LIVE: Wussy @ the Low Beat, 7/24/14

July 29th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Wussy (photo by Ross Marvin)

Wussy (photo by Ross Marvin)

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Ross Marvin, Al Goldberg and Kirsten Ferguson

As great as it was, the music was almost beside the point at the Wussy show on Thursday night at the Low Beat. Four members of the critically-beloved Cincinnati band were given tickets for marijuana possession before they could even get out of Ohio, and Johnny Law absconded with their entire stash. Not a great way to start a tour, though it sounds like it could make a pretty good Wussy song. Something about how driving a shitty tour van draws the attention of the cops, but Willie Nelson’s deluxe ride cruses right past the sirens, even though that bust would be a sure thing.

It was 11:30pm by the time Wussy got to Albany, and the crowd at the Low Beat ran out to their van to grab amps, guitar pedals and merch boxes to help expedite the set-up. One fan even lent her handwriting talents to the band, helping to copy the setlist. By 11:49pm, the band hit the stage, forgot about such petty things as a sound-check, took a shot of tequila in honor of National Tequila Day, and dug-in to one of the most incendiary performances that will grace Captial Region stages this year.

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CD Review: Wussy’s “Attica!” Holds Beauty Amid the Tension

May 6th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Wussy: Attica!

Review by Ross Marvin

At the end of March, mere weeks before Paul McCartney sold out the entire Times Union Center in 10 minutes, Cincinnati rockers Wussy played for about 40 people at the Low Beat. Bassist Mark Messerly actually took a picture of the crowd from the NO PEPPER stage as though the modest turnout was a triumph by band standards. With today’s (Tuesday, May 6) release of their fifth album Attica! (Shake It Records), I can’t help but wonder how much longer the group will remain a well-kept secret among music critics, underground rock snobs and record collectors.

But, I do understand why critics like Robert Christgau fawn over these guys. They have a cool backstory: Veteran indie rock guy Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker start a band. The band is critically acclaimed, and Walker and Cleaver become a couple. Walker and Cleaver breakup, but keep the band keeps going. It’s an unlikely trajectory, but with music this good, you can understand the desire to stick around. Attica! is filled with one earworm after another, clever lyrics that border on the aphoristic, and the best kinds of rock and roll tensions — the ones that come from a relationship within the band.

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