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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Media Roundup: What Will Spring Bring?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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After making a stop in Madison to play a fantastic show at the High Noon Saloon, An Horse made their way to NYC to play “Camp Out” for David Letterman.   If you haven’t done so already, check out our interview with the band here.

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Paul and Ringo will lead an alarmingly amazing lineup of musicians who will perform at the upcoming “Change Begins Within” benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.  The foundation “raises funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate — giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives.”

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The Roots are settling into their new role as house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Check out a video interview complete with rehearsal footage of the band here.

The Roots

The Roots

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Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker has a new album called Further Complications due out in May.  Let’s hope he’ll make time for an American tour after he completes his European dates!

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If you read the endlessly entertaining memoir Petal Pusher from Madison-native, rocker and author Laurie Lindeen (which you definitely should have), then you’ll be interested to know that her former band, Zuzu’s Petals, has a new retrospective album available from Rhino.

Zuzu's Petals

Zuzu's Petals

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Thanks to NPR, Dan Deacon fans can stream his new album, Bromst, in its entirety.  What do you think of the new tunes?  If you didn’t already know, Deacon will be in Madison on May 4th with Future Islands and Teeth Mountain.  Get your tickets here!

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Check out P.O.S.‘s new video for “Optimist.”

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It’s time to compare notes.  NME recently compiled a list of the “20 Greatest Goth Tracks.” What do you think of their selection?  What would you have included?
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Madison’s own Stu Levitan recently spoke with folk icon Joan Baez in an interview for 92.1 The Mic.  Click here to listen!  (Listed under March 8, 2009 Hour 2).  If you still don’t have tickets to Joan’s show at the Barrymore, get ’em here!

Joan Baez

Joan Baez

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If you’re thinking about picking up tickets to catch No Doubt on their upcoming tour, here’s a little extra motivation:  fans who opt to purchase premium tickets online will be able to download the band’s entire catalogue, plus exclusive content.
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Lots of exciting news from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club camp!  A new album, DVD and tour are all in the band’s game plan for 2009.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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While you’re waiting for the indie folk trio that is Good Old War to play Madison on April 6th, check out this interview with the band from Blare magazine.  Need tickets to the show?  Head over here.
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Hardly a week goes by without some news from Oasis.  This week there are no brawls or international incidents to report on–just some free music on its way this spring!

Oasis

Oasis

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This year’s festival season is starting to take shape.  Pitchfork announced the first batch of confirmed acts for their July showcase, plus a brand new feature where ticket holders have the opportunity to pick the bands’ setlists.

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Jack White and The KillsAlison Mosshart are so strangers to being members of fantastic musical duos, so it only seems natural that they would join forces to create a brand new band called The Dead Weather. Along with The Raconteurs‘ “other Jack” (Lawrence) and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Dean Fertita, White and Mosshart plan to release the band’s debut album in June. Get the full scoop here, and check out a video of their first single.

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Congratulations are in order for Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore, who recently wed in a private ceremony in Georgia.

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A new Jeff Buckley CD/DVD package to mark the 15th anniversary of his debut album’s release will be available on June 2.  The set features live performances and rare TV clips. Find out more about what the package will include.

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

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Dahni Harrison talked to Billboard about the upcoming release of his band’s first album, as well as the new version of Rock Band featuring that one group his dad was in.  You may have heard of them…

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Check out a preview of The Hold Steady‘s new DVD, A Positive Rage.  When it’s realeased on April 7th, there’ll undoubtedly be more than a few Madison fans scanning the screen to catch a glimpse of themselves getting blown away by the band’s amazing show at The Majestic last year.

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A new solo Iggy Pop album is due out in May.  Read what the godfather of punk had to say about finding his inspiration as well as the furture of the Stooges after the passing of Ron Asheton.

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

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