Follow us:

Soundposts

A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

March 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

New York punks’ debut no tension, all release | New recordings

Perfect PussyPerfect Pussy, ‘Say Yes to Love’ (Captured Tracks)

Syracuse, New York’s Perfect Pussy works up an anarchic racket on its first album, “Say Yes to Love,” capitalizing — if not necessarily expanding — on last year’s “I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling,” a noisy, no-fi demo tape that received unexpected acclaim.

The band signed to Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks label for “Say Yes,” out Tuesday, but not much else has changed. Picking up where the cassette left off, frontwoman Meredith Graves leads the charge for eight more bombed-out hardcore punk catharses.

The rollicking “Driver” (listen), mathematical “Big Stars,” jagged “Interference Fits” (listen) and spastic “Advance Upon the Real” are all standouts.

Hardcore’s brevity has always been at odds with the LP format, however, and the group’s avant-garde side feels underdeveloped. Its choice to include four minutes of muffled static between the final two tracks certainly tries listeners’ patience.

Because they’re young — having existed less than a year — it’s still unclear whether Perfect Pussy is lightning in a bottle or something sustainable. Their defiant name and sound isn’t going to please everyone.

That said, as visceral, passionate punk goes, they’ve got you covered.

Stream the whole album here.

Note: Perfect Pussy plays The Vera Project Monday. Click for Soundposts preview.

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, hardcore, noise


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►