Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love

Released 17, 2014

By Brendan Tuytel

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If a gun harnesses an explosion, pinpointing it onto a single target, then music must be a similar vessel for noise. While some choose the accuracy of a rifle, some bands like Perfect Pussy indulge in chaos, choosing a shotgun instead. This band is the result of pop and punk forgetting to take the morning after pill; self-loathing, unforgiving, brutal, yet cheery, Say Yes to Love is reminiscent of the crying clown: A dichotomy of emotions. Each fierce, piercing chord or screech of feedback hides lyrics about insecurity, depression, guilt, and love. It is in this way that Perfect Pussy makes punk music very human. It takes these vulnerabilities and then covers them up with anger. Lead singer Meredith Graves doesn't shy away from taboo subjects, with lyrics often reading like diary entries breaking down the best and worst intimate details of her life. The result of this union is a true gem that could be overlooked because of its raw sound.

Truth be told, the album can be tiring. For an album with only 8 tracks topping out at 23 minutes, that's problematic. Similar ideas pop up in multiple songs and listeners may get a sense of déjà vu halfway through, something that can only be overlooked if you really get into the flow of the album. Interference Fits is one of the best songs I've heard this year, but few listeners may actually make it through to this track. Another issue is that few tracks are available to fill cracks, resulting in 8 tracks yelling at your from 8 different places leaving you confused where to look. Harmonies can get muddied, and it feels like the artistry gets overrun by the idea. Though it rarely hindered my enjoyment, it's something that could easily ruin the album for someone else.

Regardless, this is the soundtrack to a black eye and broken teeth. To expect anything less of the album is to damn it by your own expectations. Say Yes to Love is like a cat arching its back to seem bigger. By being methodical and accentuating every minute the album by no means leave anything to be desired. In the end, many will stare perplexed at this piece of punk perfection, but some will look at the layers, the tone, and the subjects and take in the chaotic interpretation of the chaos itself: Life.

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