Album Review: Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy is a five-piece punk band based out of Syracuse, and their first full length album Say Yes to Love comes together in a way that is totally chaotic and distorted, but has a continuous, solid, driving force behind it. Frontwoman Meredith Graves bashes about with her raspy, high-pitched voice on top of the already screeching-feedback guitar and loud, bizarre keyboard lines. Listening to Say Yes to Love requires an appreciation for a band that goes all-out, and a likeness for some experimental hardcore.

Driver” is a kick-start song and the first on the album. Graves’ voice hums over a fast beat, buzzing keyboard, and breakneck guitar riffs. Her manic delivery of god-knows-what is matched by the utter destructive power of full walls of sound that come pounding out of every instrument. The guitar and bass play some heavy grooves amidst otherwise quickly paced verses, and the drums keep it all together, controlling the tempo and throwing in innovative fills. The songs change before you know it, and this 23 minute album is meant to be listened to from front to back. “Bells” is explosive and grand at times, and “Big Stars” would be a straight punk number, but the crazy and unique keyboard lines making it anything but. “Interference Fits” slows down a bit, but Graves screams out “and it was amazing / and I almost cried!” over layers of feedback, keyboard, and guitar. While slower in pace, this track still builds and gets heavy towards the end, and its definitely a standout. “Dig” and “Advance Upon the Real” contain the last scorching sections of the album, where the band spares no second on silence. They’re both quick and loud, and the latter ends with a few minutes of ambience before “VII” simply attacks with electronic noises, distortion, and some eerie spoken word.

Say Yes to Love is a raw and unique take in a genre that lives by certain rules. Perfect Pussy has no fear of adding electronic keyboard and nonsensical-yet-attractive vocals over already hardcore instrumentals. They take their style and effort to the breaking point, and its amazing to hear the work that went into this album. Pitchfork’s Lindsay Zoladz made a good point when she wrote “…an irony that we’re just starting to understand as a culture is that, for women in particular, the first word in Perfect Pussy’s name is much more obscene than the second.”

Perfect Pussy is playing at First Unitarian Church on April 25th with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITANGreen Dreams, and local hardcore band +HIRS+. Tickets are $10, get them here. Until then, I highly recommend checking out this video of them playing at NPR’s SXSW showcase.

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