Sunday, December 30, 2012

St. Louis Magazine - January 2013 issue spotlights Bruiser Queen

Cruisin' For A Bruisin'
The "primal, garagey, punk" sound of Bruiser Queen
By Thomas Crone - St. Louis Magazine

Talking to Jason Potter and Morgan Nusbaum about their band Bruiser Queen is, sure enough, a fun experience. They're enthusiastic not only about their own pursuits, but also in linking St. Louis to other scenes, especially their favorite spot to tour and record, Memphis, Tenn. They're generally upbeat about most things, in fact, punctuating points with exclamations like "That sounds neat!"

The only problem in talking music with the pair is that they end one another's sentences with such regularity that note-taking becomes a near-impossible exercise.

"We're like one person," Nusbaum quips.

As a band, they're like two people, Nusbaum on guitar and vocals, Potter energetically seated at his drum kit. The group started out as a standard four-piece, but when members defected, they simply weren't replaced. For one thing, the principals felt like their sound didn't need the depth or sweetening extra musicians might bring. As evidenced by their outstanding, hook-heavy full-length debut, 2012's Swears, their decision to remain sonically lean wasn't a mistake. It's an album that rocks plenty.

But there's also practicality involved. The band loves to embark on quick weekender trips to shows out of town, when work hours allow. Riding in what Nusbaum refers to as "Adventuremobile" and "Little Vibey," the pair have aced the packing of their touring machine, a veteran Pontiac Vibe.

"It's perfect," Potter says. "Everything fits in the back, and it's got a 110-volt charger. It's got 220,000 miles, but yeah, it cruises. When it dies, I'll buy another one."

Already a busy group, one that's not afraid to break the "one show a month" edict fancied by a lot of original local music groups, the band might get a bit busier in the late winter: It's releasing several cuts from a Memphis recording date, with at least a 45 coming out, and a possible split 45 also spun from that session. On it, Nusbaum includes bass and organ, adding new elements to the band's sound, which Potter sketches out as "stylistically primal, garagey, punk-type stuff."

Both members of the group admit that self-promotion is still the one element that often goes lacking. Songwriting and gigging are constants. As visual artists, they produce their own flyers and collateral materials. They're plenty used to hosting touring bands on their trips into St. Louis, and they've got the air mattress to prove it. To the degree that they're interested in a label relationship, it's solely to continue pushing their sound outward: outta St. Louis and even outta their beloved Interstate 55 corridor.

But it's unsurprising that as a band that pretty much does everything for itself, the group isn't stressing about promotions, with a healthy respect for the straight-to-the-people opportunities that the modern Web allows.

"Our Bandcamp page," Potter says, "has been really good to us. That's been real powerful, real direct. You control the whole thing, the money comes directly to you, and the buyer can download directly there, with no need for special players. It's a really great tool."

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ep. 122 Bruiser Queen Part 2 on The Chevy Music Showcase

Check out our second episode on The Chevy Music Showcase! Stop by their Facebook page and vote for our band! We can start sending out text alerts for shows or important awesome things that you want to know about! Also just to clarify the content of the video, we did not record Swears in my house. This video was shot before little old Swears was ready to be recorded. ~ Morgan

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"I'm Yours" Music Video

Official music video for the Bruiser Queen single, "I'm Yours" from the album "Swears"

Friday, May 25, 2012


OMG OMG OMG THIS IS TODAY!!!!!!!! Come out and get your copy of "Swears" Tonight! And Beers! And High Fives!

BRUISER QUEEN Vintage Vinyl In-Store Performance
7pm - FREE - All Ages - FREE Schlafly Beer

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Morgan Nusbaum of Bruiser Queen - "A Girl Like Me"

In case you missed it, last night we made a quick stop in Kansas City, MO. Morgan treated some lucky park-sitters at the 18 Broadway Urban Garden to the sweet sounds of an acoustic version of a new BQ tune. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The full release of "Swears" is right around the corner, but for now you can check out 7(!) tracks from it over at our bandcamp page - including the single "I'm Yours."

PLUS!! Download a FREE track from the album - "Old Man Winter" - from our friends at Chevy Music Showcase on our Artist Profile Page.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Here it is! The cover art of our debut full-length, "Swears." 10 hot tracks recorded with Chris Turnbaugh at Studio CTS in south St. Louis. Release date and other goodies announced soon.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Hope to see all yous there :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
w. Blackwell, Ross Christopher

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


10denza, the Central West End's hot new "retail lounge" is proud to present a special exhibit: Empty City, Posters by Potter, featuring the work of local rock poster artist and musician Jason Potter, known for his hand-screen printed rock show posters for various national and local bands and as the drummer in St. Louis bands Left Arm and Bruiser Queen.

The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, January 27 from 7-10 p.m. at 10denza, located at 44 Maryland Plaza. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, music by DJ Ryan Snowden and Bruiser Queen and poster signings by the artist. This event is free and open to the public.

10denza: 44 Maryland Plaza | St. Louis | MO | 63108; 314.361.1010

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Everyone is invited! This Thursday night at Atomic Cowboy is the launch party for the Chevy Music Showcase St. Louis. We're very excited to be a part of this project. Fun starts at 7:30.