Perfect Pussy Review The Singles

Expensive blazers and gross-out racism. Standard pop, really...
Perfect Pussy by Jake Thomas

Described as one of 2013’s “boldest new rock bands” by that there Pitchfork website, Perfect Pussy are snapping out of Syracuse, New York with a clutch of songs that hiss and spit and crackle like punk never went through the major-label mixer. 

The five-piece’s ferocious, wholly uncompromising debut EP, a cassette-only affair titled ‘I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling’, came out last year and kicked off what can only be described as a lot of buzz for the outfit. Fronted by the acid-bellied Meredith Graves, they’re a band apart – riotous amongst peers who’ve largely lost the spark that once made them fire, righteous in their lyrical sincerity and emotional frankness. Providing you can make out what Graves is saying, of course. Listen harder.

Perfect Pussy’s debut album is ‘Say Yes To Love’, released on March 18th via Captured Tracks. Previewing the LP is the streaming cut ‘Driver’ – check it out below ahead of Graves’ verdicts on this week’s batch of new-release singles.

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Cage The Elephant – ‘Come A Little Closer’

“I wish I owned blazers like the ones in this video! I associate music like this with expensive retail shops – it’s music that makes you feel like you’re in a movie in slow motion on a subway, right before you make eyes with somebody you think is a babe. The singer looks like he has a very good sense of humour, I’d like to meet him.”

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Nina Nesbitt – ‘Selfies’

“I feel like I’m an unfair judge of this, because I don’t favour music that sounds like this – but the subject matter is amazing. Since the ‘selfies are attention seeking, anti-feminist and atrocious’ article came out a few months ago (on Jezebel, here), the cultural conversation about ‘selfies’ has become extremely important. People post pictures of themselves online because they’re proud of who they are or, in many cases, because they believe in the importance of increased visibility in media that favours images of white/thin/able/conventionally attractive people (which, of course, Nina Nesbitt is, and it’s extremely important to note that). However, it’s also totally OK and safe and normal to post pictures of yourself online because you want people to say nice things about you. I should know – I do it regularly. In fact, you can post pictures of yourself online for any goddamn reason you want. But anyway – Nina Nesbitt shouldn't worry about some f*ckin’ dude. She has pizza and a lot of clothes.”

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Zedd feat. Hayley Williams – ‘Stay The Night’

“Shaun (Sutkus), our keyboard player, hates the fact that I've never heard Paramore. He loves that band. I’ve seen pictures of this woman before, and I think she looks like Jane Lane from Daria, dressed like Leeloo from The Fifth Element, with her hair cut like this. It’s seriously so nice, shaved underneath like that. The dancers are incredible, and her voice is extremely powerful. Note that this review is proof that I can see the positive side of literally anything.” 

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David E Sugar – ‘Pushing To Be First’

“This guy looks like Jools Holland in Urgh! A Music War. This video is nice because it looks like it was made for public access television. His record is coming out soon, according to the caption, and I wish him the best of luck. He seems very sincere.” 

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LOLO – ‘Gangsters’

“Video opens with slo-mo scenes of officers arresting a non-white dude. White girl says, “All that I know is that I always seem to fall in love with gangsters.” Cut to shots of aforementioned non-white dude in a flock of other non-white dudes. As if to imply some sort of cred, white soul singer is shown on stage surrounded by black female back-up singers (who look bored as shit, and who also never appear on the actual track which, at least to me, emphasises their ‘token’ status in context of the video). I made it to the scene where he almost hits her in the face before I clicked out of this out of sheer grossed-out-ness. I make a practice out of not talking shit about other people’s music, but damn. This is embarrassing, triggering, racist crap.”

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Grouplove – ‘Ways To Go’

“I needed a break after that last video and I didn’t get one. What the hell is this? I can’t even. I tried to stick it out and then I saw two beardos pretending to cry while having guns pointed at them by a firing squad. Music has officially been ruined by ignorant white people with access to drugs and instruments. Consider this my formal resignation. These people should be ashamed of themselves!”

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Photo: Jake Thomas

Find Perfect Pussy online here (probably best to just click that link, rather than get too deep into Google)

Recent Singles Columns can be read here

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