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 and guitar arrive on stage like a Riot Grrrl but bop to the beat of Jason Potter’s huge, dark drumming.

New album, Heavy High is now available from Velvet Elk Records.

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BIOGRAPHY
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Breakout St. Louis garage-pop duo Bruiser Queen have signed a deal with Velvet Elk Records in NYC (artist owned and operated by Jesse Malin & Don DiLego), to release a deluxe edition of their latest album, “Heavy High,” to be followed by future releases.

In addition to the new Bruiser Queen releases, Velvet Elk is home to Dead Heavens, Alan Vega (Suicide), Hollis Brown, Jesse Malin, Don DiLego, Heavy Howl, Arthur Moon and more.

Fueled by guitarist/singer Morgan Nusbaum’s raucous Riot Grrrl vocals and Jason Potter’s explosive drumming, “Heavy High” showcases the band’s signature fusion of snarling punk energy and infectious pop sensibilities. Bruiser Queen marked the release with their first headline tour through the Midwest and West Coast in the fall of 2018.

Formed in 2010, Bruiser Queen has earned a slew of accolades and awards in the Midwest and beyond for their mix of 21st Century punk stomp and 60’s girl group shimmy. St. Louis NPR station KWMU raved that the band delivers “the kind of concentrated, uncut rock 'n' roll that is perennial in its appeal and absolutely powerful in its immediacy,” while St. Louis Magazine hailed their “primal, garage punk,” and Consequence of Sound praised them as “Karen O-meets-the-Pixies.”

Since the release of their potent 2012 debut album, “Swears,” the duo has taken home both Best Rock Band and Best Garage Band honors in the Riverfront Times’ annual Readers’ Poll, landed festival slots from Savannah Stopover to Loufest, and shared bills with X, Wanda Jackson, Best Coast, Murder By Death, Those Darlins, and Polyphonic Spree among others.

ABOUT VELVET ELK RECORDS: Velvet Elk is the artist-owned label run by New York City musicians Jesse Malin and Don DiLego. The label’s home is an East Village basement, above which sits below a rock club called Coney Island Baby.

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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