Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

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If you like this band and want to see them live, follow these three steps:

1. Head over to whatever website has a list of who’s playing what and where in your city of bands and venues that aren’t big enough to be found on ticketmaster. If you’re from Toronto, that means rotate.com

2. Scroll through until you find the cheapest price of a ticket for a band that no one’s heard of playing at a bar that no one’s heard of. If you’re from Toronto, that probably means Wrongbar, which reeks of hipster from the name alone. 

3. Go watch said band at said location. Congratulations! You’ve just seen any of the hundreds of bands that sound exactly like Perfect Pussy but they didn’t get internet-famous because they didn’t have a stoopid name and they didn’t have stoopid politics (which you can’t even decode without a lyric sheet). 

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That’s basically it. 23 minutes isn’t a long time, but it feels a lot longer when the first 6 songs sound the same and the last two songs – totalling 9 minutes – is directionless noise that’s here to pad out what would have been an EP into an almost-but-not-really acceptable runtime for an album. I’ve already surpassed my daily quota of the number of fucks that I’m allowed to give out with this review, but the critics’ reviews of this album is as puzzling as their positive scores. From Pitchfork’s Lindsay Zoladz’s review, “we’re just starting to understand as a culture is that, for women in particular, the first word in Perfect Pussy’s name is much more obscene than the second.” Nope, but thanks for playing. Elsewhere, tinymixtapes’ Simon Chandler finds time to namedrop Kate Bush as an influence. Nope, but thanks for playing.

If these guys are Sonic Youth, they’re the worst incarnation of Sonic Youth, circa 1982-1983: back when Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon shouted nihilistic nothings incoherently over really boring guitar sludge. Except Sonic Youth from 1982 had a better drummer and Sonic Youth from 1983 had some good tunes like “Shaking Hell” and “Kill Yr. Idols.” In other words, they’re not Sonic Youth, but thanks for playing. 

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