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Monday, June 27, 2016

Premiere: Guts Club, Shit Bug

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click to enlarge Guts Club's Shit Bug is out July 8 via Moderate Fidelity. - TEAM CLERMONT
  • Guts Club's Shit Bug is out July 8 via Moderate Fidelity.
With her second album, New Orleans songwriter Guts Club wrings uneasy country blues out of a singular, sad and weirdly funny vision of our cosmic gloom.

Shit Bug is out this week as the first release on New Orleans-based label Moderate Fidelity Records. Stream it below via Gambit.

Guts Club is Lindsey Baker, here playing with her "Shit Bugs" Charles Lumar on upright bass, Adam Campagna on drums and piano, Jonathan Harris on steel guitar and James Fenwicke on trumpet.

Baker's imperfect, rust-colored voice forces us to listen a little harder and lean in a little closer for a weird hug and a welcome into a honky tonk netherworld, pruned of its mold and moss to reveal an "Ugly Igloo," "Whale Legs" and "Beer Horses." Baker fills a world of compound nouns with gray-colored details, carving out meaning from vivid memories and dreams and coming up short, or rolled in a rug and forgotten or swallowed whole by a whale. Made all the better with a sweet lap steel and barroom piano.

(I love a good compound noun. My first apartment was nicknamed "demon cove" and I lean on "nightmare world," "f— planet" and "garbage man/person." They say everything in the worst way about anything.)

A move to New Orleans from Brooklyn inspired Shit Bug's title track, an escape to (or from) a swamp wasteland for a life of shit-building together despite all the, well, shit. Baker imagines carting her garbage for that special someone, building a world apart from the mess and into another one. 

Shit Bug's album release party is Friday, July 8 at Sidney's Saloon (1200 St. Bernard Ave.) with Yes, Ma'am and The Wicked Son. Admission is $5. The album is out this Friday, July 1 and is available for preorder via Moderate Fidelity.

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