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The Fuglees
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Andy Kuhn, Tom Knapp and Erich Anderson, known collectively as The Fuglees, are a rare breed of band. A trio of amazingly talented group of smart-asses who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty entertaining the masses.

Armed with titanium tightness, a solid grip on the principles of power pop and instant classic songs like "Crazy Girls" and "David Lee Roth," The Fuglees have become Indianapolis music legends whose live appearances are, well, legendary.

Over the course of the band's decade plus career, they have released three killer albums and have a fourth one in the oven. Kuhn is a successful comic artist, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico a few years ago, making Fuglee shows a once or twice a year proposition. This Friday, July 12, at The Melody Inn, The Fuglees will be back playing such hits as "Badass!," "Mr. Wrong" and the long-time family favorite, "Get The Fuck Off The Stage." They will share the bill with The Cousin Brothers and another comeback act, Stereo Deluxe.

I recently caught up with Andy, who was in the midst of a deadline crisis, but still took the time to answer some questions.

NUVO: It's been awhile, does this mean there's some new material to look forward to?

Andy Kuhn: We have a bunch of new songs which we are itching to break out and play for people, but it really depends on how rehearsals go. I live in Albuquerque, and when I come into town we have a limited amount of time to practice. We really have to pick and choose what we're able to reasonably do in the time allotted. If rehearsals are going great, then we will definitely be rocking some new songs, but I won't really know for sure till I get there.

NUVO: How do you like living in New Mexico? Do you ever miss Indy? What do you miss about it?

Kuhn: New Mexico is a beautifully weird state, and I dig it the most. Unfortunately, they don't have White Castle in the Southwest, so legally, I have to come back for that.

Clearly, the biggest thing I miss in Indy is playing in The Fuglees. When you find people you connect with musically the way we do, you don't want to give that up. That's why I walk all the way from Albuquerque to Indianapolis to make the rock that the kids need so desperately these days.

Indiana is like an old Converse All-Star that fits me perfectly. When i get there I love seeing all my old friends and making a ruckus, even if it's only for a few days at a time. Rocking a club full of people's faces off never gets old.

NUVO: Do you draw inspiration from your art, and vice versa?

Kuhn: For those who don't know, my day job is drawing comic books for Marvel, DC, and various other companies. I'm currently finishing up a four issue run on Dr. Who for a company called IDW. I definitely find that, for me, creating art in any form feeds the art engine. The stuff that I do in my cartooning life definitely will inspire the work in my songwriting life, and vice versa. The Fuglees are like a live action cartoon anyway, so you can see it all comes from the same odd place.

NUVO: Does your absence make it tougher when you play?

Kuhn: I have played in seven different bands with drummer Tom Knapp, and at least five bands with guitarist Erich Andersen. Together we're like a set of musical triplets with our own secret language. It is a little harder because of distance, but whenever we're in the same room we just click. We know each other so well that we fall into a rhythm, and before you know it, we are rocking, and annoying each other, as if we'd never been apart.

NUVO: What cool projects are you working on?

Kuhn: By far, the coolest new project that I'm working on is The Fuglees' new CD. We are still searching for a title, but the recording is about 70 percent complete. We are hoping to have it finished and available by the end of the year.

In the world of comics, I am currently finishing a four issue run on Dr. Who for IDW. Just prior to that I drew Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mars Attacks, also for IDW, and an issue of Secret Avengers for Marvel comics. I have a cool new comics project coming up, but I'm not allowed to say what it is until the publisher announces it, sorry.

There's one other musical project I'd like to mention. Tom Knapp, and myself, along with guitarist Thom Woodard, used to be in a band called The Jack Webbs. We recorded an album which was never released. I recently found the master tapes of that project, and I plan to make it available as a download very soon. Andy Kuhn will be signing and sketching at the Indy Toy and Comic Expo on Sunday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Caribbbean Cove Hotel and Water Park on N. Michigan Road.

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