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Interview: The Hussy

Interview: The Hussy

Wednesday 3rd September, 2014 11:59AM

Trash-punk pair The Hussy are heading to New Zealand next week, riding on the filthy cotton-tail of mischievous masked performer Nobunny. The Wisconsin-based duo are constantly pouring out excellent garage cuts, and have a bunch of 7-inches, EPs and full-length albums under their belt, the latest being the Cement Tomb Mind Control  LP which came out last year via Slow Fizz Records. The duo's rad brand of lo-fi fuzz rock has taken them all over the globe, but their upcoming visit will be the first time The Hussy has visited this fair country, so we thought we'd get to know Heather and Bobby a bit better with Seven Quick Questions. Get a load of their recent single 'EZ/PZ' while you find out what they had to say...

Firstly, Can you please tell us a little bit about yourselves?

We are The Hussy, our names are Bobby and Heather. We formed in 2008 in Madison with the intention to play garage punk in the vein of Cheap Time. At the time their first record really had a huge impact on us. Over the years we've evolved slightly to be more psychedelic and expansive. Lately we're on a straight garage pop streak. It's good to mix it.

How did you guys hook up with Nobunny?

We'd known about him for a while and became friends over shared musical experiences and playing around the same scene of people/musicians. Eventually we played some shows together and it just clicked. We also had a good time at a few Gonerfests with him that really cemented our friendship. Justin is a great dude and we're proud to call him a friend! It's always super fun to play with him, and he's a super chill guy, which is how we would describe ourselves so it just meshed right away.

This is your first trip to New Zealand… What have you heard about us?

It's supposed to be magnificently beautiful from every account we've heard. And we're psyched because Lord Of The Rings was filmed there.

Your recent video for ‘Studs In Love’ is amazing (watch below), where did the concept come from?

Thank you for the kind words! It's ALL our friend Shane O'Neill, a Madison friend who transplanted to NYC. He got his gang together to help us with the video while we were out in Brooklyn playing at Baby's All Right with Nobunny. It was a really great day! We both were very happy with the way the video turned out and thought it was cool!

What are some of the pros and cons of being in a two-piece?

There are only pros in our mind. Easy to practice, easy to tour, easy to make decisions. And this way each of us can do whatever we want musically and have full support from the other party.

Who are some of your favourite two-piece bands we should check out?

Obnox is the best one going currently. Bim and Ro are amazing musicians and people and we're extremely glad to call them friends! Bobby's a big fan of Bantam Rooster who was a great Crypt band from the 90s and early 2000s. Heather is a big fan of Pony Time who is a current band from Seattle.

Can you tell us what you have coming up after the Nobunny tour?

Our plans are to finish up a brand new LP which Southpaw Records will be releasing, as well as tidying up our old catalog and moving it all over to Southpaw. Currently they are repressing our first two sold out LPs that were released on other labels years ago. We'll be touring Europe and America extensively on the new release sometime in early 2015.

The Hussy is performing with NOBUNNY on Friday 12th September at Whammy in Auckland, and then at San Fran in Wellington the next night on 13th September. Head over here to buy tickets.

But that's not all! The Hussy are also doing a special Auckland sideshow on the 11th September at Whammy, with Auckland's own Hang Loose and The Admiral. Check out details for that show over here.


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Thu 11th Sep
Whammy Bar, Auckland
Fri 12th Sep
Whammy Bar, Auckland
Sat 13th Sep
San Fran, Wellington

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