- RELEASE DATE /15 March 2024
- CATALOG /CRT143
- LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
- FORMAT /Available on limited edition black and white smash 12 inch vinyl, black 12 inch vinyl and digitally
A FEW WORDS
Cheersquad Records & Tapes are super excited to announce the forthcoming release of ‘All Fuller No Filler’, the second album from the Melbourne-via-Perth power pop wonder boy Wesley Fuller. To be released Friday March 15, 2024, the album has already been proceeded by three stellar singles – the anthemic mission statement “Back to Square One“, “Alamein Line“, which was premiered internationally in August by esteemed UK magazine Shindig!, and most recently present the ’70s-styled dancefloor party starter “The House Of Love” – which have had power pop pundits the world over getting excited!
Wesley Fuller was first discovered by legendary English A&R man James Endeacott, who previously discovered The Strokes and The Libertines. Fuller signed to Endeacott’s Sony-UK affiliated 1965 Records label in 2015 and started making waves with his 2016 EP Melvista – which Clash Magazine (UK) called “gloriously imaginative psych pop”. He cemented this early promise on his debut album Inner City Dream – twelve tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam – around which he toured across the UK and Europe including an appearance at Spain’s iconic Purple Weekend festival, garnering attention from the likes of the NME and BBC6 along the way.
Fuller first made a name for himself early in the second decade of the millennium, up front of Perth power pop outfit Hurricane Fighter Plane (who took their name from a wigged-out song by late ’60s Texan combo the Red Krayola). Hurricane Fighter Plane made a handful of singles, including the brilliant Byrds-indebted “I Can’t Win”. Discovered online by legendary English A&R man James Endeacott (The Strokes, The Libertines) who signed Wesley to his label Sony UK -affiliated label 1965 Records, Fuller moved to Melbourne where he met and worked with like- minded folk like You Am I’s Davey Lane. Soon he was making waves internationally with his 2016 EP Melvista and his 2017 debut album Inner City Dream, around which he spent an extended period of time touring Australia and in the UK and Europe. Of course, at the start of the new decade, the world changed and Fuller’s ability to keep the momentum going was lost.
“It was the late summer of 2019 and I’d just returned home to Melbourne after a European Tour (and several months overseas following that). I’d just ended a long-term relationship, and I’d never felt so disconnected from my friends in the Melbourne music scene – having not played locally in almost a year.
“With no gigs booked, a second album still yet to be written and recorded and so many old connections to try and rekindle, I knew that I was essentially starting from scratch.I’d lost all the momentum I’d built up in 2018, so I was back to square one. It was time to get cracking on album #2!”
The result of that disconnect and of hours of isolated work throughout lockdown and beyond, Fuller’s second album is ready to go. “Back to Square One”, which was the first taste of that new album, is a dazzlingly brilliant retro-futuristic pop stomp, and a self-depreciating acknowledgment of the artist’s current whereabouts. That self-depreciation is also punningly present in the title of the forthcoming album. Having recently played his first few shows for a few years, Wesley will soon start playing out in earnest, in preparation for the new album’s release. He’s got some big musical promises to deliver on; after all, no one goes back to square one with plans to stay there.