Perfect Pussy

The Syracuse band Perfect Pussy is in the process of getting famous, and they’re doing it for three big reasons: (1) the name, (2) the reportedly-nuts live show, and (3) the ability to crank out short and rickety punk-rock tantrums. They’re capable of more, though, and “Interference Fits,” which follows “Driver” as the second song we’ve yet heard from their forthcoming album Say Yes To Love, is evidence to that effect. The song is three and a half minutes long — “Stairway To Heaven,” by their standards — and its warm, glowing, feedbacky dynamics recall peak-era Sonic Youth. Listen to it below.

Say Yes To Love is out 3/18 on Captured Tracks. And Perfect Pussy, it bears mentioning, will play Stereogum’s SXSW Day Party.

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  1. The name of the song is listed as ‘Interference Fits’ on the NPR website.

  2. I’m really trying to dispel my bad first impression of this band, but I simply can’t, and I was initially hopeful when I heard the beginning of the song. But is that seriously the best vocal take they could commit to recording? Even for something so blatantly lo-fi it just doesn’t gel. It sounds like a mediocre Guided By Voices homage, and that’s probably an unintentional achievement on their end.

    This might get downvoted or attract “ur a hater”-esque comments but whatever. You could go to any decent sized town anywhere in the world and find dozens of superior unsigned and unknown bands without a problem.

    To each their own I guess, and no ill will toward the band in their success. Kudos to any sincere fans of them. But there are rare “acclaimed” bands that simply confound me to the point where I can’t resort to apathy (i.e. not commenting something negative) and this is one of them.

    • The thing is, Meredith Graves has spoken to not wanting her vocals to be loud and clear, as to overtake the track. She wants them to meld with the rest of the track. Those buried vocals are what allow the sudden burst of clarity at the song’s center with the line “since when do we say yes to love?” that much powerful. I think part of what makes Perfect Pussy so great is the capacity to detect the emotions contained within the songs, in spite of & thanks to the chaos that swarms around them. Plus, tell me how it is not awesome when the song explodes during the second half and the vocals are crashing into each other.

      • The thing is they don’t meld at all. Her voice is floats on top of the mix, it’s just distorted to all hell, so much so that the “since when do we say yes to love?” isn’t that much clearer. The song recalls Sonic Youth, and that’s really my point. This isn’t awesome. It’s mediocre and redundant. This has been done before and done much better over and over again. There’s just not much there to back your argument. Whatever lyrical credit is to be had is sabotaged by sub-par production (not because it’s lo-fi, but because it’s half-assed) and mediocre song structures. And the band seems to make it up with a lot of overwrought contextualization in their PR and nonsense like a “controversial name” and “blood infused” vinyl.

        I appreciate the response and analysis though, you did a good job dissecting the song. It’s cool you’re a fan, but the lobbying coupled with repeated listens isn’t going to convince me. Sincere thanks for the effort though.

  3. Have not really liked much of what I heard of this band so far but I quite like this track. Sounds like vocals were sent to an amp and then mic’d. The little bursts of feedback that come back in between words almost feels like a counterpoint melody. Really cool little bit of not-giving-a-f*ck-producing.

  4. I hate to be captain obvious here, but the main reason they’re getting famous is their name mixed with the fact that they have a total babe for a lead singer. They are not getting famous because their music is original or even good. It’s fine for them to get famous for non-musical reasons (nothing new) and I’m not faulting the girl for being attractive, but be real.

    • Do you think Pussy Riot is only famous because of their name and looks too?

      • No. They are famous because they have spawned a vast international human rights/freedom discussion. Their unjust arrest and public outcry on a global level is what made them famous. This is not even anywhere close to the same thing, despite their name having one word in common. PP is just trying to be provocative with their name, and no one would be paying them nearly as much attention if it was just 4 greasy 23 year old dudes writing lo-fi punk instead of 3 dudes and a good looking girl with tats and short hair writing lo-fi punk.

    • I’ve been listening to their debut LP a lot lately, and just now found out what their lead singer looks like. It’s extremely sexist and offensive to say they are only getting recognition because of an attractive female lead singer.

  5. But the actual music here is what matters, right? Not the attractiveness of the singer or the name? You all have a right to your opinion that their sound is similar to other bands both in the past and the present, but ultimately what matters is *how* they perform and *how* it makes you feel. I happen to feel that the way Meredith’s voice is mixed works just as David Glickman says above, it matches the emotion of the music. To justabrobro’s point, I don’t know if it’s fair to assume that Perfect Pussy’s name and singer are what’s giving them attention; their passion reminds me a lot of Japandroids, which I also love, and who have an incredibly boring name and are all male. I can’t speak for anyone else, but these guys make music that works for me.

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