Concert preview: Wussy

Joel Oliphint

Cincinnati's Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) return to Columbus on the heels of their band Wussy's latest full-length,Forever Sounds. Released earlier this year on Shake It Records, the LP finds Wussy dabbling in more atmospheric, shoegaze-y sounds and less-linear story songs than previous records, though it's still instantly recognizable as the anthemic-yet-rumpled rock band Cleaver and Walker have co-led since the early 2000s.

I last saw Wussy perform as a duo at the Big Room Bar, and even though Walker spent half the show apologizing to Cleaver for forgetting how to play certain songs from the band's back catalog, it was memorable nonetheless. Walker and Cleaver are the perfect foil for each other onstage - Cleaver the self-deprecating, literate yawper, Walker the wallflower who transforms into a tornado once the song begins. It's a partnership that continues to yield surprises - for instance, a Record Store Day cover of New Order's "Ceremony" released in April. And the full-band lineup promises to be the best way to hear the soaring new songs fromForever Sounds.

Wussy kicks off the second leg of its summer tour this week at Double Happiness, where the band will be joined by local acts the Kyle Sowashes, Drift Mouth and ((reverbalines)). While a Wussy show in Columbus isn't a rarity, we're lucky to have a rock band this good pass through our town even semi-regularly.(Don't miss it)

Double Happiness

8 p.m. Thursday, July 7

482 S. Front St.,

Brewery District

doublehappinessohio.com