Performing under the Guts Club moniker, musician and visual artist Lindsey Baker self-released her solo debut album, The Arm Wrestling Tournament, in February 2015, resulting in favorable feedback from press. In a review from Tiny Mix Tapes they said “Baker carries a guitar the way Robert Frost carried a hatchet: as a tool through which tension and rage can be released,” and Paste said “The Brooklyn singer and songwriter behind Guts Club sings with piercing emotional intensity.”
She’s since moved from the northeast to New Orleans, where she recorded her second album Shit Bug, released on Moderate Fidelity Records on July 1, 2016. Baker brought along a band for Shit Bug and has since preformed with a rotating cast of musicians and friends.
While The Arm Wrestling Tournament dealt mostly with dark, obsessive love, the themes of Shit Bug further define Baker’s ongoing narrative about coming to terms with otherness and alienation via her own brand of cosmic gloom.
On March 2, 2018 RIP Records released a new single, “Mustard Tears” as part of their RIP Introduces series. The track was the first to be heard from Guts Club’s fully electric album, Trench Foot, which was self-released on July 6, 2018. Trench Foot marks a thoughtful deviation from the characteristically shaky Guts Club to one more deliberate in composition and voice. Upon going electric, Baker developed a new command and agency over her songwriting unheard in previous recordings. The album maintains Baker’s violent and dark undertones, this time with increasingly pointed observations on regret, privilege, and retribution.