Pygmy Lush

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Pygmy Lush
PygmyLush 08-12-2007.jpg
Background information
Origin Sterling, Virginia
Genres Folk, experimental, hardcore punk
Years active 2004 - Present
Labels Robotic Empire
Lovitt Records
Adagio 830
Associated acts City of Caterpillar
pg. 99
Members Mike Taylor
Chris Taylor
Johnny Ward
Mike Widman
Eric Kane

Pygmy Lush (sometimes spelled as one word) is a band from Sterling, Virginia formed by ex-Pg. 99 members Mike and Chris Taylor and Johnny Ward. Other members include Mike Widman and Eric Kane, and previous associated acts include Malady, Mannequin, and Hissing Choir, amongst many others.

In 2007, they released an album of previously and newly recorded material on Robotic Empire entitled Bitter River. The songs alternate between two general styles, noise punk and acoustic folk,[1][2] described by one reviewer as "ramshackle trashy punk rave-ups between beer-soaked bouts of twisted folk."[3]

In June 2008, they released their second album, Mount Hope, which was recorded by Kurt Ballou (converge, who has contributed to most of their releases) of Godcity Studio and released on Lovitt Records. This album consisted entirely of quieter, folk style songs.[4] Various reviewers described the album as a "metamorphosis"[5] and that the band "has grown up and into a new sound... leav[ing] hardcore behind"[6] to describe the stylistic evolution of the band.

Their 2009 split LP with Turboslut is available on LP from Exotic Fever Records of Washington, DC. In 2011, they released a new full length, Old Friends and a two song 7" entitled Cold World / Guilt.


Studio albums[edit]



  • Split with Turboslut (2009, Exotic Fever)
  • 4 unreleased songs/versions posted online by robotic obscurity, where robotic empire posts unreleased material.
  • "my,my,my" early demo songs posted on their blog.[7]

Compilation contributions[edit]

sampler 2014, Robotic Empire


  1. ^ "Pygmylush Interview" Deaf Sparrow Zine. Retrieved March 26, 2009
  2. ^ Burton, Brent. "New Records From Pygmy Lush and Clutch" Nov. 1, 2007 Washington City Paper. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Pygmy Lush - Bitter River" Feb. 2008. Decibel Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2009
  4. ^ "Pygmy Lush - Mount Hope" Sep. 20th, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2009
  5. ^ "Pygmy Lush - Mount Hope" Oct. 1, 2008. scenepointblank Retrieved March 26, 2009
  6. ^ Schild, Matt. "Mount Hope" Retrieved March 26, 2009
  7. ^ "Blog page" Pygmy Lush blog