Cat No: DAMNABLY045
Release: 16th April 2016
Ceremony is a RSD exclusive single featuring two new unheard tracks from Cincinnati’s Wussy, released by Damnably records on Gold Vinyl available in all UK/European Records and just Shake It Records of Cincinnati for North America.
Following hot on the heels of the bands 6th album “Forever Sounds” (released March 4th), this single features a noise drenched cover of the Joy Division/New Order classic “Ceremony” and “Days and Hours”- a lush slow-burner filled with gargling guitars, almost orchestral swathes of noise. Lisa and Chuck duet over the desolation which at times approaches Joy Division’s more somber moments.
Following the band’s first US TV appearance (CBS) in 2014 and increased critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Spin, they headed to the studio to record Forever Sounds with renewed vigour and a new engineering team. John Hoffman and Jerri Queen (both of Vacation), along with John Curley (Afghan Whigs), at Curley’s Ultrasuede Studios enabled the band to take more chances and create the sound they had always been reaching for. Although the new album is a natural progression from 2012’s Strawberry and 2014’s Attica!, the cleaner production of previous records has been set aside for a move towards shoegaze and drone rock sounds. While their pop sensibilities remain intact, the mix and instrumentation are more reminiscent of the band’s noise-heavy live shows. There are quiet moments, as with all Wussy records; but the overarching sonic theme is a wash of heavy psychedelia.
Wussy formed on a dare in 2001 when retired stonemason Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker began playing together as a result of Cleaver’s stage fright. The duo’s first performance was largely unplanned but went without incident, so Mark Messerly was recruited on bass and later Joe Klug on drums and keys. The band’s newest member, John Erhardt, has helped Wussy truly come into its own, adding a David Gilmour-esque layer of heavy shoegaze pedal steel. Cleaver and Walker share singing and songwriting duties, trading lead vocals, harmonising in patterns on top of one another. Both are known for sharing tales of the supernatural combined with day-in-the-life portraits, both disquieting and tranquil.
Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band has been heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo. Wussy have recorded sessions for BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley/Gideon Coe and KEXP. They have showcased at SXSW and CMJ.
'Forever Sounds' Tour Dates
Mar 31 Milkboy Philadelphia, PA
Apr 02 Midway Café Boston, MA Sold Out
Apr 09 Wussy Duo @ To Jilly Cincinnati, OH
Apr 23 City Fusion Songwriting Workshop Highland Heights, KY
Apr 27 Sage 2 Newcastle, UK
Apr 28 The Castle Manchester, UK
Apr 29 The Crescent York, UK
Apr 30 The Full Moon Cardiff, UK
May 01 Walpurgis Nacht Festival at Windmill Brixton London, UK
May 02 Wussy Plays 'Forever Sounds' at The Windmill Brixton, UK
May 03 The Musician Leicester, UK
May 04 The Hairy Dog Derby, UK
May 05 The Hope and Ruin Brighton, UK
May 07 Electric Circus Edinburgh, UK
May 08 The Fleece Bristol, UK
Jun 08 Off Broadway St Louis, MO
Jun 09 Soundpony Lounge Tulsa, OK
Jun 10 Three Links Dallas, TX
Jun 11 Spiderhouse Ballroom Austin, TX
Jun 14 Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, CA
Jun 15 Elbo Room San Francisco, CA
Jun 17 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
Jun 18 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Jun 20 Neurolux Lounge w/ Chris Brokaw Boise, ID
Jun 22 Moon Room Denver, CO
Jun 23 Davey's Uptown Kansas City, MO
Jun 24 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Jun 25 Headliners Louisville, KY