Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection from Morning Show host John Richards is “Muscle Cars” by Wussy from the band’s self-titled 2009 album on Shake It Records.
It reckons that in that Rolodex you call a brain, you’ve forgotten quite a few bands and songs. It happens -- more important information dares to fill up the space in your skull, pushing out past trivial pursuits for new adventures in learning (or useless bar room tidbits for pub games). With this in mind, you may look up and down at Wussy and skim over the name Chuck Cleaver and not give it a second thought -- that is, unless you’re like me and continually sing “Little Bastard” from the Ass Ponys at every idiot that crosses your path.
If you happened to be a fan, don’t expect “Muscle Cars” to contain the obvious barbs of that neglected 90s cult classic. However, one look at the band name combined with the song title of “Muscle Cars” and you can imagine that Cleaver’s sense of humor -- however subtle -- remains intact. Yet you’ll find this re-introduced piece of information moot as it is pushed out of your head by the magnificent wisps of Lisa Walker’s vocals and the catchy, albeit alternative melody proving there is still a place for the 1990s in modern indie. And don’t you forget it.
While Wussy may be hitting the road hard, only those fortunate readers located in or traveling to the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest shall be lucky enough to hear the Cincy-based band deliver their brand of heartland rock and roll. They’ll be in Manhattan and Brooklyn next week. Check for dates on their MySpace page. For now, enjoy this video of the band chatting and performing “This Will Not End Well” in a 70′s era RV: