Photography by Michael Wilson©
By Steffen Armstrong
To us here at Third Outing Wussy, the "Mid-Western Droners" from Cincinnati, OH, sound like what would happen if the BJM and R.E.M had a love child, allowed a member of Oasis during the Be Here Now era to mentor said child, whilst the PAW's tour van parks up on the driveway for some unknown reason just to add to the vibe. Oh and country folk too! Yes, country folk! But how do they see it? Before you go see them live at Edinburgh's Electric Circus, here's Wussy...
A bit mysterious, blanketed by noisy familiarity. Dropping Houses is one that I don't get tired of. It actually has been coming on the radio a lot here at home, and I still get excited every time I hear it!
We've never been and it'll be so amazing to finally go! We had hoped to get there as the duo before, but things didn't work out with the routing. So it's especially great that we can bring the full band to play in Edinburgh. It'll be quite special for us. And we hope for the audience, as well!
We were so nervous that day! But when I finally saw the video, I think I was much more relieved about going into the whole tour. We had just put together that Tall Weeds song a few days prior, and we were kind of flying by the seat of our pants. Pulling it off live on the radio made us feel invincible for a day or so.
We honestly think Wussy are one of the nicest, warmest, and most genuine bands in the world of music today. They seem to have a genuine care and interest in what they are performing and the fans they are performing for. The KEXP session speaks volumes. The group are so excited to perform, and their great, positive attitude towards life simply blossoms because of it. It's a refreshing attitude for music.
But then there's so much to Wussy as a band and as people. Take a look at their tour blog found on their website. It's the fly on the wall documentary of Wussy's day to day life on the road, and a really charming approach to showing fans what their interests are and how they appreciate culture in Britain. On day three in Manchester Wussy visit the Castle Hotel bar which has maybe the best jukebox in England. On day four it's Bar Billiards in the working man's club around the corner from Bootham Cresent in York. Then on day eight the group even discover Leicester and revel in the City's recent premier league 'soccer' victory...this isn't just a band and a type of music we like, but a group of five very interesting people who we like.
However, if it wasn't for the music, then there wouldn't be a Wussy to discuss, and that music is rocking. We will look no further than Forever Sounds, released earlier this year on Damnably. From the flying opening track Dropping Houses to the more reflective closing track My Parade, there is a surreal energy which drives throughout this record. For us the peak comes at Donny's Death Scene and Hand Of God with their spooky riffs and haunting presence, but it's an overall development from the 2014 Duo and their popular Teenage Wasteland.