Local Band Spotlight: The Hussy

The Hussy

Hey, Madison!  Meet The Hussy!  In case you forgot how fun rock and roll can be, Bobby Wegner (guitars, vocals) Heather Sawyer (drums, vocals) are here to remind you.  This local duo’s mix of dirty garage rock and snotty punk is like being pummeled in the face–and you’ll love every minute of it.

“2-piece, drums n guts. Drunk-thunk stupid rock n’ roll.
They’re not smarter than you, and they won’t pretend they are.
Influences include: guns, Black Time, Jay Reatard, The Stooges, Cheap Time, Electric Eels, The Puppy Bowl, The Mystery Girls, Matt Joyce, ant collecting, Culver’s tuna melt basket, theremins, Mtn. Dew, The Pons, Mediterranean Cafe, Smith Westerns, basement shows and the like….
The Hussy’s split 7-inch with Sleeping in the Aviary on Science of Sound sports scenic sounds and child-like minimalist tunes. Soundscan reported sales in the thousands.
You need to own a piece of American history. Here’s your chance…”

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Here’s just a sample of the overwhelming praise that’s flooding in for these rising local stars…

From Fan-Belt, Milwaukee – March 5, 2009:

“Madison’s The Hussy have been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for their take on the guitar/drummer combo, but they amp up the snotty vocals to give their music a more Be Your Own Pet angle than White Stripes.”

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From Skankin D at Punk Or Nothing! – UK Press!:

“The Hussy produce good time rock ‘n’ roll, as if the sixties never happened, and it’s enjoyable stuff throughout. Male and female vocalists alternate, and sometimes combine, to great effect. The guitars, meanwhile, sound jagged, fun and like the real thing, so far removed from much of today’s clean cut guitar sound. It really is like you have stepped into a time machine…these are nine very fun rock ‘n’ roll songs, and you cannot really complain, as they never alluded to being anything more. What’s more, it’s a demo. In other words, it’s bloody early days, and the Hussy have plenty of time yet to define and expand their sound. For now, just jig about to some the glorious sound of rock ‘n’ roll, and the 1950s.”

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From Joel Shanahan – The Decider January 12, 2009:

“…Madison trash-punk duo The Hussy took the stage in matching, zebra-striped T-shirts. A refreshingly attentive audience pumped its fists as lanky, mop-topped guitarist Bobby Wegner swung his jangled, spiked-bat riffing in to the blasting power-pop rhythms of drummer Heather Sawyer. The Hussy also boasted a dual-vocal delivery, which resembled two siblings trying to compete for their mother’s attention over the sound of a running chainsaw.”

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From Mad Tracks at the Daily Page – October 31, 2008:

“…it’s the kind of art that conjures up scenes of sweaty crowds and basements smeared with beer, piss and vinegar…a song that’s heavy and dirty, punkish and pounding, catchy and rocking from start to finish.”

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From Mister G – Green Arrow Radio – June 29, 2008:

“A two piece from Madison calling themselves “the Hussy” made themselves known at the Frequency and man, it didn’t take long to have the beats beating a pulp of real raw rawkkkkk! Armed with a vexing guitar and a banger of earthshaking booms on drums, the Hussy brought back the short catchy hard hitting feeling I first remember when trying out heavy sounding underground sounds. I felt like I was back at CBGB’s getting a taste of what the others have been trying to make happen.”

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The Hussy

Big thanks to The Hussy who have generously made the following tracks available to download for our blog readers.  Enjoy!

The Hussy – “Winter Daze”

The Hussy – “One Time”

Plus, a True Endeavors blog exclusive track:

The Hussy – “On The Cover”

Like what you hear?  Then come check out The Hussy in full live concert glory!  They’ll be playing The Frequency tomorrow night with a line-up that reads like like a who’s-who list of the Madison indie rock scene:  Sleeping in the Aviary, Cribshitter, and Screamin’ Cyn Cyn and the Pons. Not bad eh?  The show marks the record release of The Hussy’s split 7″ with Sleeping in the Aviary, so you really won’t want to miss this one!

Be sure to check out the band’s MySpace to keep up-to-date on all their upcoming shows and news!

Record labels:

Science of Sound

A Fistful of Records

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Local Band Spotlight: Steez

True Endeavors is proud to introduce introduce Local Band Spotlight as a brand new feature to our blog!  While much of our time is dedicated to drawing attention to the wonderful national acts that come to town, we want to shed light on the many hometown bands that Madison has to offer as well.

In this first installment of Local Band Spotlight we present Steez, a self-described “creepfunk” jamband featuring the talents of Matt Williams (keyboards/synth/accordian), Steve Neary (guitar/vocals), Chris Sell (bass/vocals), Raab Bessert (drums/vocals), and Andrzej Benkowski (oboe/fiddle/sax/flute/guitar/vocals).

You may have already heard of Steez through their annual “Last Day of Class Mustache Bash,” an event which doubled as a food drive at this year’s December 12th show.  The band is currently at work on a brand new album, expected for a spring release.

Steez

Steez

So who are these guys?

“Think of a hibachi chef flipping a raw egg high in the air with the spatula. While in the air, he manages to successively chop fresh veggies and slice his meats with precision with plenty of time to turn his spatula up to the air and perfectly catch the egg shell on its edge while the whites and yolk splash perfectly onto the skillet. There a lot of tasks involved within short pockets of time, but each piece fits precisely together into an energetic crowd-pleasing performance. Coordination is everything.”

Categorization be damned, the Madison-based five piece, Steez, is — in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions — a funk band, a jamband, a fusion band, a disco-fanged multi-beast, and a basket case.

Churning out their self-described Creepfunk, a high energy, danceable variety of funk — one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities – Steez has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest, winning contests to perform at both the 2008 Summer Camp and Rothbury Festival and performing to capacity crowds at rapidly growing venues .

After receiving repeated acclaim for their live performances, which typically include a seamless weaving of thoughtfully composed originals and crowd pleasing covers spanning from Madonna to clever obscurities like Genialistid (Estonia), Steez is ready to take Creepfunk into the studio for their first full length LP.

Hoping to carve out a niche in the competitive jamband landscape, what really sets Steez apart is the camaraderie and endearing sense of humor. The band’s humble beginnings include getting banned for life from a venue after their first ever live performance, maneuvering a moped accident involving a parked car, and cruising the Midwest in the inspired 35 foot band bus, ‘Big Brown.’ While it’s the original songs and taut musicianship that initially grab both fans’ and critics’ attention, the band’s personality keeps it.”

-Band Bio

Intrigued?  Click here to checkout a collection of the band’s tunes, find upcoming tour dates and become their friend on the official myspace page!