Pitchfork Gives Local Artist Zola Jesus Some Love

Zola Jesus

“…the music, in nodding to avant-garde and proto-goth forbearers while using back-in-vogue bargain-basement production, sounded both familiar and fresh..” –Pitchfork.com

We’re predicting great things for this Madison-based rising star.  Check out Pitchfork’s full review of Zola Jesus’ recently-released full-length album, The Spoils, and our interview with her here.

Artists You Should Know: Baghdad Scuba Review


On September 10th, Madison’s own Baghdad Scuba Review will open up for funky prog rock jammers Elmwood at the High Noon Saloon. Read on to find out more about these great local artists.

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Local Bands: You Can DIY

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As the age of major music labels comes to a close, more and more musicians are finding themselves in that highly-desired position of being in control of their artistic future.  Being able to steer your career exactly where you want it is a great thing, but not everyone is born knowing how to drive.  To help navigate those tricky roads, we’ve collected some helpful resources and inspiring DIY ideas to expose your music to the largest possible audience.

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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…”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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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