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Füxa

Füxa was created in 1994 and their music has been described as psychedelic and experimental. Their first collaborative effort was a collection of short, guitar and synth driven, primal instrumental space rock songs, recorded at home on a borrowed 6-track cassette recorder. The tapes were later brought to friend Erik Kassab of Gravity Wax for mixing and mastering at his Mission Control home studio. The resulting masters totaled over 90 minutes, and the best hours worth of music was selected for their first release, a hand colored, labeled and numbered cassette. This tape was sold at local indie record shops, and quite a few copies were given away by the band. College DJ Lunar Larry played many selections from this tape on his Friday night program, "The Life According to Larry", on WHFR radio. Nieman & Anderson at that time began to take the Detroit coffee house scene by storm, quickly building a cult following with their brief, psychedelic, erratic performances. The duo performed with the assistance of an old, literally falling apart Korg mono/poly synthesizer, often left to its own devices to produce loud, random arpeggios throughout the entire performance, which almost always cumulated in a drum circle where audience participation was encouraged to "feel good" with the band.

Füxa's first full-length CD was a compilation of their first 3 singles, entitled "3 Field Rotation", released by England's Che Records in May 1996. To correspond with the release of the disc, the duo was invited over to London to play shows supporting the disc. Later that year, the band was featured on a split 7-inch with Stereolab, and performed a few shows with Stereolab in the USA. Other bands they have split recordings with include Azusa Plane, Orange Cake Mix, Flowchart and Bright.

 

Detroit-based experimental rock legends, Füxa focus on a lo-fi, electronics-heavy blend of droning, treated guitars, vintage synths, and sparse percussion in the vein of suicide, Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized, and neu!. Comprised of Randall Nieman, Tom Meade, and Ryan Anderson, the group formed in 1995 after Nieman left Dearborn-based space-rock group Windy & Carl to pursue other projects. He hooked up with Anderson, who'd recently severed his ties with another local group, Asha Vida, and a common interest in arcane instruments and electronics led the pair to each form a label -- Nieman with Mind Expansion and Anderson with Astro Lanes -- to put out collaborative material. What followed was a veritable flood of releases, not only on Mind Expansion and Astro Lanes, but labels such as Burnt Hair, Rocket Girl, the Great Pop Supplement, Static Caravan, Alley Sweeper, Che, Darla and more. most of them meticulously conceived with an eye toward collectibility (hand-cut and numbered sleeves, colored vinyl, strategic split recordings, etc.). The result was Füxa's quick ascension to cult status, buoyed by split recordings with artists such as the Azusa Plane, Telescopes, Martin Rev, Dean and Britta and Stereolab. For the better part of the last decade, fuxa frontman Randall Nieman has also been a part of sonic boom"s Spectrum as well as sitting in from time to time with long time friends and collaborators the telescopes. so, finally after a few years consumed by other projects, fuxa returns full steam with a new album and a string of ltd edition split singles which have all sold out in record time. finally, the king of space rock has returned!!!  

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