September 24, 2013

EP: Perfect Pussy - I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

Perfect Pussy dishes out sacred songs.

Last weekend, I went to go see Perfect Pussy at a nearby college. Unfortunately, I overestimated the amount of time the opening bands would play (teen punks play fast, duh), and I only caught the tail end of the set. In a dark, underground venue, sweaty bodies slammed against each other, kids were quickly pulled off the floor before they were trampled, and afterwards, everyone begged the band to play more. I left the concert feeling pissed off at boys, gas money, and the fact that I couldn't play my new Perfect Pussy cassette in my car. It was the perfect mood to listen to Perfect Pussy. I had really lost all desire for feeling

Perfect Pussy is formed from ex-Syracuse bands Shoppers and SSWAMPZZ. Their live tape, I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling, is absolutely furious and oozes noise and rage. Although the demo is a recording of a show, the sound is surprisingly clear. The instruments and vocals battle for control, and Perfect Pussy is constantly on the verge of boiling over into total chaos. "I" begins with a catchy guitar riff, but then quickly transforms into crashing disorder. "II" is tumultuous, the vocals and guitars twist into warped and warbling reverb. "III" is pummeling, but offers a slight break during the transition into "IV.""IV" sounds like the release of a ton of bottled up aggression, in an almost cathartic way. Finally, at the end of the tape, the self-deprecating, frustrated vocals win temporary control over the instruments. Singer (shouter?) Meredith Graves' "Ha ha ha, I deserve to be hurt like that, ha ha ha it's so funny isn't it?" is so crazed and mocking, and makes the song sound even more unhinged. The song takes a quick instrumental break before returning with a greater intensity (which I didn't think was possible), and concluding with a triumphant "fuck you" before dissolving into a fuzzy, indecipherable haze.

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Written By: Quinn Moreland