Title - 'Forever Sounds'
Artist - Wussy
Forever Sounds is the brand new album from Cincinnati's highly regarded (and rightfully so) indie rock band Wussy. Scheduled for release this coming March 4th via Damnably and Shake It Records it is the band's sixth full-length album and their second to be released in the UK - after the 2012 compilation Buckeye and 2014''s Attica!
For those not in the know, Wussy formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2001. Chuck Cleaver started the band after his prior group Ass Ponys, when he met Lisa Walker, the band's other lead singer-songwriter, in 2001. He asked Walker to perform with him in an awards show in Cincinnati that year because his stage fright discouraged him from doing so alone, believe it or not. The rest, as they say, is now history.
Combining Lucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons, R.E.M. and a pinch or so more of that ilk of bands/singers, when their now cult classic debut, Funeral Dress dropped in 2005, Wussy became instant darlings of the indie scene. Almost overnight and the band were under the spotlight creating song that still today live on in the memory.
Forever Sounds finds Wussy doing what they do best re: Cleaver and Walker writing most of the songs and either alternate lead vocals or sing them in harmony therein. This brand new album explores such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens and even the infamous The Big Lebowski, all wrapped up snugly inside layers of reverberated noise.
1. 'Dropping Houses'
2. 'She's Killed Hundreds'
3. 'Donny's Death Scene'
5. 'Hello, I'm A Ghost'
6. 'Hand of God'
7. 'Sidewalk Sale'
8. 'Better Days'
10. 'My Parade'
The opening track, 'Dropping Houses' is good and allows Walker to vocally open up, but it's on the second track, the brilliantly-titled 'She's Killed Hundreds' where the band, and Cleaver himself truly begins to take off on this new album. Channeling early Smiths, Wussy are alive on this track and it bleeds seamlessly into both the Walker-sung All About Eve-esque 'Donny's Death Scene' and then the rock panache of 'Gone.'
The R.E.M. vibe of Cleaver's distorted mic vocals on 'Hello I'm A Ghost' showcase one of the best tracks on the album, for me personally and that's backed by the echo chamber effect of 'Hand of God' from Walker. The heavy pavement grunge sound of layered guitars come to the fore on 'Sidewalk Sale,' which is followed by the more sedate harmonizing on 'Better Days.' The album - which also includes Mark Messerly on Bass, Keys; John Erhardt on Pedal Steel, Guitar; and Joe Klug on Drums - is then brought to a close with the chillingly vibrant tunnel-sounds of 'Majestic-12,' before finally ending with the Cleaver spoken/sung manifesto psych track 'My Parade.'