Last (and only time previously?) time Wussy toured the UK was about 4 years ago. They played York at the time at the now defunct Stereo venue. Once heralded as “the best band in America” they’ve never really broke the UK, evident by the 20 fans bothering to turn up last time I saw them. Although tonight the numbers seemed to have doubled Wussy are still relatively unknown in the UK. They’ve released a couple of albums since then and tonight they’re promoting their recent “Forever Sounds” album which is a return to form IMO.
Tonight’s venue is great. It’s a typical old Working Men’s club, no fuss bar, a bit of bunting up across the stage, nice big dancefloor and a stage that’s probably seen many a tombowler draw and bingo nights.
Highlights for me:
new tracks She’s Killed Hundreds and Hello, I’m a Ghost sounding particularly good live. Lisa Walker’s vocals are in fine fettle on To the Lightning. The band end with Maglite and a cover version (for the recent RSD 2016) of New Order’s Ceremony. It ends there but there’s something rather fitting yet bizarre about an American band covering a Joy Division/New Order song in a Northern Working Mens Club.