Monday, July 11, 2022

NEW ALBUM! 'Between You, Me, and the Trash'

Between You, Me, and the Trash

At long last, Bruiser Queen is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of our new album, Between You, Me, and the Trash! Due on all digital and streaming platforms Friday, August 5 2022!

Sound Check Song
This City Won't Take Us Alive
The Wild Ones
Crushing Out
Heart Strings
Drunk on the Internet
Play Dumb
Nobody's Dream Girl
High Dive MKE
Pretty Good Employee
Walking on My Grave (Dead Moon)


Between You, Me, and the Trash
Street Date: 8/5/2022

Is it the same album it would have been had it been completed before the world descended into utter chaos in March of 2020? There’s no way of knowing. Here’s what we do know: Bruiser Queen is back. They’re back with a massive new album, 'Between You, Me, and the Trash.' And if it sounds literal - it’s because it is. We see the duo (comprised of singer/guitarist, Morgan Nusbaum, and drummer, Jason Potter) popping off with more vigor and personal vulnerability than ever before.

Gone are the good-time sunshine vibes of 2017’s Heavy High (their most recent record to date). In its place sits loneliness, disappointment, sarcasm, and the scars of violence. Once gripping listeners with the raucous one-minute opener “Sound Check Song” - a staple of their recent live set - Bruiser Queen lays forth a landscape of what’s to come with “This City Won’t Take Us Alive.” Weaving together details of Potter’s bloody mugging outside a south city bar with accounts of her own automotive mowing-down as she attempted to cross the street on foot in broad daylight, it’s clear from the crack in her voice: Nusbaum’s had it up to here.

In early 2020, as the doldrums of global isolation set in, the band gave fans an early sneak-peek at the album’s direction, releasing dreamer “Crushing Out” and the autobiographical anthem, “The Wild Ones” as an EP of the same name. Listeners not only witnessed evolutionary growth in terms of song structure and expanded instrumentation, the band tipped its hand in terms of musical influence as well. We don’t ‘think’ they love late '70s/early '80s punk and '90s third-wave ska - we know damn well they do. Driving home the point is the EP’s closer, a ripping cover of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “Bad Reputation.”

In an effort to capture this big new sound, Bruiser Queen enlisted engineer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios back home in St. Louis, MO. Usery’s touch can be felt throughout, but most notably on the cheeky “Drunk on the Internet” and mid-album crusher “Play Dumb.”

As much of a stretch as all this sounds, the band isn’t completely unrecognizable from its previous garage pop form, on display since their 2012 debut LP, 'Swears.' It’s clear they’re still somehow hopeful. It’s clear they still love heartbeat stomp doo-wop (see, “Heart Strings” and “Nobody’s Dream Girl”). And it’s abundantly clear Nusbaum’s powerhouse voice remains unmatched - even if she herself is a little worse for wear.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Deluxe West Coast Dates

In celebration of Heavy High's Deluxe Edition release on Velvet Elk Records we're hitting the West Coast for a run of shows between Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Complete list of dates:

11/22 St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
11/25 Dallas, TX - Three Links
11/27 Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
11/28 Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
11/30 Las Vegas, NV - Evel Pie
12/1 Oceanside, CA - The Pour House
12/2 Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
12/3 Los Angeles, CA - The Redwood Bar
12/4 Oakland, CA - The Golden Bull
12/5 Riverside, CA - Aurea Vista
12/9 Reno, NV - Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
12/12 Albuquerque, NM - The Wagon Wheel
12/13 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge

Friday, November 2, 2018

Bruiser Queen Joins Velvet Elk Records

EXCITING NEWS! Bruiser Queen is thrilled to announce we've officially joined the Velvet Elk Records family of recording artists!

Velvet Elk is home to a host of great bands and songwriters like Jesse Malin, The Heavy Howl, Don DiLego...and now, Bruiser Queen! Our first effort together is AVAILABLE NOW - a Deluxe Edition of our most recent album, Heavy High, containing 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks - including album b-sides and acoustic versions of "Sugar High" and "Have Fun" (recorded this past spring at Velvet Elk Studios).

Available for download and streaming now:

Velvet Elk Store

Monday, March 5, 2018

West Coast Dates Supporting SADGIRL

We're excited to share we'll soon be heading out on a full West Coast Tour with the incredible SADGIRL!

Complete list of dates:

3/18 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
3/19 Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theater
3/20 Wichita, KS - Barleycorn’s
3/21 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
3/23 Denver, CO - Streets Of London Pub
3/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
3/27 Boise, ID - Tom Grainey's*
3/28 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
3/30 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt*
3/31 Portland, OR - Dante’s
4/1 Bend, OR - Volcanic Theatre Pub
4/3 Sacramento, CA - Press Club
4/4 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
4/5 Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone
4/8 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom*
4/10 Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room*
4/11 Albuquerque, NM - Moonlight Lounge*

* Bruiser Queen only

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BRUISER QUEEN + FEA Fall 2017 Tour Dates

COMING SOON! A full US coast-to-coast tour with Fea. Check the dates/cities and help spread the word! More dates being announced all the time.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

9/28 Hot Springs, AR - Maxine's*
9/29 Tulsa, OK - Unit D*
9/30 Austin, TX - Beerland*
10/1 Houston, TX - Walter's Downtown*
10/3 New Orleans, LA - Cafe Istanbul*
10/4 Tallahassee, FL - 926 Bar
10/5 Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
10/6 Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
10/8 Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
10/10 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Neck Tie
10/11 Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar
10/12 New York, NY - Berlin
10/14 Fort Wayne, IN - Skeletunes*
10/15 Fort Wayne, IN - Neat Neat Neat Records*
10/16 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Music Joint
10/17 Des Moines, IA - Lefty's Live Music
10/18 Omaha, NE - Growler USA
10/19 Denver, CO - Streets of London
10/20 Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock
10/21 Boise, ID - Neurolux
10/22 Walla Walla, WA - Charles Smith Wines
10/23 Seattle, WA - Funhouse
10/24 Portland, OR - The Know
10/25 Corvallis, OR - Cloud & Kelly's
10/26 Redding, CA - The Dip
10/27 Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
10/29 Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar
10/31 West Hollywood, CA - Viper Room
11/1 Phoenix, AZ - Chopper Johns
11/2 El Paso, TX - Rock House Bar and Grill
11/3 San Angelo, TX - The Deadhorse
11/4 Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar

* Bruiser Queen only

Saturday, September 9, 2017

New "Have Fun" Music Video + PledgeMusic Campaign Launch + New Tour Dates!

The wait is over! Pull up a seat, we've so much to share! For starters, Impose Magazine just premiered the brand new video for 'Have Fun' (directed by Brian McClelland/Blip Blap Video) Watch it here now:

There, you'll also find a Q&A AND that we've announced the launch of an exciting PledgeMusic pre-order campaign for our new album, Heavy High, which will be released this fall via Certified PR Records.

In addition to simply pre-ordering a download, CD, or LP copy of the album, you can order gobs of Pledge-only exclusives like hoodies, t-shirts, and posters. On top of that, you can have us sing you (or a friend) happy birthday, wash your dishes, watch your kids, play a private acoustic (or full band) show, and much more.

Lastly, we're beyond thrilled to announce a full coast-to-coast tour with San Antonio, TX's Fea that starts at the end of this month. Hop over to the article catch a first look at those dates/cities.

Thanks for all your support, we love you guys!

Morgan + Jason

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Midwest Coast to Coast Tour 2017

We're stoked to announce we'll be running around the Midwest all summer!

Check out the complete list of "Midwest Coast to Coast Tour 2017" dates:

5/12 Hot Springs, AR - Low Key Arts
5/20 Memphis, TN - The Hi-Tone
5/24 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
5/25 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
5/26 Norman, OK - Opolis
5/27 St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights Music Fest
5/31 Chicago, IL - Subterranean (Downstairs)
6/1 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
6/2 Green Bay, WI - The Lyric Room
6/3 Green Bay, WI - The Exclusive Company
6/3 Oshkosh, WI - Reptile Palace
6/9 Iowa City, IA - Yacht Club
6/10 Appleton, WI - Dèjá Vu Martini Lounge
6/15 Jefferson City, MO - The Bridge
6/16 Springfield, MO - Lindberg's
6/17 St. Louis, MO - RFT Music Showcase
6/22 Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall (Park)
6/23 Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick
7/15 Springfield, IL - Amaranth Apple Summer Fest
7/19 Chicago, IL - The Burlington
7/20 Minneapolis, MN - Palmer's Bar
7/21 Winona, MN - Broken World Records
7/22 Sioux City, IA - The Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill
7/28 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room
8/1 Kansas City, MO - recordBar
8/4 Lincoln, NE - Duffy's Tavern
8/5 Chesterfield, MO - 'Burbs Music & Art Fest
8/11 Kansas City, MO - recordBar
8/12 Edwardsville, IL - The Stagger Inn