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March 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Noise-punk provocateurs imperfect on purpose | Concert preview

Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy: Greg Ambler, Garrett Koloski, Meredith Graves, Ray McAndrew, Shaun Sutkus. Photo by Drew Reynolds.

“We recorded a demo, threw it up online and forgot about it. Then, out of the blue, some music media outlets heard it and passed it around. Within days, it was all over the Internet after sitting quietly by itself for months. Things started to get very real.”

Meredith Graves, lead singer for Syracuse, New York’s Perfect Pussy, isn’t kidding.

Listening to the 26-year-old talk about her noisenik quintet’s surprise 2013 hit “I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling,” it’s hard to recall another band, especially one so brazenly non-commercial, enjoying this kind of meteoric rise — much less from a lo-fi cassette EP recorded on a lark.

It’s not just an underground phenomenon, either. Decidedly un-punk publications like Rolling Stone and The New York Times have spilled ink on the group. They’re currently touring behind their debut full-length, “Say Yes to Love” (Soundposts review here), and headline The Vera Project Monday — their first Seattle show. They’ve been together less than a year.


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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.


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November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

For Portland’s Tragedy, crust never sleeps | Concert preview


Tragedy plays The Highline Saturday. Photographer unknown.

If Portland is the Northwest’s crust-punk capital, consider Tragedy the mayors.

Unwashed and uncompromising, the group — which plays Seattle’s Highline Bar Saturday — has spent the last decade-plus decrying social, political and environmental ills to a backdrop of militaristic rhythms and supremely dirty guitars.

Though the sun never shines in Tragedy’s Rose City, seasonal gloom has never affected the band’s work ethic.


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October 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Concept-rocking Canucks F—ed Up unprintable, unstoppable | Concert preview

F---ed Up

Toronto six-piece F—ed Up performs live at Seattle’s El Corazon club Thursday. Photo by Daniel Boud.

Between their editor-taunting name, sprawling songs and gruff, hulking frontman, Damien Abraham, Toronto’s F—ed Up seem unlikely candidates for commercial success.

Yet in 2011, the co-ed sextet, which plays El Corazon Thursday, scored a left-field chart hit (No. 83 on the Billboard 200) with “David Comes to Life,” a four-sided concept album described as a misfit love story set amidst the political turmoil of early-1980s industrial Britain.


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