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Myles Deck and the Fuzz

You Can’t Heal a Sick Riff (independent)

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In what is becoming an increasingly sad tradition of good local bands calling it quits, Myles Deck and the Fuzz recently announced its last show will take place at Gus’ Pub on March 26. I have always admired the Fuzz’s total commitment to sneering, Stooges-styled garage rock and its final release, You Can’t Heal a Sick Riff, is a respectable swan song in this fine tradition. While nothing will top the rippling menace of 2008’s Police Cops seven-inch---one of the best local releases I’ve heard probably ever---this last bit of Fuzz has plenty of fun moments. From lines like “I’m laying waste to the human race” in album opener “El Mariachi” to the undeniably ill bassline that kicks off “Ice Blue Metal,” Riff solidifies the Fuzz’s well-deserved position as one of the city’s most clearly realized, ball-busting, jam-smeared rock ’n’ roll outfits. RIP.

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