But no, this wasn't some random Miami dude who really loved Real Estate, this was the bassist for Fluffy Lumbers, the newest band, in a series of seemingly a million, to break out of the Ridgewook/Glen Rock area of New Jersey.
I had heard Fluffy Lumbers on Myspace and had heard good things about him from friends, but after seeing Fluffy Lumbers perform live in Miami, PopJew is officially a fan. Fluffy Lumbers, new "best band". The band sounded awesome: refreshing and poppy, and they are a good looking group of boyz, which I think is important.
Fluffy Lumbers is the personal recording project of Samuel Franklin, a 20 year old college student from Ridgewood, New Jersey. I had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time chatting with him over the course of the weekend in Miami. He's a great guy, knows his shit when it comes to music, and he is very much like his music: Extremely nice, charming, sincere, while not taking himself too seriously.
That's the thing about Fluffy Lumbers: If you introduced Sam, or anyone else in his band, to your mother, she would definitely say "What a nice boy." And he is, he's a nice boy which is something exciting and refreshing to find around "The Scene". In the drug addled, beer soaked, profanity laden cesspool that was the crowd at So Raw, Sam and his buddies were a breath of fresh air, just sitting around and watching The Simpsons.
This nice sincerity comes across in his music in the best way: Lo fi pop at it's most catchy, and least pretentious. Put on the songs, sit and smile, be in a better place.
Sam, chilling at the after party
When talking to Sam, he admitted that he was nervous about being compared to Wavves, and sadly, I think this is inevitable. You take a young, cute guy with a lo fi personal recording project and everyone is gonna throw some Wavves around... but hey, everyone, I'm serious DON'T COMPARE FLUFFY LUMBERS TO WAVVES. These songs have so much more pop, so much more potential, so much less bull shit. Be original, don't go there.
Fluffy Lumbers has a 7" coming out on Weird Hug Records any day now. Buy it and jam it. Jam it hard.
Also, in maybe the most important news of the summer: Fluffy Lumbers is playing my birthday party at Silent Barn on August 14th with The Beets and Pop. 1280 and one more band.
If you like bands that play great songs and look great doing it, you'll love Fluffy Lumbers.