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On a steamy September night, Fuel front man Brett Scallions stalks
the stage of New York's Roseland Ballroom. He clearly enjoys the sight
of a packed house, occasionally propping himself precariously on a
monitor and playfully taunting the crowd not surprising for a guy
who admits that he loves the freedom of throwing off his guitar and
"getting in everyone's face. It's clear that New York fans don't
mind one bit.
Fuel lashes into the last caustic song of the set,
"Ozone," Scallions closes his eyes and sings with savage
ecstasy as thrashing moshers are lifted on raised arms just a few feet
away from him. Drummer Kevin Miller is stripped to the waist and
sweat-soaked, slamming the skins with carnal rage. Guitarist/songwriter
Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie, weave around Scallions, creating
the glorious wall of electric fury that makes Fuel one of the
most explosive hard rock acts to emerge in recent memory.
on a wave of success generated from their runaway hit single, the
gorgeous and gritty "Shimmer," the guys who made Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania a hot music scene have a lot to celebrate these days.
Fuel's debut album "Sunburn" was certified
gold and hit the No. 1 slot on Billboard's "Heatseekers"
chart. The follow-up single to "Shimmer," the more aggressive
"Bittersweet," is riding the active rock and modern charts.
The band recorded a new song entitled "Walk The Sky" for the
platinum Godzilla soundtrack with
Pearl Jam producer Brendan
The guys had their first taste of television,
performing on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." They have
played large festivals throughout the country with everyone from the
Foo Fighters to
Green Day. In October '98, Fuel's "Shimmer" video
was nominated for two Billboard Music Video Awards, for Best New Artist
Clip in both the Alternative/Modern Rock and Hard Rock/Metal categories.
Most notably, the guys have been overwhelmed by
enthusiastic press response. "Breezy melodies with full-out
metallic aggression," wrote Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly
praised the band's "brutish guitar stylings and familiar, yet
contagious choruses." New York Times music critic Jon Pareles
caught a live gig and admired how the band played with "passion and
precision," noting Fuel's "sharper riffs making way for clear
"On many occasions Carl and I will walk out into
these arenas mid-afternoon before soundcheck," says Miller.
"The seats are empty and we just sit there, put our foreheads
together and say 'is this really happening to us?' It's like an out-of-body
"Writing is like therapy for me," says Bell.
"It helps you decode what's going on in your life." Currently
working on new songs while the band tours, Bell admits to spending hours
sometimes searching for the right word, the most compelling lyric that
matches the melody in his head. "There has to be something that
hooks me," he points out. "You have to find it quickly and
then slowly flesh out the details."
Carl Bell and Jeff Abercrombie grew up as boyhood
friends in a small Western Tennessee town ("Carl's mother used to
baby-sit me when I was in diapers," recalls Abercrombie with a
smile). Growing up without television in a "two stop light"
town, Bell's primary entertainment as a teenager was listening to the
500 vinyl albums his older brother won from a Memphis radio station.
"Instead of coming home and watching 'Gilligan's Island,'"
says Bell, "I'd throw on a Stones record."
Although both boys started out playing guitar,
Abercrombie jokes that Bell slyly convinced him to play the bass
"'cause it was cooler." In a town so small that there were
only 27 people in Bell's graduating class, the guys found themselves
struggling to find fellow musicians. Abercrombie was actually the first
to meet Brett Scallions, who grew up in the town of Brownsville,
Tennessee and was trying to get by playing small gigs with various
As a young singer Scallions worshipped the vocals of
The Cult's Ian Astbury, but Scallions' own powerful voice resonates with
an unique, expressive energy. Fuel finally crystallized when
Scallions joined the band on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The group
recorded an eight-song demo cassette which sold nearly 5,000 copies at
shows and stores. That first flush of success convinced them that a move
to a larger city with greater radio, gig and media options was
essential. Although Harrisburg, Pennsylvania may not rank with Seattle
or Austin as user-friendly music towns, Fuel made the most of a
great location that placed them in a central point near Philadelphia,
New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
"We began to build a loyal following," says
Scallions. "The fan base supported us from day one and it just grew
and grew." In fact, upon the release of the band's self-produced,
promoted and financed EP Porcelain, local radio stations immediately
jumped on an early version of "Shimmer," garnering the band
early airplay, sold-out gigs, positive press and the attention of record
companies. Shortly after a gig at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Fuel
was signed to 550 Music.
At the same time, drummer Kevin Miller befriended
Bell, Scallions, and Abercrombie while playing with another East Coast
band. After recording "Sunburn" with an outside session drummer,
approached Miller to join them beginning with a high-profile
showcase at New York's C.B.G.B.'s, with a mere six hours of rehearsal
"It was my first show and they threw me right in
the melting pot," laughs Miller. "I figured that I had honed
my skills for years and years for a moment like this, so it was either
put up or shut up!"
As gifted musicians and dynamic performers with a gold
certified debut album and hits on radio and MTV, Fuel has had a
truly meteoric rise through the ranks of up-and-coming rock bands. Now
they're hungry to hit the road for their own headline gigs, like their
appearance at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival. All four musicians are
quick to confess that they thrive on the adrenaline rush of Fuel's
raucous live shows.
"I like to establish to everyone early in the set
that you're coming on our ride," says Scallions, "and it's
going to be a lot wilder than you expected."
Hit songs include --
- Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
- Falls On Me
- Bad Day
- Won't Back Down
- Jesus or A Gun
- Million Miles
- Wasted Time
Other notable songs include --
- Walk the Sky
- New Thing
- Mary Pretends
Fuel may be available for your next special event
Genre: Rock 2
Genre: Rock 3
.Electronica. / xElectronica
.Post-Grunge. / PostGrunge
.Heavy Metal. / HeavyMetal
.Alternative Metal. / AlternativeMetal
.Alternative Pop/Rock. / AlternativePopRock
.Alternative/Indie Rock. / AlternativeIndieRock
.Hard Rock. / HardRock
x90s, x00s, x10s
Formed: ..in Pennsylvania / formed nPennsylvania
Harrisburg / formed HarrisburgPA
Formed: in 1989
Based: ..in Florida / based nFlorida
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