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Review: Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

by Evan Miller

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Album  Review:
Artist: Perfect Pussy
Album: Say Yes To Love
Label: Captured Tracks

Throughout the soul-crushing vortex of this past winter, I found it appropriate to fall into the numbing lull of drone and ambient music. (This was mostly the doing of Daniel Lopation [aka Oneohtrix Point Never], whose latest work and shows spawned this phase). With this in mind, it is fitting that in reacquainting myself with sunlight, I’ve gravitated toward the debut full-length LP from Syracuse noise-punks Perfect Pussy.

The band exploded onto the scene with their demo tape I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling (my #1 EP of 2013), and have since garnered the attention of Pitchfork, and even NPR (remarkable considering the band’s name), with their searing, dense punk. Vocalist Meredith Graves comes from a history of distorting and obscuring her vocals with her previous band Shoppers—the practice does not stop here. While the vocals on their first EP were virtually indecipherable, the ones here are a bit more discernible (but only marginally). Which isn’t to say this is a bad thing at all, as it adds to the brilliant energy this band possesses. Graves’ anthemic lyrics are strewn throughout the record by her unique yell—touching on feminist political topics just as much as confessionals. They alone are almost more intense than the whole record’s constant sonic bombardment. The band is also highly augmented by their keyboard player, who not only plays synth but is also the source of the band’s wall of noise. Squeals of feedback from Graves’ mic amp are also frequent.

As noted by lead single “Driver”, the band is still in full force on this record, as well as moving out of the range of lo-fi recording. The 23-minute album relentlessly rages and pummels forth until around halfway through the penultimate track “Advance Upon The Real”, where the album ends on a long expanse of feedback, noise and spoken word. While personally I’d have preferred the album to end on something a little more driving, as this ending seems somewhat out of place in the big picture, it still works. Overall, this album is one of the loudest I’ve laid upon my ears in a while, and one of my favorite punk albums of the year so far. For a band that formed simply for a performance in a film, a promising future seems clear.

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