August 20, 2013

Demo: Poxy - Pucker Power

Poxy’s new demo is twisting my hormones around 
every which way and there’s nothing I can do about it

Urban Dictionary defines the word poxy as “crappy, stupid and dumb”, and if you ask me, that is a pretty deadbeat, inaccurate way to show off the band that goes by the same name. Fortunately for them, the Burlington bratpunks have wolfed that definition right down and hurled it back up at anyone that labels them with this depiction.

Poxy are a three-piece based in Vermont and are made up of two girls – Emma on guitar and vocals, Olivia on bass – with the added bonus of one guy that happens to go by the secret Internet persona, “GU3”, who drums. The three of them have put together a new demo, Pucker Power, which is four tracks long, fast paced, and has recently become the soundtrack to my ups and downs when it comes to my rapidly shifting teenage hormones. The entirety of the demo makes me picture what a door-slamming sixteen-year-old girl would sound like if she led a band dedicated to The Germs and Reagan Youth. Emma’s voice rings out over grimy guitar in each track, her words falling out in such quick bursts that it’s pretty difficult to catch what she’s singing about at all most of the time. But, if you’re lucky you might catch onto a few quick snippets every now and then, and the ones that I caught in-between rushes were brilliant, and riddled with my feelings as a high schooler: “Give me a kiss with a cherry on top / Saturday nights and teenage blues.”

My personal favourite of Pucker Power is the trio’s harsh take on "Earth Angel" by The Penguins, which starts off sounding like Emma’s simple lo-fi rendition of the track, only to completely shift within the first few lines where it rapidly picks up a nerve, the ‘80s punk influence of the demo coming out of nowhere and shining through again as if Circle Jerks have knocked on Emma’s bedroom door and she’s waved them in without hesitance. Try pressing play on each version of the ‘50s classic at the same time, and let me which one you like best. I’m rooting for Poxy, because I’m definitely on their team now: Pucker Power has won me over, and it will reel you in soon enough, too.


Listen to Poxy on bandcamp.

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog.