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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.

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