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Perfect Pussy – “Say Yes To Love” – ALBUM REVIEW

Perfect Pussy “Say Yes To Love”

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Straight out of Syracuse, New York comes the blissful noise of the excellently named Perfect Pussy. Here is where noise rock, lo-fi, riot grrrl, and hardcore punk all combine in probably one of the most perfect ways that I have seen in the past few years. This band came into prominence last year with the release of their EP/cassette “I have lost all desire for feeling,” a four-track that combines the sonic lack of compromise provided by Lightning Bolt with the melody of Sonic Youth. I can’t really understand what the singer is saying, ever, but the way the band sounds is enough to keep me interested. “Say Yes To Love” is Perfect Pussy’s debut album and it truly goes above and beyond what “I have lost all desire for feeling” initially promised. Sure, Perfect Pussy is a noisy no-wave post-punk band straight out of the garage, but “Say Yes To Love” shows the group’s capacity to incorporate ambient electronics and synths into the mix, too.

For the noise purists of the world, Perfect Pussy may seem a bit derivative. Crazy band name? Check. Loud female lead vocalist? Check. Atonal guitar? Check. Short songs? Check. Sound experiments? Check. With that said, I think that Perfect Pussy goes about accomplishing these sounds in a way that puts them a step above a lot of other noise bands. The thing about this band is that they don’t really seek to terrify, it seems. They seek to energize and depict catharsis in a way that reminds me of Cloud Nothings and Japandroids. Sure, the opening track “Driver” is an all out noise assault complete with blastbeats, but then you get to a track like “Interference Fits” and you realize that this band is also capable of making some really beautiful tracks.

Now, I really would appreciate it if I could maybe understand what the singer was saying. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from many hours spent listening to punk on the noisier side of the spectrum it’s that the lyrics aren’t always what matter. Perfect Pussy is a band that dwells more in straight emotion through vocal tones and instrumental accents rather than lyrics. Though I am able to make out an f-bomb every now and then.

“Say Yes To Love” is a short album, but one that is completely satisfying as an album. It really embodies punk rock in a way that you don’t often see anymore, whether you choose to attach the word “hipster” to it or not (I’d hope not since “hipster” is a stupid word and if you use it at all then you’re stupid). I’d also like to see a bit more experimentation in the future from the band. “Say Yes To Love” shows that they have a capacity to attempt ambient music and maybe even post-rock in addition to their transcendental noise punk. But even if they don’t, I doubt I’ll ever get tired of the low fidelity howls and chord progressions.

SCORE – 8.4

FAVORITE TRACKS – Driver, Bells, Big Stars, Work, Interference Fits, Dig, Advance Upon the Real

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