Wussy, ‘Ceremony’

Not only are Cincinnati band Wussy coming to York at the end of this month, they’ve also just released Ceremony: a RSD exclusive single featuring two new unheard tracks. Check them out below.

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.

wussy_square 1500 x 1500Following 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 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, and have supported several tours for fellow Ohioans Afghan Whigs and Heartless Bastards, as well as sharing the stage with bands such as Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Best Coast, Mudhoney, Okkervil River, The Mekons, COME, Wreckless Eric and Jeffrey Lewis.

Recent Press

“If Michael Stipe Co-wrote songs with Morrissey…then hired Niel Young, Crazy horse and the Cowboy Junkies to play them, and asked Kevin Shields to mix them, then the results would be… a bit like Forever Sounds” The Sunday Times

“Swirling, psych-rock riffs that expand outward seemingly without end” The A.V. Club.

“If you’re not familiar with the fuzzy dream pop psych of Cincinnati’s Wussy, you’re in for a treat.” Noisey

‘Forever Sounds’ Tour 2016:

April 27 Newcastle -Sage 2 W/ Shonen Knife

April 28 Manchester – The Castle

April 29 York -The Crescent

April 30 Cardiff – Full Moon/Moon Club

May 1 London – Walpurgis Nacht Festival at Brixton Windmill

May 2 London – ‘Forever Sounds’ performed live at Brixton Windmill

May 3 Leicester – The Musician

May 4 Derby – The Hairy Dog

May 3 Leicester – The Musician

May 4 Derby – The Hairy Dog

May 5 Brighton – The Hope & Ruin

May 7 Edinburgh -Electric Circus

May 8 Bristol – Fleece w/ Shonen Knife

For more info, check out Wussy’s website



Wussy are playing at the Crescent on Friday 29 April 2016