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The Fooligans / Press

"...indie-friendly guitar rock."

“The Fooligans' 2010 LP, Love Songs for the Apocalypse, may be a heartbreak record—OK, it is—but its celebratory bounce and jangle keeps navel-gazing at bay. Lots of acts do the happy sound with depressed lyrics dynamic, but this Chapel Hill trio's approach eschews the crate-digger obscuros many happy/unhappy pop-rock acts cite. Instead, they tell their breakup stories with '70s radio rock that draws on everything from power-pop to early prog to blues-rock. Onstage, frontman Ian Leinbaugh's frequent guitar solos bring a party feel to the fore. A recent SPIN article on the re-emergence of the guitar solo in indie rock intimated there may be more to shredding than Malmsteen-level showboating, and seeing Leinbaugh play makes it believable. If anything crosses his face in the midst of a run across the 12th fret, it's a "gee-golly" expression of glee.”

“East Franklin sees some live music love too, with Swift Science and The Fooligans playing Zog's. The former rides a Black Keys-reminiscent dude-blues stomp, distorted vocals and all, while the latter simply rocks the fuck out.”

“The Bamfs and the Fooligans have shared several recent bills, and it's a logical pairing. Named for either a certain wallet inscription in Pulp Fiction or the sound Nightcrawler makes when he teleports, the Bamfs play power-chords-and-studded-belts punk rock that alternates between breakneck moshers and doo-wop. Chapel Hill's Fooligans originate in the rock camp, yet their Stratocaster worship is decidedly more reckless and physical than the obvious touchstones.”

“YES, PLEASE... The Fooligans take what they like from the worlds of classic rock and blues, infusing punk energy and Americana storytelling. They walk away with a sort of evergreen rock style that's largely immune to the ebb and flow of genre trends. The focus isn't on reinventing the wheel but rather on writing guitar-driven rock with strong melodic hooks. They succeed admirably.”

“Setting out to make music that is, in their own words, “something like The Band Meets Yes,” the group pulls together an incredible mix of influences and styles ranging from rock and blues to folk and jazz. The result is a high energy explosion of sound that would send The Band quivering and make Yes take notes...the tracks weave together sordid tales of Romance that would make Shakespeare and Hemingway proud.”

"I've just really kind of fallen in love with a lot of the local music around here," [Leinbaugh] says. "It's definitely been a drive for me just to create something that is different from everything else." The band released its first record, the Greg Humphreys-produced Love Songs for the Apocalypse, last fall and has been through a few evolutions in sound and lineup since then. The current crew—Leinbaugh, bassist John Colvin, drummer Neil Colvin—deliver their take on pop/rock anthems with a bit of punk snarl. "Basically, we've just tried to write exactly what we feel like, which is trying to be as true to ourselves as possible." says Leinbaugh.

“The Fooligans are just beginning their onslaught on the music scene, so what better way to welcome them than to make one of their own face down five furious questions. Lead guitarist and singer, Ian Leinbaugh, has gladly stepped up to speak for himself and his fool army, bassist John and drummer Neil Colvin. See what he’s got to say after the jump.”

“DTH called the Fooligans "the little engine that could," but right now they're more like the Royal Palm that Abner Jay sang about- a full-force southern rock giant.”

“The Fooligans are the little engine that could of the Triangle...Love Songs For the Apocalypse can attest to The Fooligans’ determination...full of references to North Carolina, The Fooligans’ debut album provides a warm correlation between traveling and the beauty of the landscape in our own back yard...the raw sound of The Fooligans is dangerously enjoyable and ultimately easy to befriend. ”

"Found a fantastic band, The Fooligans. Sign 'em up without delay!"