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Say yes to love: Perfect Pussy heads to Gabe’s this Thursday


Perfect Pussy
Based out of Syracuse, New York, Perfect Pussy is known for its wild live shows.

Perfect Pussy w/ Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Green Dreams, Younger

Gabe’s — Thursday, May 8 at 10 p.m. ($8-$10, 19+)

Let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the band’s name is Perfect Pussy. Yes, it is a questionable name and one that shocks. And, while it suggests ideas of cock rock and gross misogyny, it is misleading. Led by Meredith Graves, the music of Perfect Pussy is confident, aggressive and positive, which is evident in the band’s debut album Say Yes to Love.

Released in March, Say Yes to Love is a collision of post-punk style, feedback and noise aesthetics that is all held together by the visceral wail of Graves, whose lyrics cover a range of topics like death, dating and self-esteem. The voice of the band and its position towards the world is clear and demonstrated by the riot-grrrl mentality that is ever-present in these lyrics.

Say Yes to Love grabs the listener by the sensitive bits and does not let go; it is one of the strongest, most established debuts that I’ve heard from a band in a while. The band’s sound fits in with the new wave of aggressive, feedback-driven punk bands like METZ and Iceage, making Gabe’s the perfect place to see Perfect Pussy.


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