About

Garage Pop Rock N Roll duo Bruiser Queen (St. Louis, MO) blend 21st Century punk stomp with 60’s girl group shimmy. Morgan Nusbaum’s vocals & guitar arrive on stage like a Riot Grrrl but bop to the beat of Jason Potter’s huge, dark drumming.

New single, "Telepathic Mind" is now available from Certified PR Records.

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BIOGRAPHY
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"Instead of a bit of lyric, most often what came to me first when writing this material was the melody," confesses singer/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum of her St. Louis-based reverb-drenched garage pop duo, Bruiser Queen's new album, Sweet Static. What's clear here in the band's sophomore presentation, is her masterful dedication to melody and structure.

Dreamy album opener, "Tiny Heart Attack," charms listeners with the band's signature trademark: Nusbaum's potent Corin Tucker meets 60's girl group top-of-the-lung howl; but the band's true ace is her dynamic guitar style. "One of the challenges unique to being a guitar/drums duo is filling out the spectrum of sound normally covered by several instruments on stage," she says. No such limits existed in the studio, where she crafted twinkling guitars and harmonies to depths of overdriven layers of bass, organ, and piano. "Working with Harry in his Memphis recording studio was such an incredible experience, where every instrument was within arm's reach."

While 2012's debut Swears set forth Bruiser Queen's bold mission statement with bouncy 3-minute sing-along anthems for the Nation of Oohs and Whoa-Ohs, Sweet Static asserts that rules were meant to be broken - or at least bent. That's not to say Nusbaum, along with drummer Jason Potter, have thrown out the reverbial baby with the murky Mississippi River bathwater - they haven't. It's clear with tracks like "On The Radio," "Invisible Girl," and "Save Me" that the band's still just as sweet, but it's lush mid-tempo haunting entries like "Girls Like Me" and "Some Girl's Ghost" that demonstrate their willingness to expand upon themes and static structures.

Bruiser Queen is the collaborative effort of singer/guitarist, Morgan Nusbaum, and drummer Jason Potter. Formed in 2010, the garage rock and roll duo began winning over the Midwest in 2012 with the release of their first full-length album titled Swears, which preceded the highly praised In Your Room 7"/EP in 2013 via Certified PR Records. The title track, "In Your Room," was named "Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months" by the Riverfront Times and was a winner on the 2013 Village Voice Pazz and Jop Singles Chart. Sweet Static's "On The Radio" and "Some Girl's Ghost" were winners in 2014.

In the span of seven years, Bruiser Queen has been voted "Best Rock Band" (2016 and 2015) and "Best Garage Band" (2014) according to the RFT Music Awards Readers Poll, ranked at #36 on the KDHX Top Album Spins of 2012 Chart, and has filled supporting slots for artists including Best Coast, Murder by Death, Wanda Jackson, Polyphonic Spree, American Wrestlers, Corin Tucker Band, and Those Darlins. They have also featured in music festivals including Loufest, Middle of the Map, Savannah Stopover, Valley of the Vapors, Mile of Music, and True/False.

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PRESS CLIPS
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"Part riot grrrl and part art rock" - Examiner.com

"[Singer, Morgan] Nusbaum sounds a lot like a Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) if she grew up on a steady diet of pop and soul." - Confront Magazine

"...like an Alabama Shakes that has traded in blues roots for skiffle." - KXSC (Univ. of Southern California)

"Lead vocalist and guitarist Morgan Nusbaum has a voice like a midnight freight train, full of sheer power and an assuaging, gritty texture..." - Caterwaul Mag

"Verbed out, pushed into the red and full-on fun, they’re more Shannon & the Clams than Vivian Girls" - Orlando Weekly

"[Singer, Morgan Nusbaum] has the type of voice that can turn on a dime, ranging from sweet and soulful to fierce and forceful — often in the same song." - Pittsburgh In Tune

"...a garage-pop band that’s a hot little tempest of oldies and punk...‘Verbed out, pushed into the red and full-on fun, they’re more Shannon & the Clams than Vivian Girls, and they sparked a receptive crowd into a party."" -- Orlando Weekly

"There’s a uniqueness to the female vocals of this male-backed power pop band. They’re kind of crazy and wavering but melodic and pretty at the same time. It has a nice nineties indie pop feel to it, bringing to mind The Muffs and The Breeders." -- Craven Rock, Razorcake