Bruiser Queen

Kickstand Productions Presents

Bruiser Queen

Natalie Grace Alford, The Gunshy

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Downstairs

Chicago, IL

$8.00

This event is 17 and over

Bruiser Queen
Bruiser Queen
Bruiser Queen is a dare that went too far. Bursting forth from St. Louis with the force of a thousand toasted ravioli, Bruiser Queen blends 21st Century garage punk stomp with 60's girl group shimmy to create a sound raw enough to blow your speakers, yet sophisticated enough to blow your mind.


Bruiser Queen is a dare that went too far. Bursting forth from St. Louis with the force of a thousand toasted ravioli, Bruiser Queen blends 21st Century garage punk stomp with 60's girl group shimmy to create a sound raw enough to blow your speakers, yet sophisticated enough to blow your mind.

Striking the perfect balance between Bruiser and Queen, this duo formed in 2010 and features Morgan Nusbaum on guitar and vocals and Jason Potter on drums. With every lyrical twist and turn, Morgan's voice launches a marriage of Corin Tucker and Kristin Hersh, howling her way through songs with assertiveness and control. Having played bass through her formative years, Morgan plays through a guitar and bass amp to create their characteristic wall of sound. Morgan's dynamic vocals and unique guitar style are paired with Jason's signature dance rattle drumming. His garage stomp crunchings coupled with their irreverent stage banter provide an end result similar in feel to The Muffs, Shannon and the Clams, and The Ettes.

After a pair of self-released EP's, Bruiser Queen made its proper debut in the Spring of 2012 with Swears; a ten song album full of sing-along, shoulder shimmying tracks. To accompany the album's release, the duo kicked out a video for "I'm Yours" showcasing their quirky sensibilities alongside their song crafting prowess. Later in 2012, the pair embarked on Memphis's 5 and Dime Studios to record a 2 song 7" EP and 5 song CD/EP. Released on St. Petersburg, Florida's Certified PR records, the "In Your Room" b/w "Ms Everything" EP joins a rich release history from the label that features the likes of Sugar Stems, Alicja Trout, Jack Oblivion, Brimstone Howl and The Hussy. The accompanying video for "In Your Room" once again features both their eclectic personalities and ability to move an entire room to dance.

These releases have garnered Bruiser Queen notoriety both locally and nationally. The strength of Swears landed the duo on 88.1 KDHX Top Album Spins of 2012 Chart at #36, earned singer/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum the title of "Best Vocalist" by the River Front Times, and the band also graced its cover in December 2013 as one of "St. Louis's Ten Bands That Should Be Famous Now". Additionally, Bruiser Queen has enjoyed reviews from Razorcake and Maximum Rock and Roll. Their regional success has secured them spots opening for national touring bands like Best Coast, Corin Tucker Band, Screaming Females, Those Darlins, Pujol, Living Things and Mr. Gnome.

Since the band's inception, Morgan and Jason have amassed an insatiable appetite for the road. Making their way through 10 states in 2013 alone, Bruiser Queen looks forward to an East Coast tour in 2014 in support of their soon to be released self titled album. The duo will again visit Memphis to record a full length album due out in the Spring of 2014. Fans can expect their signature melodies and sharp execution, while hearing new material that expands on the band's earlier primitive leanings, resulting in a sound that's emotionally raw and musically textured yet unexpectedly refined.
Natalie Grace Alford
Natalie Grace Alford
Natalie Grace Alford is a singer-songwriter from Chicago.
Venue Information:
Downstairs
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647