Wussy Trio / Undertow Midwest Tour Update by Lisa Walker

Photo - Amber Knect / KEXP

Photo - Amber Knect / KEXP

Wussy (TRIO) — Chuck, Lisa and John this time around — and Undertow Music Collective are teaming up for a series of Midwestern living room shows November 8-23. Undertow is currently in the process of gathering host submissions until September 19.

Hosts are already pending for some cities including St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus and a couple others. However, we’re still looking for hosts in Indianapolis, Columbia, Kansas City, Des Moines, Madison, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids. ALSO.. depending upon demand / host availability, the routing could likely be adjusted to include the following: Cleveland/NE Ohio, Louisville, Lexington, Dayton, or possibly other neighboring areas. So please fill out a form even if your city isn’t specifically listed on the initial itinerary. ❤️

The details and submission form can be found here.

Thanks!! 💕

Ken Tucker Reviews Chuck Cleaver's 'Send Aid' on NPR's Fresh Air by Lisa Walker

Chuck Cleaver / Photo - Anna Stockton

Chuck Cleaver / Photo - Anna Stockton

Ken Tucker reviewed Chuck Cleaver’s debut album Send Aid on the September 3 edition of NPR’s Fresh Air.

“Cleaver, one of the leaders of Wussy, sings about joy, pain, sorrow and regret on Send Aid. The resulting album stands with the best of anything Cleaver has ever done.” - Ken Tucker, Fresh Air

Read or listen to the rest here.

Lisa Walker Interview Included in New Hardcover Book About Coen Brothers by Wussy News

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We are pleased to announce that an interview with Wussy’s Lisa Walker is featured in Adam Nayman’s gorgeous new hardcover book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together. Other interviewees include frequent Coen collaborators such as Carter Burwell and Roger Deakins! 🎳

“.. film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through [the Coens’] complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, ‘some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness’. The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.”

In the interview, Walker discusses how The Big Lebowski, and Donny’s character in particular, inspired her to write Forever Sounds’ soaring anthem “Donny’s Death Scene”.

Read more about it from Abrams books.

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Wussy Feature in The Ringer: "Wussy’s American Gothic" by Lisa Walker

Pop culture mag The Ringer just published an in-depth feature on Wussy and their newest release. Written by Adam Nayman (author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together), the article delves into some of the stories behind the songs on What Heaven Is Like, declaring: “This is the best band you’ve never heard of.”

Read the rest here: “You Need to Hear Wussy Right Now: The Ohio band has been quietly crafting one of the great rock catalogs of the decade. But their latest album, ‘What Heaven Is Like,’ is too good to be kept secret.”

Forever Sounds Makes SPIN’s Top 50 by Lisa Walker

SPIN listed Wussy’s newest, Forever Sounds, among its “50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far“… calling the band “one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects”.

As one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects, Cincinnati-based five-piece Wussy have set high standards of consistency over their decade-and-change career, patiently amassing a hefty songbook courtesy of head writers/guitar wranglers Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver, even while slowly widening their national profile through extensive road shows. The distinct pleasures of Forever Sounds remain those of all five preceding Wussy albums — a crack songwriting duo detailing adult life’s ambiguities with vivid language amid a terrific rhythm section’s unapologetic alt-slop. They’ve retained their love of six-string grandeur even while continuing to plumb the depths of victories that aren’t so much hollow as qualified. Like throwing your own parade and hoping someone just might roll with you. Or quietly insisting against all available evidence that “these are the better days,” then immediately allowing, “…or not.” — JASON GUBBELS

See the rest of the top 50 here.

Read SPIN’s full review of Forever Sounds here.

Wussy Add US Dates to Forever Sounds Tour by Lisa Walker

Having returned from a successful UK tour leg (including a BBC6 radio session), Wussy resume their 2016 Forever Sounds tour with a string of US dates, including KEXP and Daytrotter sessions.

Wussy’s 2016 LP Forever Sounds (Shake It / Damnably) has been  featured in SPIN, Noisey, Stereogum, NPR, AV Club, Paste and more. Most recently, the band’s UK Record Store Day single “Ceremony” (Damnably) has been getting extensive BBC airplay since its April 22 release. Their tour season wraps up in September with two back-to-back hometown shows at Cincinnati’s historic Woodward Theater with special guests that will be announced in July.

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Forever Sounds 2016 Tour

June 8 / ST. LOUIS / Twangfest / Off Broadway w/James McMurtry
June 9 / TULSA / Soundpony w/American Werewolf Academy
June 10 / DALLAS / Three Links Deep Ellum w/American Werewolf Academy
June 11 / AUSTIN / Spiderhouse Ballroom w/American Werewolf Academy, Residual Kid
June 14 / LOS ANGELES / Silverlake Lounge w/Chris Brokaw
June 15 / SAN FRANCISCO / Elbo Room w/Chris Brokaw, Night School
June 17 / PORTLAND / Star Theater w/Chris Brokaw, Rubella Graves
June 18 / SEATTLE / El Corazon w/Chris Brokaw, The Purrs, QAZI
June 19 / WENATCHEE / Two Bar w/Chris Brokaw
June 20 / BOISE / Neurolux Lounge w/Chris Brokaw, Outer Spaces
June 22 / DENVER / Moon Room w/Too Many Humans
June 23 / KANSAS CITY / Davey’s Uptown w/Schwervon, Cave Girls
June 24 / CHICAGO / Empty Bottle w/Calliope
June 25 / LOUISVILLE / Headliner’s w/The Fervor, Frederick the Younger
July 7 / COLUMBUS / Double Happiness w/Kyle Sowashes, Drift Mouth
July 8 / CLEVELAND / Beachland Tavern w/Lawton Bros, Fever Child
July 9 / ALBANY / The Low Beat w/Paranoid Style, Sky Furrows
July 10 / NYC / Bowery Ballroom w/Paranoid Style
July 12 / PROVIDENCE / Columbus Theater w/ Tall Teenagers
July 13 / BOSTON / Middle East Upstairs w/A Band Called E
July 14 / DC / Black Cat w/Dot Dash
July 15 / BALTIMORE / Club 603 / SOLD OUT
July 16 / RICHMOND / Strange Matter
Sept 23 / CINCINNATI / Woodward Theater
Sept 24 / CINCINNATI / Woodward Theater

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  • “Swirling psych rock riffs that expand outward, seemingly without end” – AV Club

  • “Maximum singability and staying power” – Pitchfork

  • SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far

  • “Criminally underrated” – Paste

  • “Their most complete work yet” – Noisey

  • “A swaggering, bleary, distorted churn topped off by another virtuoso vocal duet” – Stereogum

  • “America’s best songwriting band might now be among its best soundscaping ones” – SPIN

Wussy's "Ceremony" Cover Featured in SPIN’s "7 Favorite Songs of the Week" by Lisa Walker

SPIN included Wussy’s cover of “Ceremony” among their “7 Favorite Songs of the Week”, saying:

There are plenty of ways for a cover song to be successful, but it can be especially meaningful when artists weave in their perspective without compromising the magic of the original — which Cincinnati’s Wussy do with aplomb with this take on New Order’s 1981 classic. Staying faithful to the new-wave pioneers’ looping guitar line, Wussy throw in layers of hazy, frayed distortion while singing Ian Curtis’ last lyrics together in unruly unison. — R.B.

Read the rest here: SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: DeJ Loaf, Julianna Barwick, and More

Stereogum Premiere: Wussy - “Ceremony” by Lisa Walker

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Stereogum premiered Wussy’s Record Store Day cover of “Ceremony” (Joy Division / New Order) on April 6, with a streaming link, as well as a list of 2016 tour dates. Stream it here: Wussy – “Ceremony” (New Order Cover) (Stereogum Premiere).

“They’ve covered New Order’s seminal new wave track ‘Ceremony’, making it their own without betraying the essence of the original.” - Chris DeVille, Stereogum

Robert Christgau Reviews Funeral Dress in the Village Voice by Lisa Walker

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Wussy’s debut record Funeral Dress landed on Robert Christgau’s Dean’s List for the 2006 Village Voice Pazz & Jop critic’s poll: https://www.villagevoice.com/2006/01/24/deans-list/

He also reviewed the record in the February 1, 2006 issue of Village Voice, giving it an “A” grade and saying:

“Small, but about perfect, with Walker handling the human detail and Cleaver tossing off metaphors—a sideshow horse, a shunt to drain the fear from his brain. It’s an ideal partnership—vocally and lyrically, Walker grounds the old guy and he lifts her. The band sound is more Velvets than Burritos, yet country still. It’s as if they’ve reduced all of white Ohio to an articulated drone, unlocked a silo or warehouse of hummable tunes, and worked out the harmonies.” - Robert Christgau