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Albums of 2014 #11: Perfect Pussy: Say Yes To Love


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On Say Yes To Love, the debut album from Syracuse noise-punks Perfect Pussy, Meredith Graves was a magnetic presence, a tightly-wound ticking time bomb delivering her vocals in a forceful but melodic sing-speak-shout style pitched somewhere between Riot Grrrl and Rollins, and whilst layers of distortion and scuzzy, in-the-red production rendered most of the lyrics pretty much unintelligible the 26 year old was nonetheless about as easy to ignore as a cop with a megaphone and an armed response unit behind him commanding you to get on your knees or be shot. Making a similarly fearsome racket, the rest of the band provided Graves with a brick wall of sound on which to bloody her knuckles, guitars and synth wailing like air raid sirens, sheets of fuzzy brown noise billowing violently as the rhythm section drove them all headlong through a wind tunnel of precision-tooled stop-start math-rock dynamics. Say Yes To Love was musique concrete by way of Fugazi and At The Drive-In, hardcore with a hint of Hawkwind, a mixture of blunt, blown-out brutality and heart-swelling major-chord melody, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Even if it was delivered too fast and too loud to discern the exact wording, the gist of the message was clear: this was inspired, inspiring music borne from grabbing the moment, from pulling positives out of negative situations, from reaching the conclusion that we should take every opportunity to make ourselves and those we love happy. The old guard can rest easy: there are new keepers of the punk rock flame, and they have pockets stuffed with firebombs.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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