Nashville Pussy

Nashville Pussy Biography

Blaine Cartwright-lead vocals, guitar
Ruyter Suys-lead guitar
Jeremy "Remo" Thompson-drums
Katie Lynn Campbell-bass

Say Something Nasty is the new Artemis album by Nashville Pussy. Not surprisingly, NP singer/guitarist Blaine Cartwright declares in no uncertain terms that, "It’s our best one yet!" But Blaine’s words are—to quote John Lee Hooker—"no brag, just facts." This 15-track set of raunchy, high-voltage Southern guitar rock features the best songs and sharpest production yet from this Georgia-based quartet. Say Something Nasty includes such hilarious, hard-rocking originals as "You Give Drugs a Bad Name," "Keep Them Things Away From Me," "Beat Me Senseless," and "Gonna Hitchhike Down to Cincinnati And Kick The Shit Outta Your Drunk Daddy."

To record Say Something Nasty, Blaine explains, "we went back to Glasgow, Kentucky and worked with [producer] David Barrick. I knew him from my old band, Nine-Pound Hammer. David runs a small studio with big-time machines. He installed the board, he engineered all the sessions—he’s the whole show! He’s worked with a lot of up-and-coming bands, doing demos, and also with Kentucky Headhunters and with Bernie Worrell."

The entire album took less than three weeks to track and mix. "Glasgow is in a dry county, which kept everyone concentrated," notes Blaine. "It’s impossible to score any weed, and the nearest beer is 30 miles away. You can’t even buy a Playboy magazine! So the only place to go every day was the studio." Say Something Nasty contains 11 new songs written by Blaine Cartwright, although "I credit everybody because of their contributions." Two other standouts are "Beat Me Senseless," recorded for a Circle Jerks tribute album, and a blazing take on Johnny Winter’s "Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo." "Say Something Nasty," "Can’t Get Rid Of It," and "Gonna Hitchhike Down To Cinicinnati And Kick The Shit Outta Your Drunk Daddy" also appear on a 3 song sampler that is being serviced to metal and rock specialty radio.

Formed in 1996, the current lineup of Nashville Pussy features Kentucky-born singer/guitarist Blaine Cartwright, lead guitarist Ruyter Suys (pronounced "Rider Sighs"), drummer Jeremy "Remo" Thompson, and bassist Katie Lynn Campbell a/k/a "Vampire Girl." The band’s debut album, Let Them Eat Pussy, was released on Amphetamine Reptile in 1998 and later picked up by Mercury Records for national distribution. A track from that album entitled "Fried Chicken and Coffee" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Nashville Pussy’s second disc, High As Hell, was released in 2000 on TVT Records. Two cuts from High As Hell – "Wrong Side of A Gun" and "Shoot First and Run Like Hell" – were featured in the film Super Troopers and on the soundtrack album.

This is one "people’s band" that has garnered some surprisingly favorable press. Philadelphia’s City Paper called Nashville Pussy "arguably the funniest, raunchiest, most kick-ass group in rock today." The Orange County Weekly wrote: "Nashville Pussy [are] a guilty pleasure—swaggering, menacing, hedonistic, riveting—yet they don’t come off as contrived…Part of their potency, no doubt, is that they’ve got excellent musicianship to back up the glimmer." For nearly six years, Nashville Pussy has virtually lived on the road. "Out of the last six months, we’ve been home for about three weeks," says Blaine. "We don’t go home!" They’ve held their own in venues ranging from a Hell’s Angels festival in France to the 2000 "Tattoo the Earth" tour with Slipknot, Slayer, and Sevendust. During a European tour in the summer of 2001, the band managed the astonishing feat of playing four different European festivals within 40 hours.

Contrary to popular myth, the Nashville Pussy live experience does not include fire-breathing, live sex, or the open promotion and use of narcotics. (In the audience, maybe, but not on the stage.) "All that stuff’s just a myth," says Blaine with a chuckle. "It’s the kind of thing that always starts going around about any crazy, high-energy rock and roll show. When I was growing up, I heard that Alice Cooper killed puppies on stage. People swore they had seen this!" "We just try to create a situation where you think anything can happen. We always have good shows in places like Indiana, where there’s nothing else to do." Perhaps the key line in Say Something Nasty comes from the anthemic, uproarious "Keep On’ Fucking," in which Nashville Pussy declares, "you don’t have to be smart to understand."

"That’s what this album and this band are really about," declares Blaine Cartwright. "We rock for the stupid and the smart, and our audience runs the gamut every night. We’ll be closing with ‘Keep on Fucking’ for the next 20 years. We’re gonna shove this album up America’s ass!"



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