I love the internet.
I know many people accuse technology and the evolution of music distribution of being the demise of the music industry. This may hold true for the small thimbleful of bands who were fortunate enough to be signed by the even smaller thimbleful of major record labels prior to the current state of the music industry.
I don’t care about that though, because the other side of that coin is the ability of a multitude of independent artists and labels to self-promote and self-distribute their music without having to deal with all of the bullshit that inevitably would force a compromise of the artist’s vision that inspired them to become musicians to begin with.
The musical landscape isn’t necessarily more diverse now than it was before. But it’s certainly more accessible to those of us who love discovering and listening to music.
But actually I’m not writing today to pontificate one way or another about the state of the music industry. What I’m writing about is why I love the internet. And the reason I love the internet is Wussy.
I’m a huge fan of Ass Ponys. I found them through the internet several years ago as well via eMusic. But with nothing new from them in so long, I’d given up hope that I’d hear Chuck Cleaver’s distinct style ever again. On a whim this week though, or perhaps by some bizarre divine inspiration, I hit up Wikipedia.
I discovered Wussy.
I also discovered Wussy has been around for several years. Why hadn’t I looked earlier??
Either way, it’s incredibly powerful music featuring Chuck Cleaver from Ass Ponys harmonizing beautifully with Lisa Walker. Mark Messerly and Joe Klug hold it all together with bass & drums.
Personally my favorite release is the acoustic remake of their debut album Funeral Dress. Yes, they are already doing remakes. They’ve been together over seven years and I didn’t even know it.
I love the internet.
They have six albums and a recently released compilation named Buckeye that I encourage you very strongly to go out and purchase to support this deeply talented and passionate group of musicians.
In the meantime a few of their tunes will be ending up on Signal 9 this weekend so feel free to tune in and hear for yourself.