Strawberry Fuzz Share New Single “Dropout”
This past fall, Strawberry Fuzz presented Wasting My Time, a 3-song teaser produced by guitarist Alex Arias and the band themselves. Building on the reaction to 2021’s collection of raw demos, Fuzztapes Vol.1, the teaser found the band documenting their experience in the dirty underside of LA life, from sniping at the scene kids on the eastside of LA to calling out the elites of the Westside beach cities – as well as critiquing surf conditions.
Now, Strawberry Fuzz returns with the follow-up to that teaser, a full-length LP entitled Strongs Dr., out now via CandyShop Recordings. Featuring the three songs on that initial teaser, previously released singles (“No Lighter” “Talk”, and “Sugar”), and more new tracks, Strongs Dr. is a continuation of the Cali surf-punk exhibited on their past releases, but with even more bite. Last night, the band additionally kicked off the album with sold out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
“The album is a blend of all the people I grew up with in LA. Stoners, pill heads, downers, uppers, straight kids — it’s pretty much all in there,” says vocalist Colby Rodgers.
“We named the album Strongs Dr. after the street our buddy Chris lives on in Venice. We spent a lot of long nights at his place during the making of the album. He also co-wrote and sings on the last voice memo recorded track with me. Shoutout Chris and the entire westside crew.”
In addition to sharing the full-length record, today, the band shines a spotlight on its focus track, “Dropout”. As Rodgers describes of the track’s origins: “In high school, it was casual to see kids taking pills in the bathroom. South LA is a nice beach community but a lot of kids were getting into heavy shit fast. Luckily, I was a stoner back then so, I didn’t get caught up in the oxy.”