Sergeant Buzfuz are an alternative folk septet based in south London led by Joe Murphy who also plays solo under his own name and co-runs the Blang record label. Joe's songs are a mixture of the pop. post-punk and folk he grew up listening to in Sheffield and the storytelling tradition of his Irish ancestors.
Fifth album "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" (2012) chronicled the story of the first fourteen centuries of the papacy. Gideon Coe played tracks seven times on his BBC 6 show. Ian Rankin listed it in his top twenty albums of the year. Joe and Polly performed the album as a show at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012.
Sixth album "Balloons For Thin Linda" is due out in early 2015. Recording was finished in September 2013 but personal events have distracted Joe from organising its release. It's a collection of stories about London (and one about Sheffield).
Joe will record a solo album in the new year. This will be a more minimal folky affair. This should be followed by the next installment of papal history (a band album).
Sergeant Buzfuz have played BBC 6 Music sessions for Tom Robinson (twice) and Marc Riley.
Joe ran the Blang nights at London's 12 Bar Club for ten years from 2002 which gave birth to the Blang label.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014
New album should be in shops either November or January. Artwork being finalised.
Video being made for next single "Gold Feelings".
Joe playing various solo shows in meantime. See Gigs page.
New short film featuring Joe/Sgt Buzfuz
Thursday, 15 May 2014
A new short film by Susanna Hellden about four London-based musical acts and their relationship with the city was premiered at the BFI recently. It's now on YouTube here It features a couple of short interviews with Joe and a video for 'Danny's Room' from upcoming album 'Balloons For Thin Linda'.
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
Our 2010 Tom Robinson session was repeated the other night on BBC 6Music. You can catch it for another 5 days here
We've started work on recording our new album which should be out later this year if we can afford to keep booking the studio twice a month. It features our new bassist George Brufton.
Joe is playing his first dates in Germany and Holland in April, for this and other band/solo gigs see Gigs
'Sur Le Pontiff D'Avignon' from the last album is featured on the covermount CD of the latest issue of R2 magazine, available at larger branches of W H Smith and discerning newsagents.
The new Band Of Holy Joy mini-album ‘The North
Is Another Land’ is out now. As with all this splendid band’s output it’s a
great album. It seems to be a collection of rarities and curiosities and
features ‘It Is Written On The Wind’, a track Joe played lead guitar on in 2004. The mini-album/maxi-EP is beautifully packaged and here’s a review
Gideon Coe played us again on Tuesday night on BBC 6 Music. That's six times in seven weeks. Thanks Mr Coe. Due to the kind of technical hitch/bad luck that seems to follow us around the album's shop release has been put back a week to Monday April 16. But you can order it now from the Blang Records shop and as a download from all digital stores. The first review is in at FolkWords and they're going to interview us next week.
Arts Desk radio
Monday, 02 April 2012
The Arts Desk radio show gave 'Here Come The Popes Part 4' a spin. It left them in hysterics. â€œI find myself almost lost for words...absolutely gloriousâ€ said Peter Muggs. About 50 mins in here
Tom Ravenscroft BBC 6 spin
Saturday, 24 March 2012
A track from the new album was played for the fifth week in a row on Gideon Coe's BBC 6Music show on Thursday. Tom Ravenscroft was standing in for him this week. "It's a peculair record. I think I rather like it though" he said. Then he announced the album is called "Go To The Evil And Shake Yourself" which we quite like."Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself is out April 9th.
More radio play
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Gideon Coe played 'Here Come The Popes Parts 2 and 3' on Monday on 6Music. That's 4 weeks in a row he's played the new album. We'll have news of an April gig in London very soon.
Thursday, 08 March 2012
Gideon Coe played "A Hole In The Wall" from the forthcoming "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" LP again last night, he's played tracks from the album three weeks in a row.
More radio/Brixton gig Friday
Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Gideon Coe played another track from the new LP last week: "Here Come The Popes Part 4". We're onstage at 11 30 on Friday night at the Prince Albert on Coldharbour Lane, London SW2. Free entry.
Radio play, new album
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Gideon Coe played "A Hole In The Wall" from our forthcoming "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" album on BBC 6Music. The album is due out on Easter Monday April 9.
Radio session Friday
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
This Friday night at 11 30 Joe brings his Holloway tales event to Johny Brown's Mining For Gold show on Resonance 104.4 FM. Joe and 8 or 9 other songwriters perform their songs inspired by an afternoon down the Holloway Road. It follows the live session by the full Buzfuz band on last Saturday's Hello Goodbye show, also on Resonance.
Molly's Bar on radio tonight
Saturday, 09 July 2011
Tom Robinson's playing Molly's Bar tonight on BBC 6 about 1.40 am
"Danny's Room/Molly's Bar" single out now
Saturday, 04 June 2011
Our new double A side single â€œDannyâ€™s Room/Mollyâ€™s Barâ€ (BLANG 33) is out now in all download shops.
Weâ€™re promoting the single live here: Tuesday June 7 12 Bar Club LONDON (see below) Friday June 17 The Grain Barge BRISTOL
And weâ€™re part of this recent feature on â€œPost-Folkâ€ on the news website of London Metropolitan Universityâ€™s journalism students.
Ray Davies night
Monday, 23 May 2011
I'm playing Ray Davies pre-Meltdown tribute at Boogaloo tonight. I'm
playing 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else', plus two of mine, and then
playing the pub joanna for the mass singalong finale of 'Lola'. Only Â£3
Danny's Room/Molly's Bar single
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Our next single is a double A side download release. Dannyâ€™s Room/Mollyâ€™s Bar is out on May 30th.
Don Letts plays 'Wake Up Brixton'
Monday, 24 January 2011
Don Letts played 'Wake Up Brixton, Eat Your Breakfast' on his BBC 6Music show on Saturday night/Sunday morning. It's the 4th track on our forthcoming 'Knock Knock Knock' EP and is an Oculus III Remix of 'Knock Knock Knock' You can hear it here at the 43 minute mark.
Knock Knock Knock on Sky Sports
Friday, 14 January 2011
If you have Sky Sports on your TV you can hear our new single â€˜Knock Knock Knockâ€™ this Saturday (tomorrow) on Sky Sports 2â€™s â€˜Soccer AMâ€™ show (10 am to 12). Apparently itâ€™s going to be the theme music for some hot goal action as various footballers knock knock knock the ball into the back of the net.
End Of Year Report
Friday, 24 December 2010
2010: We released â€˜Here Come The Popes Part 4â€™, the last single from â€˜High Slangâ€™ and promoted it with a live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music. We said goodbye to John Paul Jones and Kate Arnold. Said hello briefly to Steve Gilchrist who played bass for several months. Then said hello to our new bassist (and banjo player!) Andy Crowe. We recorded our next two singles, â€˜Knock Knock Knockâ€™ and Mollyâ€™s Barâ€™ and carried on work on the next album â€˜Go To The Devil And Shake Yourselfâ€™ which is about 80% done.
2011: Weâ€™re going to release these records at last. Rough schedule: February 21: Knock Knock Knock EP (4 tracks) May: Mollyâ€™s Bar single Summer: Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself album (the history of the papacy up to early 1400s). And weâ€™ve got loads of other new songs weâ€™ll be playing live.
Good luck for 2011 Sergeant Buzfuz
Sunday, 25 July 2010
It's summer. And we're all buggering off on various holidays. Mine's a slightly working holiday as I'm playing at the Edinburgh Festival and no doubt a few folk nights in Banffshire. We'll be back in September starting with the first 12 Bar Club Blang night in its new first-Tuesday-of-the-month slot on September 7th. This one should see all 6 of us playing, including our new bassist Mr Andy Crowe. Then we play three London gigs in October. I'm currently putting finishing touches to EP due in October and playing accordion on Kinkajou's forthcoming album. Have a good summer. Joe
July Newsroom: new video, Edinburgh Festival etc
Monday, 05 July 2010
Hereâ€™s a video of us playing â€˜Knock Knock Knockâ€™ at our recent BBC 6 session for Tom Robinson. Featuring Steve â€˜Stuffyâ€™ Gilchrist guesting on bass. Stuffyâ€™s last gig with us will be the Blang night at the 12 Bar Club this Monday July 12th. And then weâ€™re auditioning new bassists. Weâ€™re still busy in studio here and there working on the Popes album and new EP. Iâ€™m playing solo at the Edinburgh festival at Lachâ€™s late night Antihoot (12 30 to 2 30) at the Gilded Balloon Teviot on August 7 and 8. Joe
Wednesday, 02 June 2010
We've started recording our next record, the"Knock Knock Knock" EP. It'll be "Knock Knock Knock" and 3 B sides including a remix by Oculus III. We've also been recording for the next album which'll be the first 'Popes' album. We're hoping to finish that by the end of the year. We play a gig of entirely new songs on Monday July 12 at the 12 Bar Club. And I'm playing 3 songs at a Leonard Cohen "Under The Influence" night at the Boogaloo in Highgate on June 21st. One Cohen song and two of mine. Stay buzzed up! Joe
BBC 6 Session Repeat
Saturday, 01 May 2010
BBC 6 SESSION REPEAT Two tracks from the session we recorded for Tom Robinson's show in March are broadcast again on Tom's show this Sunday night/Monday morning from 1 to 3 am. 'Here Come The Popes Part 4' and 'Knock Knock Knock' are slated for airplay.
RECORDING NEXT WEEK We're back in the studio on Tuesday night to start recording 'Knock Knock Knock' and B sides for a 4 track download EP.
JOE SOLO IN LEEDS/SHEFFIELD I'm playing solo in Leeds and Sheffield over the Bank Holiday at the end of the month. They're both Blang nights, other acts to be confirmed soon. Details here Joe
BBC 6Music session this Friday
Monday, 22 March 2010
Weâ€™re playing a live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music this Friday March 26th. The show airs from 7 to 9 pm. Weâ€™re starting with recent single Here Come The Popes Part 4. This will be the last emission from the High Slang album. Then weâ€™ll play 2 new songs to kick off the next phase of Buzfuz. Listen in on DAB radio or online here
SAVE 6 MUSIC Hereâ€™s what you can do to save the only national radio station playing decent music:
TOM ROBINSONâ€™S 60TH BIRTHDAY BASH Tom Robinson, our biggest supporter on the radio, celebrates his 60th birthday with a Glad To Be Grey gig at the Shepherdâ€™s Bush Empire on Tuesday June 1st. Tickets are Â£15 here Letâ€™s try and sell the night out for one of the countryâ€™s biggest champions of underground music. Please make the effort to come along if you can.
'Popes 4 Cops 1' single launch
Thursday, 04 March 2010
Our new double A sided download single â€˜Popes 4 Cops 1â€™ (BLANG 26) is out this Monday 8th March. The A side is a shorter version of â€˜Here Come The Popes Part 4â€™ from â€˜High Slangâ€™. The AA side is â€˜Here Come The Copsâ€™ an instrumental remix by Oculus III (my remixing alias) dedicated to Vatican priest Cesare Burgazzi who led police on a high-speed car chase through Rome last October after being stopped in a red-light district. When caught after 20 minutes Burgazzi said â€˜â€You have no idea who I am. You donâ€™t know who youâ€™re messing with.â€
Weâ€™re playing with guest bassist Stuffy, AKA solo artist Stephen Evens, ex-singing drummer in Stuffy/The Fuses and ex-drummer with Graham Coxon. Stuffy is also joining us for a BBC 6Music (God save them) live session on Tom Robinsonâ€™s show on Friday March 26th.
Iâ€™m also playing solo at a night Iâ€™ve arranged at the Elixir Bar on Eversholt Street, near Mornington Crescent tube, on Wednesday March 10th, Iâ€™m on early at 8 and am followed by my guests Lucyâ€™s Diary, Reipas, Kinkajou and Corporal Machine and the Bombers.
This is the last single from High Slang and then weâ€™ll be releasing new stuff.
BBC 6 airplay
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Tom Robinson played forthcoming single A side 'Here Come The Popes Part 4' last week on BBC 6Music
Popes 4 Cops 1 single
Sunday, 22 November 2009
â€œPopes 4 Cops 1â€ is a double A side single due in March. The A side is a shorter mix of â€œHere Come The Popes Part 4â€ and the AA side is â€œHere Come The Copsâ€, a remix of the track by Oculus III (Joeâ€™s remix alias). The remix is a response to the recent news story of Vatican priest Cesare Burgazzi who led police on a high-speed car chase through Rome after being stopped in a red-light district.
Itâ€™s remixed in the style of a 70s TV cop show. The A side will be the last single from â€œHigh Slangâ€. The band are rehearsing new songs and are planning 2 albums, one being the first part of the history of the Catholic Church and the other being Pope-free.
NORTHERN GIGS IN JANUARY The band visit Sheffield and Derby in mid-January. Friday 15th SHEFFIELD The Grapes Saturday 16th DERBY The Old Bell Inn
Blang label showcase
Monday, 28 September 2009
Buzfuz appear at the Blang label Showcase Night as part of the BBC Introducing "Fresh On The Net" Festival:
Blang Records Showcase at Fresh On The Net Festival A BBC Introducing Event October 21, Riverside Studios Hammersmith
Blang Records are proud to announce their involvement in Fresh On The Net Festival, a two week festival curated by Tom Robinson from BBC 6music. To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the â€˜BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Netâ€™ radio show, Tom Robinson is presenting a fortnight of outstanding new songwriters, indie bands and electronic artists at Riverside Studios. The festival will run from Tuesday 20th October to Sunday November 1st. For more information go to: www.freshonthenet.co.uk
Tom has invited Blang to produce a label showcase as part of the festival on Oct 21st, with eight acts reflecting the diverse range of characters on the label. It promises to be a civilised but lively affair, in a seated venue with a curfew of 10.20pm. Plenty of time for an aftershow party then!
The line up is as follows: Milk Kan David Cronenbergâ€™s Wife Sergeant Buzfuz Dexter Bentley Filthy Pedro Kinkajou Malcolm Kaksois Lucyâ€™s Diary
What: Fresh On The Net Festival, Blang Records night When: Wednesday October 21st Where: Studio 3, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL Tickets: Â£6 Doors: 7.30 (first band on at 8pm) Tickets available here.