About us

The Fuss began as a solo project of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Joey Lyons; a Des Moines native; who had been writing and recording original music in a variety of capacities for several years before forming the band. In September of 2014, he independently produced and released an EP titled “One” under the name the Fuss, which was recognized by a French indie music blog, and noticed by local and regional touring bands through Joey’s BandCamp page.

After receiving offers to open for local artists in early 2015, Joey enlisted Matt Nelson to join on bass guitar to help transition the existing songs to a live format, as well as to recruit additional members. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, Joey and Matt worked to extend the lineup from a duo to a four piece, release a second EP, write and produce a full length album, and build a fan base in Des Moines, while receiving noteworthy acknowledgments from organizations such as the Des Moines Music Coalition and Iowa Music Project.

After adding Ben Waldschmitt on lead guitar and Nick Lucs on drums at the end of 2016, the band aims to build momentum in 2017 through touring and releasing the Fuss’ first full-length album.

Notable Shows and Accolades

February 3rd @ Gas Lamp with Halfloves (Iowa City) and Canby
February 4th @ Gabe’s (Iowa City) with The Evan Stock Band (Cedar Falls) and Dishwater Blonde
February 10th @ The Java House (Iowa City) for Iowa Public Radio’s Java Blend broadcast with Ben Kieffer March 10th @ The Break Room (Cedar Rapids) with In the Attic (CR) and Arias (IC)
April 14th @ DM Social Club with Dishwater Blonde and Condor and Jaybird (Quad Cities)
August 4th and 5th – Waukee Music Festival – Waukee, Iowa. With TBD


March 10 – “The Knot” included in the DMMC’s CarpeDM Music Mix Vol III

April 21st @ Vaudeville Mews with MAIDS

April 29th – Recorded “Shallow Joy (She Likes the Way)” for Iowa Music Project at Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, IA

May 7th – Food Truck Throwdown @ Des Moines Social Club with SIRES, GGOOLLDD, Peas and Carrot, and more

June – “Versed” included weekly on 106.3 Iowa Unsigned Update

July 2nd at Gas Lamp with Jess Dewitt and Co, Dishwater Blonde

July 14th @ The Basement with Digisaurus (Columbus)

September 30th @ YESS (Youth Emergency Services and Shelter) – The Fuss was asked to provide live music for YESS’ third annual Human Foosball Tourney/corporate fundraiser


August 7th – First Show – @ Lefty’s Live Music
October 31st @ Lefty’s Live Music with Holy White Hounds and Other Brothers
November 13th @ The Octopus (Cedar Falls) with Peas and Carrot and Holy White Hounds


October 14 – “Ghost” included in a compilation album by a French blog called “Life is a Minestrone” (Benzine Compilations, Paris, France).


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