The FullBug are a four-piece hard rock band from Tel Aviv, Israel.
After spending years playing in various groups within the Israeli punk rock scene, the band formed in 2015 under the name “Project Revival”. In 2017, Project Revival released it’s debut album, “Heavy Gravy”. That year they won the prestigious “Best Rock Act” award from Radio WigWam in the UK.
In 2018, after changing the band’s lineup and its name to “the Full Bug” (slang for “give it everything you got!”), the band set out to record their first E.P, titled “Black Hole Syndrome”.
Produced independently, the “Black Hole Syndrome” EP has a big and epic rock sound and is full of heavy riffs and melodic choruses. As part of Noise Pollution’s “Introducing” series, Shayne recently asked some questions of The Fullbug.
What does the band name mean to you?
The original phrase is taken from a Van Halen Song. Our drummer is a huge fan and when we looked for the meaning of this phrase, which means basically “give it all you got”, we felt it would describe us best.
Where is the band based?
We’re based in Tel-aviv, Israel.
How long have you been together?
The band was formed in 2017, but we’ve been playing together for the past 7 years.
What style of music do you play?
It’s mostly Dirty, Loud Rock. We’re all about the Big rock drums with loud and heavy guitar riffs. sometimes it’s heavy sometimes it’s more bluesy, sometimes it’s both, we try to keep it interesting.
Give us the story of the bands formation.
I met Jessie (Drums) when he was the drummer for a band called “Got No Shame” in 2007, I was in my own band, our bands had a few shows together back then.
A few years down the line, in 2010, I joined his band and we went on our first US tour. Eventually that band broke up but we decided to keep going no matter what. In 2012 we formed “Project revival” with Nadav (guitars), recorded a full album, but that band eventually had to break up as well. We kept going no matter what. Jessi, Nadav and I were left to our own devices. It actually made it a bit easier to have fewer people involved and we were not interested in doing live shows at the time, so there was no need to look for new band members. We came up with a few songs and figured I should be the one to sing them.
Tell us about your influences
Growing up, our influences were ranging from classic rock’n’roll to punk rock to metal like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin to NOFX, Bad Religion to Metallica, Machine Head, Black Label Society, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster… Today our musical vision is pretty much a mash (and a mess) of all of these bands.
Tell us about your latest release.
So, in 2017, after our last band broke up, we were eager to just go into the studio and record an EP. We worked on some songs for a few months, finally picked 4 and went in. We decided to name it “black hole syndrome” because to us, it was representing the loss and frustrating times we went through.
Where is your music available?
You can find the FullBug on most digital platforms including Apple music, spotify, deezer and more. You can also stream “Black hole syndrome” on our website www.thefullbug.com
If you could share the stage with any other band or artist, who would you choose?
Stone Temple Pilots, Biffy clyro, Crobot… the list goes on.
Explain why you think a new listener should give your music a go.
If you’re into big rock drums and loud guitar riff, you should definitely give it a listen.
Where can fans find you online?