Fugue State is a solo project of Western Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist & producer Shane Bruno (Bridge of Flowers, et al), who wrote and recorded the songs that comprise “Subtlety’s Dead” in relative isolation between 2020 and 2022 in his home studio.
Fugue State takes everything we love about bands like Pere Ubu, The Cramps, Butthole Surfers, and early Sympathy For The Record Industry releases, and creates a fresh sound rooted in the fundamentals of Rock. Crunchy, in your face, and relentlessly catchy,
“Subtlety’s Dead” is not afraid to get weird. Tracks like “Mundane Man” and “Ship On The Ocean” are sure to stick to your ribs with their ecstatic Sax freak outs (performed by Wednesday Knudsen of Pigeons and Weeping Bong Band). While “Abscess” and “The Pipeline” take on moodier, more freeform grooves.
Proceeds from sales of this album are being donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds to help their mission to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access
“Beautifully crafted and demented driving garage rock tunes with more hooks than a meat locker, and some killer saxophone playing on two of the tracks. FUGUE STATE combines elements of tons of classics without sounding like aping them at all.” – Maximum RNR
“Fugue State presents an upbeat, grungy depiction of old-school punk rock. With reverberated vocals (reminiscent of early Les Claypool), fuzzy guitar tones and audial hisses all over the place, ‘Subtlety’s Dead’ is a proper call back to a time when music was routinely presented in raw form to represent the most jubilant crowds of fractious souls. Even at just sixteen minutes in length, there is enough output here to satisfy the tortured umbra that resides in all of us. This makes for a great driving album, especially when blasting it at loud volumes.” – The Dungeon In Deep Space
“[Facts] The fundamental structure of the composition is straightforward, complemented by an assertive guitar track that refuses to compromise. The entirety of the track can be interpreted as a middle finger directed toward the entire music industry.” – INDIEFFERENTIAL
“It’s time to get crunched. Fugue State angles toward the ground floor with stochastic rhythms and jagged guitar textures.” – Foxy Digitalis
“Free association meets garage punk sleaze. A rumination on the noisy, the unclear, and the uncertain.” – Thoughts Words Actions
“Fugue State have created a fresh sound that is crunchy, in-your-face and relentlessly catchy,” – ThePunkSite
“Captures the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll but pushes the limits on melody” – Scene Point Blank