CUSSES – Cusses

January 01, 1970

(Ha! Records)


Power(house) trio Cusses hails from Savannah, which isn’t
necessarily known as a rock ‘n’ roll hotbed but should be on the radar of
scene-watchers everywhere if this 2-guy, 1-gal combo is any signpost. That they
have Los Angeles roots is immediately evident, however, as the ten tracks on
their self-titled debut fairly bleed at the seams: there’s a classic glam-slam
punk core here bolstered by touches of hardcore, psychedelic garage and
metallic grunge, ocalist Angel Bond yelping and snarling with operatic abandon
against Bryan Harder’s massive sheets of guitars and Brian Lackey’s thunderous
avalanche of percussion. (Bond and Lackey lived in L.A. before relocating to Georgie, where they
hooked up with Harder, an old pal of Lackey’s.)


Recorded with Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra) at the
venerable Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Cusses is a study in controlled chaos with standout tracks
including “Blood Everywhere” (anthemic and unerringly melodic in the finest
sing-along fashion) and “Memorial” (atmospheric yet earthy, skillfully
navigating the light/heavy, soft/loud dynamic axis. The album also manages to
conjure favorable images of the alt-nineties before the hordes of Seattle
wannabes ruined that decade; check the sinewy “Hey You,” with its cinematic
vibe, or the doomy, dramatic “Don’t Give In” – the latter a showcase for Bond,
who unleashes her inner Eddie Vedder. It’s a big, bold sound that Cusses unleash,
and it’s not for the timid, either. But the sense of psychic exhilaration one
comes away with is absolutely worth the physical exhaustion: these folks
clearly mean what they’re doing, and
you can’t help but be swept up in
the sonic tsunami.


Everywhere,” “Hey You,” “Worst Enemy” -FRED

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