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Rules Are For Fools“If you’re doing it right, there’s going to be chaos,” says guitarist Jess Wilton, on her approach to playing live in the incendiary punk rock duo, Nostrildamus. Jess is joined by longtime bandmate Beth Cullen, where they’ve been playing together since their early days of playing in the crushing punk band, the Yuckies. The Yuckies toured extensively up and down the east coast promoting their CD, The Dirty Bird. As the guitar player announced her decision to leave the band in 2009, Beth and Jess realized there was far too much chemistry between them to break it off, so they kept playing together, bouncing musical ideas off each other, and honing their musical chops in preparation for the aggression to come. Beth moved over to guitar, and they brought in a new bass player, starting the band Musk Assault in 2011. Musk Assault went on to assault the ears of their audience with loud, boisterous, yet beautifully melodic punk rock music.
On September 1, 2012, Musk Assault had decided it was time to go on indefinite hiatus. Beth and Jess still rejected the idea of not playing together. They took the name Nostrildamus, after the name the famous French Apothecary/Future seer was called in high school, due to his large nose. The name drove Nostrildamus crazy, mostly due to the fact his nose was of an average size. But kids are mean and don’t make sense.
Nostrildamus took a more economical approach to the lineup, keeping the prime ingredients of the last two bands, Beth and Jess. Nostrildamus is the pure essence of the last two bands, taking the last five years of live playing and songwriting to make a tight set that will leave you wanting more. It’s all business with these ladies, as they come out swinging, and keep the energy going strong through to the last song, and even a little bit into the next band’s time. They can be seen at all the Minneapolis hotspots, rocking venues such as Cause, Triple Rock Social Club and even out of town rocking St. Cloud at the Keller Bar.
Where Nostrildamus has been is not nearly as important as where they are going. While they are sharpening their songs out in the Minneapolis streets, they will be going into the recording studio to release the first Nostrildamus CD, engineered by Minnesota golden ear, Justin Malzahn. Malzahn is very familiar with Jess and Beth as he also engineered the Yuckies’ Dirty Bird CD. The CD will be released early 2014, complete with an east coast tour to support it. If you have the chance to check out this band, and punk rock is what floats your boat, this is a fantastic band. Check them out!