There is no bigger name than Ian MacKaye in the hardcore punk world. Not even Henry Rollins has done as much to shape the moral and musical ideology often associated with the scene. Although the reason the band started was from trying to cover a song from the band Karate, Fugue are often compared to Fugazi--not just because of their obvious name similarities. Singer Garrett La Bonte's often writes their songs with a basic punk structure before adding elements of shoe-gaze and atmospheric post-rock, making their sound a new interpretation of post-hardcore. During the band's off time La Bonte works to protect and nourish the growing Orange County DIY scene.
While routinely opening up for Dad Punchers, a side-project from Elliott Babin of Touche Amore, La Bonte has had time to start a label, publish his own zine, and work on a collective where he helps bands book shows at DIY spaces that are not traditional venues. The band Dad Punchers and Fugue are so intertwined, Bassist for Dad Punchers Mike Smith's label, Mountain Man Records is co-releasing the new two song 7-inch. In one of the first show's Dad Punchers performed, the collective booked a vintage store where Fugue also performed. Not only do the bands work together on music, but La Bonte's zine's first issue has an interview with Babin where they discuss La Bonte's religion.