The Phuss

The Phuss

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Think Toadies meets Queens of the Stone Age in a two-piece package. Heavy emphasis on songwriting and storytelling, capable of playing intimate acoustic engagements or delivering barn-burning rock shows. Road-ready, have reliable transportation, ready to travel.

Biography

Dirty Texas Devil Rock hailing out of Ft. Worth, Texas, Joshua Fleming and Trey Alfaro are The Phuss. Another dynamic duo in the vein of The White Stripes and Black Keys, Fleming and Alfaro add in a unique Texas perspective to their raging tales of old west-influenced woe. Mixing the alt-rock roar of The Toadies, the quirky catchiness of Queens of the Stone Age and the warped country two-step of Old 97s isn’t an easy thing to do, but that’s exactly what Fleming and Alfaro have managed to accomplish. The band is currently gearing up to embark on a fall tour in support of their debut EP, a concept album titled Wanted set to be released on Halloween of 2009. The album follows a murderous outlaw through a myriad of intricately woven plot twists and turns. Guitarist/Vocalist Fleming has put together a cohesive narrative concerning transgression and ultimate redemption that certainly belies his tender age of twenty-one. Stringing together a consistent story is difficult enough, but Fleming and Alfaro have somehow managed to match the passion of the words with music that gives new meaning to the word intensity. The Phuss’ first single will be “Preacher, Preacher,” a furious slab of bluesy rock that features a narrator questioning his faith directly at a man of God. “The goal of The Phuss is to make dirty, Texas devil rock,” says Fleming; and that’s exactly what “Preacher, Preacher” is: wrath barely contained by rock’s conventions. With Alfaro pounding the drums as if he wanted them to bleed and Fleming applying crunching power chords on top of the rhythm, the sound of the Phuss is chaotic but approachable. One can find oneself humming along while being a bit frightened at the same time. “When we came up with the name, it was what we wanted people to do, to become involved and cause a fuss,” explains Fleming. “And yes, I was definitely a problem child in school, so the name fits with that aspect as well.”

--Darrell Smyers, The Dallas Observer

Lyrics

The Epilogue

Written By: Joshua Fleming

(Verse 1)

I’m tired of waking up tired with nothing to show

Give me just a little bit of light and I can blind this world

Give me just a little bit of time so my voice can be heard

All I need is a little leap of faith so I can change this world

(chorus)

All I know is that someone wants my soul

And I can hear them wagering

What will we do with this short lived life?

Will we take our time, will we take our time

(Verse 2)

I need a little hand of God I need a miracle

I need a way out of this life I need mercy and grace

I’ve been dead to goddamn long just to close my eyes

All I need is a little more time, just a little more time

The Legend of Billy Two Step

Written By: Joshua Fleming

Billy was a cowboy; he was a son of a bitch

Billy held his rifle, like a crucifix

Billy shot and raped, poor Stella st. James

Rite in broad daylight before the sheriff came

(Sheriff)

Listen Billy Two-Step it’s the end of the line

Justice will be served for this heinous crime

And underneath his breath old Billy said

Do you know who the fuck I am?

(Billy)

I own this fucking town with nickels and dimes

If your gonna try to kill me now is the time

But sheriff if you miss ill shoot you down

Cause I own this Goddamn town

(Sheriff)

The sheriff cried out at the top of his lungs

It’s a fight you gonna get if it’s a fight you want!

Billy simply smiled before he replied

“Sheriff, I ain't lucky enough to die”!

Then he shot that Sheriff between the eyes

Wanted

Written By: Joshua Fleming

(Billy)

I got just enough rope to hang my head

I got just enough rope to forgive my sins

I got the devil inside; I need a place to hide

I need those little white lines to clear my mind

Need those little white lines to clear my mind

(Chorus)

I’m a wanted man,

I got blood on these hands

I can see the diamonds in your eyes

In your eyes

(The people of the town gossiping about the new rider)

When he got back from the war he was a different man

When he got back from the war he was a different man

He couldn’t close his eyes couldn’t sleep at night

He needs those little white lines to clear his mind,

He needs those little white lines to clear his mind

(Billy)

“I’ve seen the fires of hell with my own two eyes”

“I’ve seen the fires of hell with my own two eyes”

But when he turns away you can hear them say

“Lord be the shepherd let him know your name, lord be the shepherd let him know your name”

Preacher, Preacher

Written By: Joshua Fleming

Billy)

I’ve hear the serpents lies

I’ve seen servant’s eyes

Preacher, Preacher wont you save my soul

(chorus)

Preacher, Preacher Bless my soul

I want to be a Holly man

Give me shelter form the coming storm

I want to be born again and again and again and again and again and again

(Billy)

I witnessed the fall from grace

I remember the holly face

Preacher, preacher bring me my salvation!

(Preacher)

Devil, devil get behind my back

Devil, devil you can never have

Devil, devil wont you leave me alone

(chorus)

Preacher, Preacher Bless my soul

I want to be a Holly man

Give me shelter form the coming storm

I want to be born again and again and again and again and again and again

Pointed Guns in the House of God

Written By: Joshua Fleming

Mission bells:

(Preacher)

Dear Jessie from a man of God, the Devil holds the tongue

The blood you share with ken in care, has gone to be with the lord above

He resides in your father’s house, the damned under mission bells

Can you hear those mission bells, ill strike the mission bells

(Jessie)

For five hundred miles the sun and moon they cast their plots and plans

For I will not rest these eyes, cannot hush this fire, the fire deep inside me

I can hear those mission bells ring.

The Journey:

(Jessie)

The ember of twilight, over oceans and sky lines

Guide me to this unmarked grave.

(Billy)

I hear the trumpets of front lines

Just over horizons, I hear them calling me, I hear them calling me

(Jessie)

My vengeance and fury blind and exhaust me

But this heart doesn’t beat the same when you got that poison running through your veins.

The Cathedral:

The cathedral was silent

As the arch screamed and opened

His eyes met the barrel of my gun

No words were spoken

As death loomed above him

For demise had finally come

(Jessie){The oath}

Can you hear those mission bells?

Playing the songs of unforgiven

Speak now for

Your words will have no voice

I am the saint

The beloved and riotous

I am the truth

I am the truth

Your god will listen

To your cries of false redemption

But his answer lies in my hands

(At this point we Begin the instrumental gun fight)

The death of Billy Two-step:

(Billy)

I hear the trumpets of front lines just over horizons

I hear them calling me, I hear them calling me

Oh Black Water

Written By: Joshua Fleming

(Verse 1)

Oh black water I can hear you moan

The same old sad, sad songs you sang so long ago

Oh black water, let me taste the cold

Guide these tattered hands and broken bones

(chorus)

But I’ll find my way home

But I’ll find my way home

(Verse two)

Oh black water I can hear you cry

The names of all the stars in this velvet night

Oh black water will I ever find

The heart you took from me my only light

(chorus)

But I’ll find my way home

But I’ll find my way home

Sweet Mother Marry

Written By: Joshua Fleming

(Billy)

I can feel a storm yea its brewing deep down in my bones

I ain't seen it rain like this since my fathers before

Sweet mother marry won you guide me home

Sweet mother marry wont you guide me home

(Billy)

I can feel those hands creeping up my spine

Holding on to since behind these blood shot eyes

Lord wont you get me off this hell bound train

Lord I ain't a sinner, I’m just a god damned saint

(Conductor)

Your never gonna make it out alive

Your never gonna see that morning light

(Billy)

Your never gonna take me alive

(Conductor)

Your never gonna make it out alive

Discography

Wanted--EP
Release Date: 10/27/09

Set List

Typical Set List: Between 10 and 15 songs, all original material. An average performance is one set, set length is between 40 and 60 minutes.

Songs:
intro
Legend of Billy Two Step
Wanted
Preacher, Preacher
Pointed Guns in the House of God
Oh Black Water
These Hands
Body Electric
Dirty Little Devil
Poseidon
Smooth Rock and Rolla
This Train Aint Stoppin
Sweet Mother Mary