NXNE Review: Perfect Pussy, Horseshoe, June 20

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Despite the fact that I am clearly not a person who listens to hardcore music, I have now seen Perfect Pussy twice. It goes to show just how much the Syracuse group has reached out of their musical sub-genre into the mainstream indie landscape in the past six months.

Perfect Pussy’s set at the Horseshoe was memorable, and that’s probably the only good thing I have to say about it. The band started off with frenetic energy with blistering guitars and drums surrounded highlighted by Meredith Graves passionate and active delivery. I have no idea what she is saying, but having seen them in March, I already knew that would be the case. For all I know, her lyrics are probably “ARRRGHH AWWWW PEW PEW PEW BOOOM BLEEA BLAH BLAH WHOOOP YARRRRG”. My friend says she prefers that her vocals be drawn out by the music, to which I say, why bother writing lyrics at all. It all seemed like loud, undecipherable noise to me.

About ten minutes in, things started going awry. The bassist’s amp failed and with seemingly no help in sight, the dude decided that the best form of protest would be to snap his bass in half over his knee in a bane/batman style of move and storm off stage.

You know, I’m a software developer and when I have code that doesn’t work, I don’t pick up my computer and throw it through a window. Musicians are so weird.

Anyways, after that, the band decided to stage a protest of some sort by just playing feedback or something while Graves dropped down to her knees and did whatever it was she was doing. After a few minutes, the Horseshoe staff had enough and ushered them off the stage.

It would seem amusing to most people, but this sort of thing also happened in March at SXSW so either this band has really bad sound guys setting up their equipment or this is just part of their gimmick. I might sound old, but if this whole thing wasn’t some sort of art piece, then Perfect Pussy seems like a very immature band with temper issues that can’t deal with non ideal situations. It leads to some memorable shows but I can’t see this lasting.

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