Music Q&A: Fuzzbox

ViX, lead singer of the 80s girlband, chats about their evolution

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What informs your music and songwriting?
I am open to inspiration 24/7. You never know what is going to inspire a theme, a title, a guitar riff. It used to be all about love or rebellion but these days themes of equality, self-expression, surviving adversity etc seem to seep through.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!! started off as punky pop, alternative pop and then we embraced more of a produced 1980s pop-rock sound. Nowadays, we cover both ends of the spectrum as well as plenty in between and beyond. The new single has had comparisons with Garbage, B-52s, Muse, Blondie, The Ting Tings, Elastica, Duran Duran sso it’s quite varied.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’ve just finished the Let’s Rock Retro Festival tour which was just such great fun! Now we’re busy promoting our new single WGAF… AWGUI!! and our Pledge Music campaign.

What’s on your rider?
Prosecco, Baileys (but not a gigantic bottle all to myself!), inflatables and posh dark choccie.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I bought an enormous bottle of duty-free Baileys on the boat over to Belgium on our first trip abroad, many moons ago, and had such a sweet tooth at the time, I drank the lot myself, not thinking about the alcoholic content. Passengers were trying to relax and watch the film Amadeus in the cinema, but I was singing raucously and doing awful body-popping and disco-type moves in front of the screen. I needed a very cold shower when we got to the hotel before the TV show!

What song do you wish you’d written?
Pretty much anything by Bowie or Prince.

What’s your worst lyric?
I think even the naffer lyrics were written knowingly with tongue in cheek, so there’s nothing too awful. Others may beg to differ!

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