Perfect Pussy Takes the Floor at First Unitarian Church

Syracuse punk five-piece band Perfect Pussy took the floor at First Unitarian Church this past Friday 4/25, with support from YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITANGreen Dreams, and +HIRS+. They actually didn’t have the normal set up of the church, for some reason they moved the bands right down onto the floor in front of the stage. The result was a house-style show that got more physical with each performance.

One of Philly’s loudest bands opened the night, two piece hardcore band +HIRS+ thrashed about on stage with a simple set up of vocals, guitars, pre-recorded drums, and strange samples. It was a short ten minute set (like their one hundred song, forty minute album), and it demanded the attention of the crowd that had gathered so far. Green Dreams played next, playing a lively mix of punk and grunge, with intertwined girl and guy vocals. Definitely a cool band that I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future, listen to one of their songs hereYamantaka // Sonic Titan‘s set drew a good crowd, the Canadian band’s experimental sound of metal, pop, and industrial has obviously gotten the attention of a good amount of Philadelphians. Their sound is marked by a blend chanting vocals and a wall of guitar and keyboard, and their live show by painted faces and dramatic lighting. Give them a listen on bandcamp if you’re looking for some new progressive rock.

The church got packed once it was time for Perfect Pussy to take the stage, vocalist Meredith Graves politely made her way through the crowd before screaming her head off for the next outrageous fifteen minutes. The crowd pushed and pulled, as Perfect Pussy blared a mix of noise and hardcore punk riffs. It was one of the most compact expression of fervor I have seen from a band, all the members moved as intensely as their music did. Graves especially showed her joy of being in the fleeting moment, smiling frequently and throwing her hands up in the air as she shouted into the mic and at the fans. Check out a slideshow of photos below to see how out of control their set got. Read our review of Perfect Pussy’s debut full length here, and listen below.

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