Alamein

by The Fuse

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Power Play Magazine Edition 172 - Bee Wilby

Could it be that London based band The Fuse's naming of their new album after an epic WW2 battle (El Alamein) means that they are planning on it being as pivotal to the music scene as the battle was to the allies? It seems likely, as there is no shortage of big numbers being well executed on this ten-song ensemble.

The band, which has toured with the prodigious Foreigner and the likes of UB40, has been going for more than eight years, with singer Alex Lato, Simon Bowker (Electric Guitar) Ed Thorne (drums) and SJW (Bass Guitar) putting together a sound that is unique yet extremely contemporary and catchy.

'Alamein' was produced by Javier Weyler (The Stereophonics) and is filled with drum-laden rhythms, body bopping and congenial melodies that signify The Fuse is ready for the world stage. Lato's vocals are worthy, especially on the high notes and falsetto.

The greatest songs are those that take the listener on a journey and the lyrics on this album do just that, in the main, especially on track ten, 'In This World,' where Lato shows off his voice, sounding somewhat like Christ Martin, and where the soft melodic start builds into a fantastic crescendo towards the end of the third minute. Hit songs to keep a watch on are 'Oxygen', 'Sleuth' and 'White Shark', which is likely to go down well at festivals with its great beats and psychedelic/electronic effect.

8 Power Points

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Ring Master Review - 5th August 2008

It is fair to say that the journey to the release of Alamein, and that of its creators The Fuse themselves, has been a platform of trials and issues to which many other bands would have probably thrown the towel in over long ago. Eight years on the UK rock scene has seen the band suffer member instability and changes, label collapses, and their manager struck down with cancer. The band’s new album in the thoughts of many was destined to never see the light of day, but with an attitude matching and title seemingly inspired by the Winston Churchill quote, ‘Before Alamein, we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat’, the London band’s offering is ready to captivate grip ears.

Formed in 2006, The Fuse soon began enticing ears and interest for their alternative/indie rock sound, and within a year they was heading over to LA to record their debut album after Russ Regan, who discovered and signed Elton John, had heard their single Everybody Knows The Way and signed the band up. In the financial crisis of 2008 though, his Velocity Entertainment went bust leaving no release ready and the band returning to their home city. Back in England, The Fuse continued to lure attention and support with their shows, especially after playing one with Coldplay cover band Coldplace. This triggered more gigs around the UK and in 2010, a tour of Holland supporting Coldplace as well as the sharing of a stage with UB40 and numerous festival spots. More tours and shows in Europe were followed in 2012 by the band headlining the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival and Richmond World Music Festival, and the next year playing a couple of shows with Foreigner. Now the quartet of Alex Lato, Simon Bowker, Ed Thorne, and Simon James White have their first album on the launch pad, an fair to say, the Javier Weyler (ex-Stereophonics) produced album reveals a collection of songs which just grab the imagination.

CD_CBwallet_The Fuse_12_06_2015_RingMaster ReviewAlamein opens with the outstanding Black Lion, a song tantalising with almost tribal enticing from its first breath and a cascade of harmonic vocal roars, which in turn sparks a seductive stroll of meaty rhythms and tangy grooves. The song is soon strolling with a swagger and mischievous enterprise, drums and bass a prowling shadow against the bright temptation of the guitars and quickly alluring vocals. The full result is a contagious and increasingly compelling romp inventively setting the album off on a major high and setting a lofty bar for the following Misfit to match. It is a test quickly passed as an electro shimmer of an entrance evolves into a dark Stan Ridgway like pop canter, the track proceeding to flirt with spicy hooks and sparkling melodies over another tenaciously rhythmic adventure. Its colourful mix of sound is matched by a great variety of vocals across the band too, their unions a festival of creative revelry around a lively reflective narrative.

Oxygen steps up next, treating ears to a post punk bass line and matching ambience before the vocals, with melodies in tow, awaken a ray of energy and warmth. As in the first pair of songs, imagination is soon adding little twists of sound and character to the engaging and increasingly emotionally inflamed proposition. Feet and appetite are simply bewitched by the track and indeed Sleuth which shares its resourceful vivacity next. Inside once more contrasts unite, the snarl of the bass and punch of drums tempering but more so complimenting the bubbling keys and vocal vibrancy, it all bound in fiery guitar endeavour. It is a fresh breath of drama and aural heat which is continued through the mellower White Shark and the elegant croon of Rainbows. Neither song quite spark personals tastes as strikingly as their predecessors to be honest, but each, and especially the increasingly rousing latter, grows into a potent and provocative blossom of sound and persuasion.

A twangy tone of guitar quickly makes 3AM an inviting proposal, the song growing with every passing chord into a magnetic blaze, still cored by that great initial bait and increasingly breeding a catchiness which lingers long after its boisterous departure. There are many tracks which wear single on their temptation, this certainly amongst them as too Paint This Town which actually has already had that position and unsurprisingly drawn a great many newcomers to The Fuse. Bounding in on a Blondie-esque dance of melodic flirting, the song swiftly builds its own distinct, infection soaked incitement for body and emotions. Its body of hooks and pop leaded tenacity has the musical shine of bands like Super Happy Fun Club and at times The Killers, whilst providing another pinnacle for Alamein.

The album closes with firstly the emotive and melodic smouldering of Phantom, a song which suggests that Coldplay is certainly amongst the band’s inspirations, and lastly In This World. The final song opens with a Lennon-esque tone to vocals and piano, subsequently growing into another of the slow burning persuasions on the release which builds into a richly satisfying theatre of sound and emotion which finds a potent resemblance to Queen like adventure.

Both songs offer an enjoyable end to a highly pleasing album and long last, proper introduction for the world to The Fuse. There is no doubting their journey to now has been worthwhile and creatively well spent, Alamein emerging as a very rosy addition to the melodic/indie rock discography of 2015.

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The Rock Club - 10/11

Rock, Pathos and Poetry, delivered with Churchillian values......

Eight years since formation and The Fuse could be forgiven for running out of passion for the business but, in true rock tradition, they have defied the odds and produced an album of wise reflection and insight into the frustrations of the music industry.

Singer Alex Lato is a man so passionate about his work that the band's website is an encyclopaedic collection of musings and thoughts on why, where and when every track on the record was conceived and subsequently dragged screaming into the public domain on their many tour dates. This band have toured extensively, supporting acts such as Foreigner, UB40 and even with rock's new kids on the blocks, EofE.

'Alamein' is an affirmation that all their hard work has paid off, all eleven tracks have been fully road tested and, in the main, have been chosen by the fans themselves. The band have created their PEFF (panel of elite Fuse fans) fans forum on their media sites to allow direct feedback from fans, and critics, in a bold move that will see all the songs released on Soundcloud in July ahead of the September album release date to enable the public in general to vote with their ears.

The album carries two versions of their Roman anthem 'Black Lion', a live favourite. 'Sleuth' is my top track, but feel that either 'Paint this Town' or 'Phantom' will win the the fans vote for first single. One nugget is the track 'White Shark' which seems to harp back to the 70’s and has more than a passing resemblance to Sparks (now teamed up with Franz Ferdinand).

Overall a great album and a testament to one of the hardest working bands around.

A favourite quote of Alex is Churchill’s “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat”. A metaphor and the reason behind the album's title, no doubt.

The Fuse are: Alex Lato, Simon Bowker, Ed Thorne & Simon James White

10/11
Iain @docswallow

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released September 18, 2015

Alamein Album Credits

© The Fuse 2015 All Rights Reserved
Produced by The Fuse
Additional Production by Javier Weyler
Mixed by Javier Weyler
Mix Assistant: Fran Telleria
Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering
Drums engineered by Javier Weyler at Beat Factory Studios
Guitars engineered by Simon Bowker at Studio Bowker
Vocals engineered by Alex Lato at Studio Lato & Windowless Cube Studio
Bass recorded by George Shilling at Bank Cottage Studio
Extra Strings on In This World arranged and recorded by Mike Jennings
Artwork Execution: Fran Telleria
Artwork Direction and Photography: Alex Lato
Promotion: Rob Saunders at Deuce Management and Promotion
Management: Alex Lato

Alamein

Lyrics: Alex Lato
Music:
Black Lion (Bowker, Lato, Thorne, White)
Misfit (Thorne, Lato, Bowker, White)
Oxygen (Bowker, Lato, Blair, Varnava, Dugdale)
Sleuth (Thorne, Lato, White, Bowker)
White Shark (ThornEEEE, Lato, Bowker)
Rainbows (Lato, White, Bowker, Thorne)
3AM (Varnava, Blair, Bowker, Lato, Dugdale)
Paint This Town (Blair, Lato, Bowker, Dugdale, Varnava)
Phantom (Bowker, Lato, Blair, Varnava, Dugdale)
In This World (Lato, Bowker, White, Thorne)

The Fuse:
Vocals, Backing Vocals : Alex Lato (@alexlato)
Guitars: Simon Bowker (@simon_bowker)
Drums, Backing Vocals: Ed Thorne (@theedthorne)
Bass, Backing Vocals: Simon James White (@sjwrocks)

The Fuse would like to thank:

John and Daphne Cawthorne for making the record possible.
The graffiti artists at Pescara Fruit and Veg market for their beautiful murals.
The Panel Of Elite Fuse Fans
All our wonderful twitter fans who RT and FV our tweets.

For info, tour dates, fan club and more, go to:

thefuse.london
@thefusemusic
facebook.com/thefusemusic

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The Fuse are an experienced rock band with over 200 shows behind them, including major European festivals like Breda Barst, Holland, and support slots with Foreigner and UB40.

Alamein is their first album for five years.
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Track Name: Black Lion
I sold my body to a friend of mine,
For ten gold pieces and a box of wine
I said where I'm going friend,
I won't be needing flesh any more.

They checked my luggage at the border line
Stole my money and they drank my wine
Judas Iscariot I'm gonna knock at your door, whore.

I'm a Roman soldier
I've got a chip on my shoulder
You can nail me down
But you're never gonna crucify me.

Oh, I'm gonna mend my foolish ways.

I checked into heaven on a saint's advice
He said beg for forgiveness it will save your life
He was a holier than though futher mucker
But I went anyway.

And all the angels singing Hallelujah.
All the angels singing Hallelujah.

I'm a Roman soldier
I've got a chip on my shoulder
You can nail me down
But you're never gonna crucify me.

Oh, I'm gonna mend my foolish ways.

I heard alarm bells as I escaped
My confession was a mistake
There are guards on the walls
And the angels have all got eyes
In the back of their heads

But I walked out of the gate
St Peter he was a mate
He said you'll drop like a stone
But all roads lead to Rome
Before you go
Do one thing for me.
Track Name: Misfit
Misfit

Walking like a blind man stumbling around
With her wings all clipped tonight
Wearing very little little harlot piece of spittle
Leaves tracks where its dripped and dried

How's it feel to feel so unforgiven?
How's it feel to forget that you've been forgotten?
The kid is a misfit, broken, by a school girl fantasy
The kid is a misfit, broken, its a true life tragedy.

And in the middle of the night she cries,
You can hunt me down you never take me alive
In the middle of the night she cries, Woah.

How's it feel to feel so unforgiven?
How's it feel to forget that you've been forgotten?
The kid is a misfit, broken, by a school girl fantasy
The kid is a misfit, broken, its a true life tragedy.

I wanna hold her in my arms forever.
She's got angel eyes, and lips sent straight from heaven
Lonely smile, is her last and only weapon,

The kid is a misfit, broken, by a school girl fantasy
The kid is a misfit, broken, its a true life tragedy.
Track Name: Oxygen
Oxygen

You took a long way round
Did the hardest part
Rushing headlong
Into the great beyond

Very soon you'll dance
To the greatest sound
Yeah the last laugh's
The longest one around

Ch: And now you're winning the fight to rule
Your time again, the battle to burn
Your flame like Oxygen
No limit to life don't you give it up
No limit to life
No limit to life yeah you'll live it up
No limit to life

You lie awake some nights
Hitting all time lows
And the voice inside your head
Is screaming loud.

He try to hold you down
He try to knock you out
But his best shot
Just can't put you on the ground.

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Though your eyes are barely open
And the blood comes running down
Your spirit can't be broken
In your heart there is no doubt
You're on your way up
You're on your way up
You're on your way up
You're on your way up
Oooh
Track Name: Sleuth
Right under the radar is the race car
In a riot of colour of speed
Like a diamond in the wasteland
Where the weak man loses sleep

I'm going to win this race regardless
Of rattle snakes in my way
I'll be the giant in steel armour
Fighting armies made of clay.
O, O, O.

Ch: I believe in miracles and the impossible do you?
I believe in happiness for everyone do you?
Oh – for everyone, do you?

In the corner of a green field
There's a symbol of glittering gold
Its a shock wave from the stone age
It beckons the soul you’ve sold

O should the brainstorm leave me breathless
Should I be paralised by the sign
O I will fight my foe regardless
Cos I'm restless all the time.
O,O,O.

Ch: I believe in miracles and the impossible do you?
I believe in happiness for everyone do you?

O, when the glass breaks in my head
O, when there’s a splinter in my head

I still believe, I still believe, still believe and I
I still believe I still believe in paradise, for everyone do you?

Ch: I believe in miracles and the impossible do you? (Yes I do)
I believe in happiness for everyone do you? (O, Yes I do)
Track Name: White Shark
White Shark

Dark shrouds in my dreams at night
At times I wish I'd stayed awake
Harsh sounds in my sleep at night
I never work out what they say

I can remember
That I don't remember all that much
I can remember, there's a

Ch: White shark on a bleach horizon
Trying to make it to the shore
I wish I didn't need to wonder what he's for,
If there's a higher love
To keep me strong enough
Higher light to keep me safe at night.

Strange face in my dreams at night
Memories fade away
Wise ghosts and they speak at night
But I never work out what they say

And when I wake up
I don't remember all that much
But I can remember there's a

Ch 2: White shark on a bleached horizon
Trying to make it to the shore
I wish I didn't need to wonder any more
If there's a higher love
To keep me strong enough (when the wall's come down)
Higher light to keep me safe at night.

White shark, white shark.

Ch 2: White shark on a bleached horizon
Trying to make it to the shore
I wish I didn't need to wonder any more
If there's a higher love
To keep me strong enough (when the wall's come down)
Higher light to keep me safe at night.
Track Name: Rainbows
Rainbows

I think I'd be fine if I could find the time
To peel away the outer layers within
But when I find the time
I don't like the time that I find
I hate to feel the clock beneath my skin

But who needs flowers over their dead body?
But who needs flowers over their dead body?
But who needs flowers over their dead body at all?

There are rainbows made of gasoline
In puddles on the sidewalk
As I stagger like a blind man in the snow
And I know what I don't know
But I don't know what I do
I'm a phoney and a freak, just like you

I got a room to rent
But I don't much like people,
And I'd rather be a poor man than a fraud
Thought of suicide, and I made it to the window
But I can't abide the thought of people
Gawping over my dead body

But who needs flowers over their dead body?
But who needs flowers over their dead body?
But who needs flowers over their dead body at all?

There are rainbows made of gasoline
In puddles on the sidewalk
As I stagger like a blind man in the snow
And I know what I don't know
But I don't know what I do
I'm a phoney and a freak, just like you
I'm a phoney and a freak just like you.

I think its its better to live hard and die young
Than to never live your life at all.
Track Name: 3AM
3AM

Everybody knows the way we never used to pay Attention to the road regs
O the miles we used to ride
Everybody knows the way, the way that we would sway when we’d drunk too much to sober ride – anyone but you…

I know they’ll try to stop me and I know that won’t be great
But I’ll ride as fast as I can, I’ll ride to outer space.

Ravaging the saddle as I’m pedalling the pedal and I don’t roll over the side
Roll over the side, yeah.

O we talk and I scream that I’m sick of the same old sounds
Everybody knows the way we never seemed to pay attention to the road regulations
O the miles we used to ride

Yeah yeah I know they’ll try to stop me and I know that won’t be great
But I’ll ride as fast as I can, I’ll ride to outer space.
Track Name: Paint This Town
Paint This Town

We got the freedom of the city,
And a party starting on the other side of town
So that's where we'll go

The spark and the ignition
And horizon clear as well
O the air is sweet, and my foot’s down to the floor

We've got it all worked out you know
We've got it all worked out, you know

Ch: We're ready to paint this town.

Go through the dark by intuition
We turn the lights off down the hill
Leave it all behind in our slipstream on the road

And we got it all worked out, you know.
We got it all worked out, you know.

We're ready to paint this town.
Yeah we're ready to paint this town.
Track Name: Phantom
She walks the night with silent grace and scorn
I haunt her side to watch the world and learn
And I let all my fear subside
When she sends my soul to the setting sun,
Yeah all my fear subsides then she’s gone.

I drink the drops that fall from time to time
And when my legs are tired she gives me wings to fly
And I let all my fear subside, when she sends my soul to the setting sun
Yeah all my fear subsides, then she’s gone.

And this is how I feel, this is how I fell, this is who I am,
When I set the world aside.

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And I let all my fear subside when she sends my soul to the setting sun, yeah all my fear subsides, then she’s gone

And this is how I feel, this is how I seem, this is who I am, when I set the world aside.

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Track Name: In This World
If I had my time again, lived my life again
If I could start over, I’d have my time again
Live my life again, and I would pray for
A wonderful life in this world.

But there's no second chance, can't do this again
So I'd better get myself a wonderful life in this world.

And I told myself in my darkest hour
That I got the strength and I got the power
Yeah for a wonderful life in this world.

Should I shut my eyes again
Shudder and sigh again
And say the games over, or
Do I rise again and look at the sky again
And play for a wonderful life in this world?

But there's no second dance, can't do it again,
So I'd better get myself a wonderful life in this world.

SoI told myself in my darkest hour
That I got the strength and I got the power
O for a wonderful life in this world.

In this world, in this world in this world in this world in this world…

I will find the strength I need to carry on,
Cos I know I'll find a brighter day tomorrow,

In this world, in this world, for a wonderful life in this world.