I would have a hard time explaining my affinity for G'nu Fuz (a band that I've yet to see live, by the way). Their songs aren't the type of rocking that my ears typically go for, and if G'nu Fuz didn't automatically earn a second look just by the sake of being a local band I probably would've shrugged them off as being too much like the kind of music my parents used to listen to while they were getting stoned. Still, their output has been uniformly excellent, with a genuine craft to their musicianship that even a knothead like me can appreciate, and Joe Roberto has a crystal-clear voice that matches up well with the material. And while I know that's not the kind of write-up that's going to motivate too many people into checking these songs out, fuckit, you're not exactly impressing me, either.
"Sleepytown"/"Rise Before the Fall" was G'nu Fuz' first-ever record, as much as I can tell, and it's probably a factor of pressing 7-minute songs onto 7" of plastic which quiets the sound a lot and brings up every pop and crackle in the vinyl, but these rips are fairly crunchy. Just sit a little bit further away from the speakers, I guess.
G'nu Fuz -
(these files are now listen-only)
"Rise Before the Fall"