Fuzz Ghost's Griffin Washburn is ready to take on the world, putting out a new 7” and hoping the label comes at a knocking. The new EP, a collection of garage rock madness, is so good that Third Outing caught up with the Fuzz War pedal aficionados to talk more about the big sound...
3rd: Tell us about your music and the band. How it started, the influences and where you want to go with it?
Griffin: Well I moved here in late August but always had a huge attraction to Nashville because the scene was just amazing there. I had a band in Memphis when I left, which was super awesome, but it just kinda hit a wall, so I started a heavier fuzz project here and I was super hyped on it. I got one of my buddies, Eli, to play drums for me, and I met this asshole named Hunter at a Growlers show and he was nice enough to play bass for me. I'm really fortunate to have such great guys behind me on the project, they’re great.
There's a new EP, what stands out on the record for you ?
Well the EP that Ongakubaka put out for me was some stuff I wrote and recorded in Memphis before I left, I put it on bandcamp on September 1st and within a couple hours they contacted me which was such a blessing. I’m going for a heavier sound now, and I actually just recorded a double single that is going to come out in December or January. it’s just a different style. My favorite part about the Fuzz Ghost EP is the Lo-Fi quality, which unfortunately will not be apart of the the double single, but it’s for the greater good!
Are there any other new or live projects going on at the moment too?
Just about two weeks ago I went to Ocean Way Studios to record five songs I’ve written over the past month or so. I’m taking two songs from the five and releasing a 7” under a label, which I have yet to find. Hopefully something comes up and someone ends up liking it, I’m crossing my fingers for that one.
"You see the same faces at a lot of the shows and everyone just enjoys each other. It’s such a great place to play music".
You spoke a lot about Nashville, what makes it an attractive city for musicians?
Just the community in general. I can’t really speak a lot about it because I'm still new to the city, and I don’t want to come off as a guy who has lots of knowledge about Nashville, because I’m still learning a lot. The one thing that attracted me the most was the gobs of people I met within a week of going to shows in the city. You see the same faces at a lot of the shows and everyone just enjoys each other. It’s such a great place to play music.
What's the story that epitomises Fuzz Ghost?
I’d say the first Nashville house show that we had sums a lot of things up. We started destroying a kit we were using, and didn't realise that the owner of the kit was at the show, and he got pretty upset about that. I think there were lamps and stuff knocked over and spilled beer on the floor and shit also. That was a really fun night. I hope their lamps and hard wood floors are okay.
Best pedal you own and why?
Definitely my Fuzz War pedal. I wanted one for way too long, and I finally had extra cash to get one. It’s the absolute best.