Hawel/McPhail's debut album "Transmissions from the Upper Room" is out now: Listen Here


This is all happening for the love of fuzz! A band made by fuzz pedals!


When their bands Venus Vegas and Tigerbeat went on tour together in 2001, the two singers, songwriters and guitarists Rick McPhail and Frehn Hawel probably never dreamed that they would eventually start a two-man band together.


But first things first: After the end of Venus Vegas, McPhail joined Tocotronic in 2004 and has enriched the bands sound since "Pure Vernunft Darf Niemals Siegen" with fuzzy guitar lines and soundscapes, started Glacier (of Maine) in 2006 and then his trio Mint Mind, with whom he released the album "Thoughtsicles" in 2020. Hawel's explosive garage rock band Tigerbeat imploded after two albums ("No.1" "13 Songs")in 2006, with The Last Things he released "Shake ́em Blues" in 2015.


Throughout the years, the two self-taught musicians met regularly at McPhail's The Upper Room, a hybrid of musical refuge, guitar-nerd's dream, rehearsal room and recording studio to check out fuzz pedals, amps and guitars together and talk about love, raising children, politics, their current bands and much more - but, strangely enough, never about making music together. They both thought about it, but neither dared to ask - so divine providence was needed: