By Alistair Wickens
Fuser was formed by Auckland brothers Ian and Peter Black in 2002 with the intention of recording an album. Recording finally started in 2004 and the album was released early this year. Tracks have been snapped up for various compilation releases, including a cover CD for UK magazine Rockbound. Fuser play a mix of hard driving rock and slower ‘ballads’. Musically tight, they write well-crafted songs, and it’s not difficult to see how they won The Rock’s Rock Scholarship this year. The album is let down by the lyrics which are clichéd and at times overly cheesy. Also the lyrics often don’t seem to fit the music behind them - a prime example being the tracks Independent Woman and Power of Two. If Fuser can come up with some strong, original lyrics for their next release, they should be able to put out an album that builds considerably on the success they will enjoy with this debut.