Performed May 17, 2013 at The Middle East, Kansas City, MO

Marquee Board, Photo By Sadie Pike

Marquee Board, Photo By Sadie Pike

Wett Nurse, Photo By Andrew Erdrich

Wett Nurse, Photo By Andrew Erdrich























Despite a population of only 20,000 citizens, Marquett is the biggest city in the Upper Penninsula (U.P.) of Michigan. It also boasts the large, 10,000 student Northern Michigan University, whose football team plays their home games in the world’s largest wooden dome, the Superior Dome. Hooray Wildcats. Marquett is also the hometown of Wett Nurse, a concise, lo-fi, psych band. Upon their 2010 inception the band consisted of Anastasia Vlasta Greer and Matt Lynch, but have since expanded to around 4 or, at times, 5 members. When they last visited KC a few weeks ago Greer (keys) and Lynch (guitar) were there along side Matt Bullock (bass) and Nick Erickson (drums). Nick was also sharing duties as the drummer of the other Marquett area band on tour, Sycamore Smith and The Gray Beast. The night was opened by Sneaky Creeps and closed by Stiff Knight and the Hard Ensemble, both KC locals. Somewhere in the mix fellow KC friends Wayne Pain and The Shit Stains played.

Wett Nurse’s set was less than half an hour but they still managed to play a dozen songs, break a string or two, and throw in a cover of The Sonics’ tune The Witch. They also managed to maintain their momentum from song to song despite a few restarts which may bother some and seem like a sign of amateurism, but I personally don’t go to basement shows to hear music recitals. These guys are definitely garage rockers which means you can’t hear the vocals for shit, but a good number of their songs don’t have vocals anyway (or I just couldn’t tell). The crowd was a little small, but perhaps we can chalk that up to collective laziness in promotion/venue accessibility. I know I personally didn’t hang any flyers. At some point there were actually about 20 people, but 4 or 5 left after a man showed up to the adjoining house with a gunshot wound he received a couple blocks away. Even though he was only looking to use a phone to call for some help the whole event still spooked a good number people away. Maybe this is why it’s hard to get a good, consistent draw to The Middle East. Wett Nurse played on, oblivious to the events next door, with catchy keyboard hooks and driving guitar a plenty. They were followed by compatriots Sycamore Smith and The Gray Beast who played a solid set of anti-folk, electro-acoustic, singer/songwriter songs. Sycamore Smith… is returning with some other Michigan friends in August, which means KC has another chance to show some hospitality, and I’ll be writing about another Marquett band in the foreseeable future.


Listen to Wett Nurse’s set now with the embed below (27:48)

Listen to Wett Nurse’s set later with tracks already separated with the mediafire download below

Track List For Wett Nurse

1. Man Beast

2. Unknown 1 (1:35)

3. SPOOK IT (4:16)

4. Ride My Rootbeer Barrel (7:44)

5.  Bring Me Your Satans (9:22)

6. Unknown 2 (11:44)

7. Summer Cummers (14:02)

8. Unknown 3 (16:20)

9. The Witch (18:19, The Sonics cover)

10. Throne Of Bones (21:06)

11. Wett Dreams (22:47)

12 Imperial Reaction (25:07)

For More Wett Nurse go to their website:

This recording was posted with permission from the very wonderfully pleasant people of Wett Nurse. Cheers!

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