“This is our Back In Black!“ The man who says this is called Blaine Cartwright, vocalist and guitarist of American rock band Nashville Pussy. Cartwright is referring to the latest Pussy album Up The Dosage, a recording consisting of 13 fast-paced, sharp songs (plus two bonus tracks) which impress with their homogeneity and stylistic complexity. Up The Dosage takes up seamlessly where the 2009 Pussy release From Hell To Texas left off and goes even further. Blaine Cartwright is rightly proud of and unmistakably happy about the new material: “None of the previous Nashville Pussy albums has been as diverse and at the same time consistent. Everything sounds even bigger and better, yet raw and authentic through and through.
The new album was produced by Nashville Pussy and sound engineer Brian Pulito at the Microsonic Studios in Lexington, Kentucky, a place where the band, despite their limited budget, found ideal conditions for a focussed and inspired recording process. “It was clear from the beginning that the album would have to be cut with very little money because the ZZ Top tour cost us lots of dollars,” Cartwright confesses. “Luckily, Shinedown producer Rick Beato is a close friend of Nashville Pussy. Rick was so enthusiastic about the new material that he spontaneously decided to remix the album for us. That’s why Up The Dosage sounds so contemporary and powerful, with phat guitars and a production which sounds brilliant in every respect.”
Cartwright is referring to classy rock tracks such as the opener ‘Everybody’s Fault But Mine’, with a wonderfully ironic title which reflects that sense of humour which is so typical of Nashville Pussy. Next comes Cartwright’s personal fave ‘Rub It To Death’, a raw number with unashamed Motörhead references. Also typical of Nashville Pussy is the title track which takes no prisoners from the first note, unfolding a thoroughly unrefined attitude through the driving bass.
But there is also a number of surprising moments on Up The Dosage: the country rock song ‘Hooray For Cocaine, Hooray For Tennessee’, featuring dobro and mandolin, and ‘Till The Meat Falls Off The Bone’, which dates back to the seventies. Cartwright: “Somehow it’s turned into a kind of Aerosmith-meets-Pussy track. In the beginning I wasn’t sure whether we wanted to release it, but in a very special way it fits really well on the album.” ‘White And Loud’, penned by guitarist Ruyter Suys, with its doom-laden Black Sabbath flair also deserves a mention. By the way: Ruyter Suys and Blaine Cartwright continue to be the backbone of Nashville Pussy, supported by drummer Jeremy Thompson and – since 2011 – bassist Bonnie Buitrago, who joined the Pussy fold after Karen Cuda had left the band on friendly terms.
And another name which should be mentioned in connection with Up The Dosage is that of Eddie Spaghetti: the Supersuckers bassist has been one of Cartwright’s best pals since their joint European tour in spring 2009 and helped with the new songs: “Eddie came to my home in Atlanta to work on the material with me. He co-authored three songs and helped me with the right arrangements on the rest of the tracks. I can’t thank him enough for his assistance.”
Nashville Pussy came together in 1996. Ever since, the band has been performing a strenuous
annual gig marathon, touring with acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Reverend Horton Heat or ZZ Top and played Festivals like Wacken Open Air. Even Albums such as Let Them Eat Pussy (1998), High As Hell (2000), Say Something Nasty (2002) or From Hell To Texas (2009) have caused an international stir, and their single release ´Fried Chicken And Coffee` earned the band a Grammy nomination in the late Nineties in the category ´Best Metal Performance`.