Spare Notes: Douglas and the Furs, 'Douglas and the Furs EP'

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[Editor's Note: This new Weekly music feature highlights outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]

We'd like to kick off our new weekly local release feature by chatting briefly with Douglas McCurdy, guitarist for Douglas and the Furs. This month, the band released their new self-titled EP via their Bandcamp site —  It's a collection of seven songs, featuring the trio's rough and ready way around energetic psych rock very much derived not only from the likes of Blue Cheer and Jimi Hendrix but also the garage-rock era that just preceded it — something perfectly evident in singer/drummer Jonathan Shively's sneering (and loving it) way around his vocals. But we'll turn everything over to McCurdy, first talking about one song in particular that stands out on the release, “Say You Love Me.”

On “Say You Love Me”:

“That song was one of the first riffs that I had for this project, and it's just been on the backburner for a long time. I've been trying to do something with it for a year and a half! When it finally came to it, we had the inspiration to have those two chords and just go for it. It was all just based off of one riff and we all just wrote it together, all of us working together, molding together — it was really cool! That song, I wrote a little bit of the chorus, a little bit of one verse. Jon writes most of our lyrics, his words and his voice that he wants to get out!”

On Playing Live:

“When it comes to live performances, for the most part we don't take it different directions from where we recorded it, unless we're really feeling it. Mostly we just stick to what we have and just build off that energy, keep it tight, keep it to what people might want to hear! For every show we play, as long as we make one more fan, we count it as a success. We'll play small shows, we'll play bigger shows, as long as some person likes it and digs it! We don't think about how if there are more people there if it'll affect our performance, if there's a thousand people or just five, we love playing rock and roll and hope people enjoy it as well.”

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