Here it is folks, the first ever Hozac Archival release, and man is it a whopper. The 40th anniversary first edition of two unissued 1972 cuts by New York proto punk group, FURY, fronted by a young Sonny Vincent, who would later etch out his stain on the wall of punk history in the Testors and an illustrious solo career. These two tracks were recorded and shopped around to record companies in the early 1970s, only to have their dreams quashed due to lack of interest (or having Suicide open up for them, which you can read more about later), and the band, subsequently disillusioned and restless, disbanded without any real document of it’s existence.
Sonny quickly started up another band upon FURY’s demise, Liquid Diamonds, in 1973, and never looked back (Liquid Diamonds debut 7″ coming soon on Hozac as well!), so it’s with such great excitement that we thrust forth this debut FURY single, an explosive fireball of rock’n roll mayhem aimed straight at your groin, the way it was intended, in the perfect, screaming 45 rpm format. Bonehead cruncher? Yer damn right, this criss-crossed between heavy-handed biker rock and thug pungk supreme, dripping with chain grease and burnt skin, a true ball-crushing, tit-ripping rock’n roll gem for the ages, sadly unreleased and completely unknown during it’s time. Sonny’s signature style is immediate, even at this early of an age, the seething vocals are incredible, sounding much like his better-known later Testors material, yet with such an over-the-top proto punk hammer damaged sound drilling away in the background, you’ll feel your life getting better with each consecutive spin.
And since Sonny Vincent is sorely absent from the main NY punk histories and compendiums published in the last 20 years of discovery, we felt that a long-form interview with Sonny was overdue, something that put these earlier bands into perspective against the usual suspects of the era, and concentrating on his experiences in the pre-1976 rock’n roll underworld, of which his involvement in, we knew very little about. If you’ve been with us for the long haul, you may remember the Testors interview we ran in issue #12 of Horizontal Action Magazine, an epic read in itself, which drummed up interest from John Reis of Swami Records (and Rocket From the Crypt) to get their Testors reissue 2LP package into production back in 2003. We just didn’t think to dig back even further, so feast your eyes on the brand new interview, which sheds light on Sonny’s early bands on the 1970s, Distance, FURY, Liquid Diamonds and all the well-recollected nuances from the dawn of New York City punk, not the typical CBGBs or Max’s stories, but the Coventry, The Circus, and Greenwich Village High School scenes where the seeds of punk as we know it were falling into place, well before the magical year of 1976.
Recommended If You Like:
Third World War, Soggy, Black Sabbath, MC5, Motorhead, Pink Fairies, Stooges, Testors, David Peel, The Dogs, Blue Cheer
Stream a 1972 Radio Spot for a FURY show at Greenwich Village High School!
Stream the FURY A-side here:
‘Flying’ b/w ‘100% Proof’ 7″ (HZR-125)
1st press Black edition of 600 Available HERE :