Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fayuca (Republish)

I am continually amazed at the variety of music that Arizona has to offer. Fayuca is a perfect example of some colorful blends of genre available. The reggae-ska-punk of Fayuca better serves the memory of Bradley Nowell of Sublime than the remaining members of the band itself accomplished with their most recent release Sublime with Rome.

Fayuca, even though they take on stages much larger, would be the ultimate Cheba Hut house band. If someone in the room has not lit up a doobie within the first two minutes of Fayuca playing I suggest that you start the track over because someone is missing something. However, to their credit and to not cheapen their music that doob is not all that necessary but they certainly complement each other. If you know what I’m saying.

I have a hard time admitting my undying love for ska. Fayuca makes me proud of my weird penchant for skanking poorly for an hour or until puking (whichever comes first). There is not a single song that I dislike. The band has a very unique and genuine blending of angry punk rock and soothing reggae that most other reggae-influenced music lacks. The emotions of their songs are cohesive and constant. There is no beginning or ending to the joy and tranquility nor to the anger and fight.

Everything about the arrangement of Fayuca’s music is spot on and that terrifies the hell out of me. There are moments when listening to Fayuca that cause a catharsis of tranquility all while still grounded in my angry reality. Fayuca instead joins the listener with cooperation.

Recently, awarded “KWSS’s Best Reggae Song of 2011” and a signing with the prestigious Fervor Records, Fayuca will have a new album out this fall and I can’t wait. Whether you’re a fan of reggae, punk, pot, ska, or music in general I highly recommend listening to Fayuca as soon as possible. It will fill a void in your life.

Original published: May 1, 2012 (unedited).