Bobby Hussy and Heather Sawyer, aka Madison trash-rock duo the Hussy
, really upped the ante with their sophomore record: not only did they name it Weed Seizure
(Tic Tac Totally), which I think we can all agree is brilliant, but they also decked it out in cover art whose aesthetic is like a lunatic mashup of Total Recall
and Plan 9 From Outer Space
. And once the drums crash in on album opener "Undefined
," it's clear that the band's absolutely fried mentality extends to the music too. The song's a feedback-loaded garage-rock mess that features a strangely Middle Eastern-sounding rock-guitar lead trading blows with Bobby's unhinged, reverb-damaged singing. Underneath the abrasive loudness, though, the Hussy is sneakily catchy—you can hear it best in the fuzzy, hooky licks and Sawyer's melodic backup vocals. It's impressive how multifaceted Weed Seizure
sounds, given that it was recorded by a duo—"Stab Me
," with its layers of guitar, glockenspiel, and space keyboard, could easily be the work of a five-person band. If they can pull off a decent approximation of the album live, then my mental picture of Madison just got a whole lot more awesome. —Kevin Warwick The Man opens.