Wussy: Attica! – album review
Wussy – Attica! (Damnably)
Wussy recently released their fifth album, but only the first to be released in the UK after the compilation Buckeye, Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham has been listening to what they describe as ‘Bridging the gap between The Band and Sonic Youth’. Read what he thinks below.
Remember when you were a kid and music was all there was. It got you through the acne and the embarrassment and the growing up. The rush you got when your band brought out a new song and it hit you right between the eyes. The moment in the middle of the crowd when you shout along and the feeling hits you so hard you could just explode. That’s what Wussy are singing about in ‘Teenage Wasteland’.
This is all about feeling, the music is big and wide open, like a field of unmown grass and wildflowers caught in a sunny cloudless day. It’s sensual in places and very very cool all the way through. Wussy are anything but their name. They are strong and bold but in places the music is very gentle. They go from the gentle strumming of ‘Teenage Wasteland’ with its heartfelt almost desperate vocals to the dirty fuzzed out blues of ‘Rainbows and Butterflies’ with its effortless stuttering grungy cool. ‘Bug’ is slow and fuzzy, sad and regretful. ‘North Sea Girls’ is piano and guitar led with sounds full of imagination and hope.
The folky sound continues with ‘Acetylene’ with a deep, gentle vocal over a sad country song full of regret and heart ache, ‘this is not a home, it’s an apartment.’ ‘To The Lightning’ is Midwest and uplifting, with a gloriously sloppy punk guitar beak in the middle. ‘Halloween’ and ‘Gene, I Dream’ are both folky and pure.
The title track starts sad and broken. It’s a little bit distorted and a little bit skewed. But the chorus is a rousing cry from the heart. It’s a glorious song. ‘Home’ feels wide open like a meadow under a clear sunny sky. The final track is called ‘Beautiful’ and is a harmonised ode to youth, like ‘Teenage Wasteland’ but in a different way. It feels epic, emotional and rich.
This album is quite wonderful. I would definitely advise you to add this to your collection, Wussy are cool, full of life and have filled a gap in my music that I didn’t even know I had.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.