Fufanu follow up their Adjust to the Light EP with their full-length debut, Few More Days To Go via One Little Indian. Formerly operating as techno/ electronic duo, Captain Fufanu, while Kaktus and Gulli were still in their teens, with the addition of live instrumentation – and the band name shortened to a more economical Fufanu ("the Captain was left behind at a rave in Cologne") – the pair began working up a dark, metronomic take on '70s and '80s European music.
If clangourous metallic guitars and floor shaking syncopated bass are key elements in the band's powerful circumspect post-punk, then the live show with it's MBV-like furnace blasts of volume is a game changer: The mordant wit suggested by song titles like "Plastic People" and live opener "Goodbye" can shift up into thrillingly cold malevolence, fronted by ‘slyph-like' singer Kaktus Einarsson's magnetic stage presence. The band's unusual origins go a long way to explaining how Fufanu have arrived at their exacting sound.
"It is an entirely new band, even though it feels the same," explains Kaktus. "There was no certain moment when we realized that this was our sound. We just liked what we were doing and kept experimenting. From [Roskilde Festival 2013] onward, the idea of a new sound for us was born – although leaving techno was not the outcome we imagined."
As for what drives them to make such varying, eclectic and progressive music - "We are just making exactly the music that we want to listen to," Kaktus succinctly adds in the self-explanatory tone of a man to whom it would not occur to be doing anything else.