Wussy

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Wussy
Wussy at MPMF09.JPG
Cleaver, Walker, Klug, Messerly (left to right)
Background information
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Genres Indie rock
Folk rock
Alternative rock
Country rock
Years active (2001–present)Since 2001
Labels Shake It Records
Associated acts Messerly and Ewing
Ass Ponys
Website wussy.org
Members Chuck Cleaver, guitars & vocals
Lisa Walker, guitars & vocals
Mark Messerly, bass
Joe Klug, drums
John Erhardt, pedal steel
Past members Dawn Burman

Wussy is an indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]

History[edit]

Wussy formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2001. Chuck Cleaver started the band after his prior group Ass Ponys,[2] when he met Lisa Walker, the band's other lead singer-songwriter, in 2001. He asked Walker to perform with him in an awards show in Cincinnati that year because his stage fright discouraged him from doing so alone.[3]

Cleaver and Walker write most of the songs and either alternate lead vocals or sing them in harmony.[1]

The group has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone,[4] Robert Christgau,[5] Chicago,[6] and SPIN.[7]

In 2012 Robert Christgau wrote that "Wussy have been the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005."[8]

Two albums later, Charles Taylor said the impact of Wussy's poetic lyrics and evocative sounds "brings you immediately back to the way we received rock and roll as solitary adolescents, as if the songs were radio transmissions from a resistance we hadn't dared to hope existed."[9]

Members[edit]

  • Chuck Cleaver – Vocals, Guitar
  • Lisa Walker – Vocals, Guitar
  • Mark Messerly – Bass, Keys
  • John Erhardt – Pedal Steel, Guitar
  • Joe Klug – Drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 2008-07: Rigor Mortis EP (Shake It)
  • 2013-04: Duo mini-LP (Shake It)

Singles, splits[edit]

  • 2009: "Fly Fly Fly" / "No Apology" – Wussy / The Fervor (Karate Body)
  • 2012: Dangerous Highway Volume 3: "Got Down Last Saturday Night" / "Breakfast in Bed" - Heartless Bastards / Wussy (Shake It)

Compilations[edit]

  • 2012-07: Buckeye (Damnably)
  • 2013-01: Berneice Huff and son, Bill sings… Popular Favorites (self-released)

Notable performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (22 June 2009). "Wussy: Strong Work, And Not Without Pain". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Chuck Cleaver-Lisa Walker on Outsight Radio Hours (2001, 2006, 2009, 2012). "Outsight Radio Hours" (Audio interviews). Archive.org. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Lannamann, Ned (14 June 2012). "If You Ever Gave a Damn: For Wussy, the West Coast's Waiting". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Hoard, Christian (20 May 2009). "New Music Report: Wussy, Plus Of Montreal Performance" (Video interview). Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Wussy". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Moser, Whet (22 August 2012). "Wussy, ‘the Best Band in America,’ Plays the Bucktown Arts Festival". Chicago. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Young, Jon (29 April 2009). "Wussy, 'Wussy' (Shake It)". SPIN. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (16 March 2012). "The Many Reasons to Love Wussy". Barnes and Noble Review. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Taylor, Charles (20 May 2012). "Support Your Local Wussy: The sad transcendence of Wussy's 'blue-collar bohemianism'". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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