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The Hussy: Cement Tomb Mind Control (2011)

Cement Tomb Mind Control LP Cover Art

The Hussy es la última sensación del Garage-Rock venida desde Wisconsin. The Hussy son Bobby y Heather Pussy y desconozco si son hermanos o no. Están avalados por Kind Turkey Records (garantía de calidad en Pop-Punk) y por Slow Fizz Records, para quien han grabado este álbum de debut. The Hussy son un dúo incendiario que tan sólo con la fórmula guitarra-batería (ecuación muy repetida desde los tiempos de White Stripes) facturan un sonido realmente brutal, enérgico y altamente vitaminado, más cercanos a los Jon Spencer Blues Explosion que al dúo de Jack White. The Hussy no tienen reparo en subir al máximo el volumen del overdrive para empaquetar una serie de temas son de estructura garajista clásica, aunque lo que realmente engancha y estimula son sus actuaciones en vivo, y no por casualidad la banda tiene un calendario de lo más apretado durante este comienzo de verano.

The Hussy – Cement tomb mind control (2011)

“One of the first things you’ll notice about Cement Tomb Mind Control is how short it is. All of 21 minutes long, the new full-length from Madison’s The Hussy hurries to the finish line. But even at a blinding speed, it’s more than enough time for the album to stick to the brain.
A big reason for the album’s brevity is The Hussy’s quick-witted take on songwriting. Cement Tomb catalogs a series of fast jolts and lightning-bolt production through bursts of activity. In each of the 13 tracks, the duo jumps into the middle of a riff, ransacks it for a few good ideas, and then leaves it alone before anything can go awry. The songs’ meager lengths can be seen as something like self-imposed time limits, because The Hussy’s members’ overzealous attitudes cut both ways—they have a lot they want to cover, but you get the sense they’d spend all day digging through any one sound if given the opportunity.
They must have done all of that legwork beforehand, though, because Cement Tomb is highly informed by a vast array of garage rock styles while staying committed to The Hussy’s urgent and enthusiastic approach. They coast from the brash “I’m Me” to the surf-minded “Sexi Ladi” and the desert-sized scope of “Demon Claus” without sounding trite or out of place. They tie together the sing-song “Pavement” and the motor-heavy “Lymes (New Turk)” with a healthy string of reckless abandon. The wide range of Cement Tomb would be problematic if The Hussy wasn’t too carefree to notice.
It also helps that the two can really play their instruments. Bobby Hussy’s towering guitar lifts Cement Tomb through air and space, while Heather Sawyer’s steam-engine drumming grounds the two on a cohesive path, no matter how meandering it gets.
Despite the torrid pace, Cement Tomb never feels rushed. It bolts everything together with an overbearing sense of playfulness, and if The Hussy wrote a really great garage rock record, then the band is the last to know. But Cement Tomb really is an impressive collection of choice rock ’n’ roll nuggets. It flashes both a wild ambition and a hyperactive means of tackling it, and it needs to be played over and over again—not just because it ends too soon, but because it hardly ever needs to end at all” (

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21 junio, 2011 - Posted by | The Hussy

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