Happenings /// Perfect Pussy

 1782299_674039885991965_1139455697_oIt’s early morning, and I’ve had about two sips of coffee when I turned on Perfect Pussy’s official debut album, Say Yes to Love. To be honest, it was a little too early for me to be saying ‘yes’ to anything, but the jolt of electricity at the 20-second mark of opening track “Driver” did just the trick. Who needs caffeine with a noise punk band to electroshock you right out of bed?

The Syracuse, New Yorke natives found themselves in a unique situation after calling it quits with previous similar sounding project, Shoppers. Singer Meredith Graves was sought out by director Scott Coffey to perform as a “fake punk band” in his new movie Adult World starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts that was being shot in Syracuse. Graves gathered several friends and an ex-member from Shoppers and wrote a “fake song” to perform in the movie scene, which was a packed art gallery-type party that one would casually stumble upon in Bushwick’s open studios. After the film wrapped, the group dropped the act, forming what is now fondly known as Perfect Pussy. 

Since then, the five-piece group moved as quickly as their rambunctious riotous sound performing several sets at CMJ fest and dropping a four-song demo cassette, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling. The in-your-face inaudible lyrics and overall “fuck you” attitude make Graves an undeniable frontwoman force du jour who delivers confidence rather than cockiness on Say Yes to Love. With buried vocals and heavy feedback, it’s a back and forth between wanting to know exactly what Graves is shouting and just feeling the energy from it all. But if you must know, Graves previously described songs as, “happy revelations about incendiary events,” which are undoubtably anything but trite.

Graves along with bandmates Ray McAndrew (guitar), Greg Ambler (bass), Garrett Koloski (drums) and keyboardist Shaun Sutkis have an idiosyncratic method to their madness that keeps propelling them forward. In “Driver” Graves cries, “I know nothing lasts forever / I know that hurt can go on and on / cause I eat stress and I shit blood / and buddy, I’ll tell you, it never gets better.” But Perfect Pussy does get better. Just listen to the jarring 23 minutes of Say Yes to Love and try to say you didn’t feel anything.

The chaos of their quick, but unrelenting performances led by Graves’ scream shouting visceral lyrics awakens the inner angst-y giant that makes seeing them live an unforgettable–not to mention sweaty–experience that requires no caffeine at all. 

Don’t miss Perfect Pussy alongside Waxed and Chainshot this Friday at The Stone Fox.

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Kimberly Baugh is a writer from Chicago with an old rock-n-roll soul. She can usually be found in her favorite leather motorcycle jacket perusing Nashville’s many beloved music venues, record shops and coffee joints. When she’s not busy getting acclimated to her new digs or playing shopgirl at Third Man Records, she’s indulging in fashion blogs and magazines with her extremely photogenic cat, Wolfie.

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