Formerly operating as techno duo, Captain Fufanu, with the addition of live instrumentation – and the band name shortened to a more economical Fufanu (“the Captain was left behind at a rave in Cologne”) – the Icelandic group began working up a dark, metronomic take on 70s and 80s European music.
The rolling, hypnotic, seven minute ‘Circus Life’ – uploaded to YouTube in October – primed early adopters at Rolling Stone (‘Disclosure attending Bela Lugosi’s funeral’), Line of Best Fit (‘…like a mythical Ouroboros’) and JaJaJa (‘mesmerising’) – and is formally released as Fufanu’s debut single on the 6th April, backed with shuddering and drolly-titled live opener, ‘Goodbye’.
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In the space of one week last November Fufanu became the most talked about new band of Iceland Airwaves, made their UK live debut at JaJaJa Festival and supported Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall – winning the approval of Brian Eno into the bargain.
They repeated the trick in January with crushing sets at Eurosonic and are back in the UK supporting *Bo Ningen and The Vaccines in late March & early April:
Friday 27 March Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 28 March Hartlepool, Borough Hall
Sunday 29 March Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket
Tuesday 31st March London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen*
Wednesday 1st April London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen*
Thursday 2nd April London, Sebright Arms
Friday 3 April Portsmouth, Pyramid
Saturday 4 April Bath, Pavilion
Sunday 5 April Folkestone, The Leas Cliff Hall
Wednesday 8 April London, Brixton Electric
The band’s unusual origins go a long way to explaining how Fufanu have arrived at their exacting sound. Live, the mordant wit suggested by song titles like ‘Plastic People’ and ‘Circus Life’ can shift into thrillingly cold malevolence.