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Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love

by Jim Harris Rating:5 Release Date:2014-03-18

Perfect Pussy is the name of this art-punk band, hailing clean-shaven and cropped, from Syracuse, New York, with six songs of nicely rendered hardcore punk and two artful extravagances of noise and spoken word. PP (I like their acronym almost as much as their name…) have expanded on their first EP with well-structured, if fairly stock, spit-in-your-face sonic-waves of punk-metal riffs which work very hard to drown out the lead singer’s dully inflected voice and cryptically revealing lyrics. There again, fairly stock.

The lead singer of PP, Meredith Graves, has done a nice job of selling the PP story. Glamour magazine interviewed her on what’s in her make-up bag. Spin and Pitchfork clearly have a hard-on for her, talking about how she writes songs in coffee shops with the band, and visits art museums for inspiration, but ultimately I’m not entirely sold on the commodity here. 

It’s nicely packaged but when you open the box (or in Perfect Pussy’s case, pull down the panties), there is barely 12 minutes of fairly typical punk-metal riffing on this LP, and then you add in a particularly inane nine minutes of the synth-player poking through insipid electronic forays. There isn’t much here. (I’ll say the same thing I said about Wilco’s broken egg album of 20 minutes of music and 15 minutes of a static drone…Run out of songs, darling?)

The best track is ‘Driver’ and, while it accentuates the positives of PP (nice metal riff, snarly if too muted vocals), the next three tracks don’t up the punk-metal bar much. The potential of the band, if they can come up with more than 12 minutes of music, is in the track, ‘Interference Fits'. Meredith dropped The Replacements reference (how absolutely hip, eh?), and this track does have somewhat of a Let It Be, melodic, outtake quality to it, if Paul had been called in drunk to the studio and his evil screaming hoarse sister showed up to sing vocals. 

And since when did self-absorbed lyrics suddenly get labeled tragically honest? From the journals of 14-year-old Catholic school girls? Sniff…"My best friend gave my ex-boyfriend a blowjob on the same day we broke up"… Wa, wa, wa… Gosh, Meredith, did you skip college and go straight to being an artiste?

Ultimately though, if you are searching for the perfect pussy you’ll come up just as short with this band as you will in real life. (Lean close, dear reader, the only perfect pussy is the one you have available to you at any particular point in time.)

Still, if the live shows are as brilliant as reported, this band may eventually catch up to the hype. But this EP masquerading as an LP, isn’t the place to start. 

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