American Wrestlers is the project of an unidentified Scotsman now living in Missouri. As the story goes, the musician in question grew up in Glasgow and later moved to Manchester, where he met his future wife and eventually followed her stateside to get married. Here in the US, he started recording on a Tascam 8-track with pawn shop instruments, and American Wrestlers was born. Now the band has signed to Fat Possum and will release debut single “I Can Do No Wrong” early next year. The song is masterful and difficult to define: translucent lo-fi new wave laced with rustic strums and jazzy flourishes, sung with a gentle falsetto akin to Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor but with additional whimsy. Listen below.
American Wrestlers embark upon their first North American tour this weekend:
11/22 Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s
11/23 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
11/25 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
11/26 Boston, MA @ Middle East
11/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
11/29 New York, NY @ Pianos
11/30 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
12/02 Louisville, KY @ The New Haven
12/03 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
12/04 Rock Island, IL @ Communion Club/Daytrotter
“I Can Do No Wrong” is out 1/26 in the UK and 1/27 in the US on Fat Possum.