Perfect Pussy – “Interference Fits”

Perfect Pussy - "Interference Fits"

Perfect Pussy – “Interference Fits”

Syracuse noise-punks Perfect Pussy seemingly emerged out of nowhere in the fall of 2013 with a great demo (I have lost all desire for feeling) that featured an utterly amazing track (“I”) which perfectly encapsulated what made this band so interesting. Sure, the distortion and two-minute rushes of adrenaline easily connected them to their mosh-pit roots, but it was a noticeable penchant for melody coupled with candid and outspoken lyrics which secured this band as one to keep your eyes on.

Fast-forward to the start of 2014, and Perfect Pussy are preparing their full-length debut Say Yes to Love. After releasing debut track “Driver,” the band has followed up with “Interference Fits,” offering yet another glimpse at their growth from four-track obscurity to full length following.

Whereas “Driver” showed that the band was not yet ready to throw aside their pounding roots, “Interference” shows the band stepping towards a more coherent sound. While still maintaining the core the band is known for, each instrument plays a greater individual role to complement the song as a whole. Meredith Graves, while still sounding like she’s singing through a wall of feedback, has never sounded like more of a front woman than she does here. Guitarist Ray McAndrew and bassist Greg Ambler provide a relatively clean backdrop to highlight Graves’ delivery. Even drummer Garrett Koloski compliments a consistent rhythm with the rough jangle of tambourine.

The closing minute brings with it the pressing hum of feedback which highlighted part of the band’s older material, particularly “III” from their debut release. While it would have been great to hear the song press on, if even for one more verse, it is a fitting end to a Perfect Pussy song. Graves’ lyrics offer deeply personal expressions of relationships, ambitions and spirituality. “Interference Fits” is no different, with Graves declaring that “We say yes to love!” before breaking into a cacophonous closing which sounds as much like the mission statement to Perfect Pussy’s overall sound as it does Graves’ pronouncements of her own personal ideology. In a way, the closing allows the band to ease into the finish with a few deep breaths, rather than slam the brakes and let momentum throw them onto the ground.

“Interference Fits” shows that this band is ready to experiment with elements of their sound and not rest on their laurels. Perhaps most of all, it makes the short wait to Say Yes to Love that much harder to bear.