Fringe World Perth: Furnace and The Fundamentals bring unique brand of mashed-up party covers

Digby, left, and Furnace from Furnace and The Fundamentals. The band will be playing at Metro City as part of Fringe World Perth.
Digby, left, and Furnace from Furnace and The Fundamentals. The band will be playing at Metro City as part of Fringe World Perth.

SYDNEY six-piece Furnace and The Fundamentals are bringing their unique brand of mashed-up party covers and wicked dance moves to Perth for Fringe World Festival.

By Dave Gardiner

As the group prepares to put on its larger than life show Furnapalooza, guitarist (and impressive dancer) Digby said the group could barely contain its excitement.

“We’ve always wanted to be a part of Fringe, it’s such an open-minded audience and there’s so much diversity,” he said.

“People don’t need to know who you are to want to come and check you out and really get involved in the shows.

“It gives us a chance to play venues like Metro City, which is an amazing venue for a band like us, and we’re just so excited to play that venue again.”

The band recently helped sell out a tour with Hot Dub Time Machine – their own brand of live music mashups working perfectly with the intergenerational sounds of the DJ.

They got their start playing covers to help finance their career as a group of original songwriters, before realising they had found an irresistibly fun niche when asked to play a gig as a cover band between DJs.

“We knew the only other covers being done at these shows were by the DJs, since they produced their own remixes and it kept going and the people kept dancing… so we though ‘maybe if we do that, people will react well?’

“We realised it wasn’t so much about the individual song, but how it worked into the next song, and then the next song.

“We’re just so lucky to have the right combination of guys in the band who can go from Depeche Mode to Price, then The Darkness, then Beyoncé.”

Furnace and The Fundamentals promise to bring a music experience that engages multiple senses – incorporating a big immersive screen, props and costume changes – all while riling the crowd up into a singing and dancing frenzy.

“We like the audience not knowing where to look next, and we love knowing the audience just wants to keep dancing with us.

We love that surprise element, and how the music can just lock together so well.”

Furnace and The Fundamentals play at Furnapalooza, Metro City on January 21 and February 3.

Log on to www.fringeworld.com.au for information and tickets.