Tim Wilsbach and the Wuss Rock Renegades
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Tim Wilsbach and the Wuss Rock Renegades

Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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Please. Quiet. Recording (with Paging Raymond)
Bridges Left to Burn (with Paging Raymond)
Beautiful Baby Elephant (with Peal)



In a cluttered, bare concrete & painted cinder block basement in Broadripple Tim Wilsbach is connecting cables and adjusting levels on an old Digi 001 Pro Tools system. Surrounded by blankets hanging from the ceiling he continues adjusting and periodically strumming an acoustic guitar that has been played so much that the wood underneath the sound hole has worn thin and broken open creating a second, auxiliary hole. It reminds this writer of Willie Nelson's old worn Martin "Trigger" thoroughly used and wearing its' scars like a badge. When I mention this to Tim, he remembers his Dad singing and playing along to Willie Nelson songs as one of his earliest & fondest musical memories but quickly and humbly shrugs off any comparison of his music to Willie's and adds that maybe a closer comparison would be Sister Hazel's singer/songwriter Ken Block, whose own road-weary acoustic guitar sports a similar look.

As Tim takes me on an audio tour of the nearly 100 songs he's created and recorded in this space in the past two years it seems that those two artists are conveniently accurate bookends that define their sound. Unashamed and polished pop productions with layers of shimmering vocal harmonies on one end, equally bold, deep, and richly crafted songs presented simple and clean on the other.

Tim has been writing, recording and performing for over ten years. First with his alt-country band Paging Raymond releasing two independent CDs, then after PR split, he released a third with his rock band Peal. Both bands relentlessly toured the middle of the country and enjoyed some college-radio airplay. Peal got a larger amount of exposure and recognition as a Paste Magazine Recommends selection and had a track included on a large, nationally distributed AAA-radio organization's retail compilation-CD.

The newest batch of songs Tim is auditioning for me today is a departure from both bands' sound but are still inherently identifiable as his. Paging Raymond, Peal and this newest iteration of Tim's body of work are born from that well-worn acoustic guitar and a clever lyric. Whether the song that eventually emerges remains simple, like an acoustic and a vocal or ventures miles beyond that formula with sequenced drum loops, keys and layered electric guitars one thing is clear; like that well-worn acoustic guitar Tim Wilsbach has been around for awhile, quietly developing his songwriting craft.