Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Furious - The Future of the Teddy Boys

I know it’s been said about hundreds of groups over the years, out of wishful thinking more than bullshit, but Furious really could be the future for rock ‘n’ roll. They’re the best thing to come out of Liverpool since Billy Fury, and that includes that over-rated gang of mop-toppers who screamed more than their girl fans. They have the right look and attitude for a teddy boy band and they are the heirs apparent to Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers when they decide to hang up their crushers – what a sad day that’ll be. The first couple of years saw them playing local dates to any crowd they could - the mind boggles at the thought of these young teds slapping away to the delight of the goths and the skinheads. Nowadays they have such a good reputation on the rocking scene that they now play dates all over Europe.

Formed in 2003, the backbone of the band are the Halligan brothers, Mark and Andy. According to Roy Williams of Nervous Records their Dad drives around in a 1958 black Zodiac, and the first thing you see when you walk in the door of their house is a big jukebox. Their drummer was originally Mark Fazakerly, but is now Yann Gourmelon.

To date the boys have only released one EP, but the good news is they are currently in the process of cutting their debut album. If it can generate half the excitement of their live show it’ll be well worth the wait. I saw them at the 2008 Rockers Reunion and was blown away by them. It’s in your face rock ‘n’ roll, hot, sweaty and bloody good.

Furious EP – (Nervous Records)

1.ASBO Shuffle 2.Don't Change Your Style 3.All Night Long 4.Pretty Little Lilly

Mark Halligan (vocals and piano on All Night Long)
Andy Halligan (guitar)
Chris Hough (bass)
Dave Searson (drums)

For more info including live dates check out their website at

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