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Knee Deep in Dirty Water

by The Fourfits

Thick, blues-based licks, with plenty of grit and vocals rooted in early American punk.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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3. Desire
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4. From You
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5. In Hell
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6. Let it Go
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7. All That I Need To Know
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Album Notes
In the summer of 2003, drummer Sean Caldwell, guitarist Pat Normandin and bassist Matt Bauleke got together to form a band. Their approach would be one of powerful, driving, blues based rhythms. The foundation had been laid but all agreed that in order to build a truly kick-ass rock band, powerful vocals and a lead guitar were mandatory. The answer was found in Steve Swortwood. Material developed as well as friendships. The four members were a perfect fit and the Fourfits were born.

The San Jose based rock band began performing in San Jose and Santa Cruz and quickly developed a reputation for their high-energy live performances. In the beginning of 2004, the band cut a demo entitled "Sixer" and was soon tearing up the bay area music scene. After a year and a half of wreckless debauchery, the band headed back into the studio with new material and forged a full length to remember, Knee Deep in Dirty Water.

CD reviews of The Fourfits 2004 CD release, Sixer:
With the recent format change on KSJO, some may fear that rock is dead in the South Bay. Not so. The Fourfits are alive and kicking. Their 2004 release is a perfect substitute for those who crave that “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” approach. “Sixer” invokes a desire to toss back too many bourbon shots with your beer and get in a drunken brawl, while your girl drives off and leaves you at the bar. This isn’t actually what The Fourfits’ six-song demo is all about, but it’s the type of blues-based, throwback, rock attitude that comes across.Right off the bat, “My Misery” gets your head wagging, and you know what kind of musical experience you’re in for. The songs get swampier, as the guys pour on the southern style and the guitar continues to wail. Midway through the CD, you understand the kind of overindulgence that leads to sentiments of “can’t get enough till I don’t want it” and the kind of reflection that leads to “I was just waiting to say what I came here to say, that there’s nothing to say at all.” Finishing up strong with a track titled “Mislead,” there’s nothing misleading about what’s being put out there. “Sixer” is straight-forward rock. It’s rhythmic enough to be comforting, and gritty enough to be interesting. “Sixer” has a classic sound. There’s nothing trendy about it so it’ll be just as good 20 years from now, as it is today, as it would have been 20 years ago. Steve Swortwood’s powerful voice has that rock star timbre that carries a lot of depth, and the driving foundation of the band is a perfect fit. The Fourfits have channeled their energy into this one, and you can imagine the oomph of their live show.

If you know what’s good for you, crank this one up to eleven and lock yourself in your bedroom. There is no better therapy than loud rock and roll for every ailment from a broken heart to a broken toe. The San Jose-based Fourfits know this to be true, and their debut EP, with songs including “My Misery,” “Loverfool,” “Slippin’ Away,” and “Misled,” proves them to be no strangers to life’s more difficult moments.

Playing both the victim and the healer, the Fourfits present a blues-driven guitar rock sound that never falters throughout all six songs found on “Sixer.” Lots of distortion, seemingly improvised bluesy guitar solos, and vocals that recall Scott Weiland in his grungiest days make for an intensely cathartic listen. Sounding more like relaxed veterans than young newcomers, the Fourfits benefit from nice production work on this release that emphasizes both their distorted low end and the explosive splashes of high hat and cymbal.

Improved songwriting on a future full-length including a catchy hit song could earn the Fourfits acclaim as one of the best hard rock bands in the Bay Area. For a group that formed only a year and half ago, that’s quite a forecast. But it’s also not one to be taken lightly.

- Nate Seltenrich



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Steve Monier

All the music put out by you guys really rocks.