13 Songs, 27 Minutes


About Wimps

Playing solid but stripped-down, garage-accented punk rock paired with lyrics that cast a witty but cynical eye on the travails of everyday life, the Wimps are a Seattle-based trio who began making music in 2012. Guitarist and lead vocalist Rachel Ratner was formerly a member of the Butts, and her friend, bassist and backing vocalist Matt Nyce, had played with the group Meth Teeth. They were both in a short-lived band called Ear Dumbs. When both of their groups began winding down, Ratner and Nyce decided to form a new band of their own, and recruited Portland-based drummer Dave Ramm, who had previously worked with a band called the Intelligence. In January 2013, the Wimps made their recording debut with a 12-song cassette titled Repeat, and a split EP with Pony Time followed a few months later. Another EP, Party at the Wrong Time, appeared in January 2014, and the following August brought the five-song EP Couches, originally produced as an item to sell at the Wimps' merch table on the road. The Wimps moved up in the world in July 2015 when they landed a recording deal with the respected Northwestern independent label Kill Rock Stars. The Wimps' first release for KRS, yet another EP called Super Me, arrived in August 2015, the same month that Seattle Weekly News declared them the city's best punk rock band. In November 2015, KRS released the Wimps' long-awaited debut album, Suitcase. Befitting their lyrical perspective, which reflects the lives of grownups in the real world, when not on the road Ratner is a web developer, Ramm is a speech therapist, and Nyce is a visual artist. ~ Mark Deming

Seattle, WA