I’m a little bummed and mildly distressed over some of the hate I’m seeing over on the Fuel FB page in regards to the release of their new song. Honestly, am I the only pragmatic Fuel fan around? The only remaining member of the old Fuel is Brett. The rest of the band is new blood — did you REALLY expect it to sound like the golden age of Fuel (Bell, Scallions, Abercrombie, and Miller)? Give me an effing break.
Loving a band (or in my case, a voice) is not about going backward. It’s going forward. It’s listening to them reach for new horizons and experiment with new sounds and different lyrics. I, for one, missed Brett’s voice KEENLY and I absolutely love hearing him again, singing new material… kicking ass and taking names. I could hear him sing the ingredient list on a box of Pop Tarts and be thrilled. He’s just got one of those voices that hits me in the sweet spot in a way that I can’t quite put into words. It’s been that way since I discovered Fuel in 1997. It hasn’t changed one little bit for me, regardless of the newer band sound. I’m not going to justify or defend how I feel about this. I don’t need to.
Yes, I’m eagerly awaiting “Puppet Strings”. It’s been too damn long. And to the haters, I wish you’d just put a cork in it and not judge anything based on one song and your pre-conceived notions of what makes a band “rock” based on past songs.
Sigh. For pity’s sake, people. Chill.