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Francis Henson teases new band Big Fuzz

Francis Henson and Anthony Cenerini have shared session video of a song called “Pullin’ Me Down” from their new rock duo Big Fuzz.

Francis Henson’s upcoming music with Anthony Cenerini, under the name Big Fuzz, won’t sound anything like his previous work.

On September 5th, 2021, Henson and Cenerini shared some session video of a song called “Pullin’ Me Down” from their new rock duo.

Find it on their Instagram @bigfuzzmusic.

Henson appeared on Rhythm Changes earlier this year with his third solo album, Boy Pacific, and also joined the podcast as a guest.

But Big Fuzz goes harder than Henson’s singer-songwriter music. To me, it sounds like road trip music with the angst of smoky wildfire air.

About two weeks ago on his own Instagram, Henson described Big Fuzz as a “software update”. That tells me he’s exploring a genre he enjoys but hasn’t cut in-studio yet.

The studio is 12TH ST Sound in New Westminster, run by Cenerini, who also plays drums with Henson in the duo. Cenerini previously engineered Boy Pacific with Henson in summer 2020.

Staying in your home studio, as Henson did for his album With a Little Bit of Grace, is one way to cut costs and stay in control. But having a band member who operates a studio is just as good!

Henson sounds excited:

The Francis Henson software update is complete. I’m not my old records, I’m just me and after some time away, can tell you that I’m on this whole new thing and I’m enough and thriving and I’m worth it. THE TIME IS NOW

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As a two-piece rock band with no bass, comparisons to The Black Keys are inevitable.

Their visual style in the “Pullin’ Me Down” clip reminds me of an established subgenre within Vancouver indie rock. It’s a psychedelic flavour that doesn’t take itself seriously.

You’ll find them at the website, although it’s not active yet.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.