If Chelsea Wolfe’s 2019 mostly acoustic album, Birth of Violence, had your hankering for her to return to the amplified, metallized sound of 2017’s Hiss Spun, you are in luck — and then some. The goth chanteuse has teamed with Hiss Spun drummer and longtime friend Jess Gowrie for an unhinged new project excellently named Mrs. Piss, which indulges her metal, punk, grunge, industrial and noise-rock tendencies in full force. Today (May 14th), the duo offered up the first taste of the project in the form of two grungy, sludgy songs, “Downer Surrounded by Uppers” and “Knelt.” Mrs. Piss’ debut LP, Self-Surgery, is set to drop on May 29th on Sargent House and is available for pre-order now.
“Working on this project brought Jess and I so much closer as songwriters and production partners, after reuniting as friends and bandmates,” Wolfe commented. “It was freeing and fun to channel some wild energies that I don’t typically put into my own music. We tried not to overthink the songs as we were writing them, but at the same time we did consciously put a lot into crafting them into our own weird sonic vision. This project was a chance for us to do things our own way, on our own terms, and we plan to invite more womxn musicians along for future Mrs. Piss recordings.”
Gowrie added, “To me, Mrs. Piss represents a musical chemistry cut short long ago that now gets a second chance. Creating with Chelsea has always been very liberating for me, and we both push each other to try new things: anything and everything. Both of us have grown so much as writers and musicians since our first band together [Red Host], and with the journeys we had to take separately to get there, we both have so much more to say, so much more pain and anger to express. That said, we also had a lot of fun doing it, not to mention how freeing it is to not give a fuck and to just create.”