Does anybody else remember a semi-grungy, somewhat punk foursome out of Seattle called Hammerbox? In 1993 the band released their sophomore LP, Numb, and I probably spent the next two years devouring every second of that record. I only bring them up now because I miss the hell out of that band and up-and-coming Savannah trio Cusses happens to remind me of them—the angular guitars, the driving rhythms, the heavy hooks and taut energy. Frontwoman Angel Bond has a similar attitude and vocal approach as Hammberbox’s Carrie Akre and I’m really enjoying what she’s doing here on “Worst Enemy,” the latest single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut on HA! Records. The song’s traditional song structure isn’t exactly revelatory—much like this Bob Jones-directed studio-to-stage video, it strikes all the familiar chords and goes exactly where you expect it to. But I can’t deny that the guitars have some teeth and Bond manages to project a passionate persona while still striking a smoky, ultra-cool pose. That’s no easy trick to pull off and definitely reason enough to keep an ear out for Cusses in 2012.
Cusses celebrates the release of their self-titled debut LP on Saturday, February 11th at 529. Supporting them will be Cloudeater and ODIST. Doors open at 8:30pm. $5 gets you in.