If your next favourite band excel at lifting large parts of The Coral’s ‘Thinking Of You’ backing track, whilst simultaneously pogoing their way through a big box of bouncy ska and crafting the kind of helium packed choruses that Ash and Catatonia inflated the late-90s with, then I guess The Hussys could very well indeed be your next favourite band. The Daily Record certainly thought so and alternative music guru, Janice Long would even be willing to put her buss-pass where her mouth is and sign this band herself.
With the greater part of the band’s new ‘Tiger EP’ recalling elements of The Rezillos and Catatonia, The Hussy’s burst out of the thriving Glasgow scene last year. Songwriter James rounded up fellow musicians from various pubs and open-mic nights around town and before they knew it, they had a line-up that included Fili on vocals, Steph on bass, Gordy on drums, Ronnie on guitar and Greg on keyboards. A bit Rod, Jane and Freddy, I grant you, but what they lack in the gratuitous excesses of rock n’roll naming conventions they more than make up for in tunes.
Fast gathering a blistering reputation for their energetic live shows in support of upcoming Sheffield upstarts, Little Man Tate in October and on podiums of their own wee making, The Hussys are about to undertake a tour of “Barfly” venues nationwide. Here's their heads - and here's where they're at.
1. Where are you now? What can you see?
Fili: In work, computer screen…duh!
Steph: At home in my bedroom. I can see the street outside, my bed & furniture.
2. What was the last thing you ate?
Fili: Raisins, the ones with the woman on the box.
Steph: Two rolls with square sausage, bacon & a nice cup of tea.
3. What was the last album you bought?
Fili: The Essential “Journey” and The Veronicas “The Secret Life Of...” (bought them on the same day)
Steph: Tom Waits’ ‘Asylum Years’.
4. What was the last movie you saw?
Fili: Lake Placid on dvd 2 nights ago.
Steph: The Grizzly Man, it’s the true story about the life of a guy who lived in the wilds with Grizzly Bears. They ate him.
5. What are you most looking forward to?
Fili: Going out tonight and gigging later this month.
Steph: Our tour in February.
6. What do you hate right now?
Steph: Celebrity Big Brother.
7. What was the last thing you saw that you liked on TV?
Fili: Dylan in Neighbours (yesterday).
Steph: A re-run of The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2.
8. Where or how do you feel most comfortable?
Fili: In bed….sleeping.
Steph: My bed.
9. What would you class as your most defining moment?
Steph: Playing to a packed tent at the Belladrum Festival last summer.
10. What are your plans for tonight?
Steph: Going for a belated Christmas night out with friends.
Jan 2007 Fri 19th Stockton on Tees Ku Bar
Wed 24th York Fibbers supporting Little Man Tate
Thur 25th Sunderland Bar Pure
Fri 26th Barnsley Citrus Rooms supporting Little Man Tate
Mon 12th London The Fly
Tue 13th Birmingham Barfly
Wed 14th Cardiff Barfly
Thur 15th York Fibbers
Sat 17th Glasgow Barfly
Sun 18th Liverpool Barfly
Tue 20th Sheffield Boardwalk Red Stripe Music Awards Show
Thur 22nd Edinburgh Heriot Way Uni
The Tiger EP is out 19th Feb on First Records.
Crud Magazine 2006©