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Seth Faergolzia & the 23 Psaegz / Press

“As promised Adam Green showed up to sing a tune with Dufus (Seth Faergolzia and band) at Cake Shop on Saturday night, but he wasn't alone. Fellow Moldy Peach Jack Dishel also sang, and so did two other members of the defunct anti-folk band: Brent Cole and Toby Goodshank, who both also play in one of the opening bands, Berth Control. Kimya Dawson, who now spends most of her time on the other coast, was not in the house, but Regina Spektor was and she also sang a song as you can see in the pictures (it was two nights before she headlined a benefit for Daniel Cho at MHOW).”

“Dufus's Maestro Seth Faergolzia's singularly spastic-elastic vocals are still ever-present--buttressed by vertiginous instrumental runs that seem to purposefully meander--but are now filtered through chamber pop that is above all characterized by a somber restraint. Eth finds the eccentric frontman's timbre comparatively more sedated, which keeps the quirky instrumental arrangements from being overshadowed. And while this imbues certain musical elements with a welcome visibility, this decidedly more staid approach seems at odds with the band's brilliant ability to cultivate eccentricity at will. "Life Is Empty" gives us Faergolzia in full folk troubadour mode, while "Gracious Host" is a kind of pseudo-tango--both lacking the panache of singularity that is quintessential Dufus...”

“Dufus plays frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs. The band has ties to the local anti-folk scene, but Dufus exploitations are bigger and more ambitious than those of, say, the Moldy Peaches. It's hard to think of a style not at least touched upon by Dufus, but the group's woozy delirium somehow makes it sound more cohesive than it probably should.”

The Onion

“Like an encyclopedia of so-called outsider music condensed into a Downtown pagan mystery meeting. Dufus’s recent “1:3:1” is the most unironically anarchic album I’ve heard all year. As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.”

Richard Gehr - Village Voice

“Things to look out for include Seth Faergolzia’s “Celibacy Pants,” which shows fiber art going punk.”

Robert Smith - New York Times

“They’re making this wonderful, wonderful noise, pure song-making without the baggage of clichés. How compelling, in these unromantic, unreal hollow days of packaged ‘extremes’ and punk rock boy bands. We need romantic, real-world dreamers like this. We need DUFUS.”

Organ Magazine

“How to describe this stuff? Sort of like a marching band made out of acoustic guitars and monsters from the Muppet Show, their songs are largely about noise, chaos and incoherence, i mean - and it pains me to say - they really, really rock. There is a raw energy here the likes of which you rarely see anywhere. And...a close listen reveals substantial musical ability and craftsmanship. Dammit. Dammit!”

Ghetto Blaster Magazine

“Incredibly uplifting circus tunes.”

Tokion

“Cartoonishly elastic and spastic vocals are the love-'em-or-hate-'em main attraction at this freakshow, but the double-take they demand also reveals whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay, and a truly talented band as tight and precise as they are loose and stylistically wide-ranging.”

Brad Stark - KUSF/MTV San Francisco

“This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.”

Relix

“The unquenchable enthusiasm and daring of its delivery is enough to give you an aesthetic awakening.”

Jambands.com

“Tender calm and epiphanistic lyrics.”

New York Press

“Seth Faergolzia could be the poster boy for anti-folk.”

Stylus

“I have never heard anything like this before or since.”

Pop Matters

“I fucking dare you not to love this band.”

Splendid

“Rightly respected as one of the most prolific, original and influential bands to emerge from the anti-folk scene and in their ten years of being have been criminally ignored by wider audiences...Bands like Dufus are essential within the rock music spectrum to keep complacency and mediocrity well in its place.”

National Student Newspaper