Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love | Album Review | By Volume

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Perfect Pussy

Say Yes To Love

Bad year? How about some payoff?

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Author: on May 7, 2014
9.2
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Looking at Say Yes To Love’s tracklist, you’d never expect it. That shrapnel slicing into your ribs, the explosive, repeated clang of an echoing buckshot, the hands ripping open your chest, the rending of your still beating heart moments before this murderous rampage lifts your life’s vessel towards its open maw. Rather than biting now, the lips pucker, and affectionately, in that familial, comforting sort of way, your heart is kissed, cleaned and placed back into your chest as the end of “Advance Upon the Real” begins to play, fading its distortion into “VII”. Say Yes To Love storms out of consciousness in this song, a distantly violent track, like hearing a battle in a valley, while sitting atop a mountain. Most of this record feels like that though, a constant chaos in the background, leaving you broken but mendable. “VII” is the sound of your chest being sewn back up after organs are replaced and reattached. It’s certainly not a calm song in its own right, but compared to the rest of the record that precedes it, “VII” is the aftermath to the frenetic storm.

Say Yes To Love is an important ethos as much as it is a title. Recently, vocalist Meredith Graves described the title as a somewhat depressed actualization of growing up; of her friends and their getting married, and her own brush with the possibility of nuptials. Saying yes is giving in to love if you will — like when it’s a burden, when it’s too much to take. The record’s lyrics came from a melancholic, angry place, but in the aftermath there is a catharsis to Say Yes To Love’s turmoil. And while the record was written about regret, the resilience with which Graves screams “we say yes!’ repeatedly to close “Interference Fits” is how it should be appreciated in hindsight. After a grand expulsion of energy preceding her uttering these words, the song makes a final gasp with Ray McAndrew’s infectious final riff. It’s the release of energy, as though after all this pain, a sigh of relief is to be had. It’s gorgeous, it’s unforgiving, and it’s everything that makes Say Yes To Love unforgettable.

Raw power is only a portion of what makes Say Yes To Love; a lot of the record is deceptively melodic, even though Perfect Pussy’s songs rarely stretch to the three-minute mark. They pack, stuff, vacuum seal and repackage these tunes, making them so tight, but also ridiculously raucous and not above throwing a fit of rage. it’s amazing they’re able to create so much passion within such small timespans. Not to infer that this hasn’t happened before in the realms of punk and or rock music; I just cannot stress enough how much Perfect Pussy stretch the album’s twenty-three minute runtime into something that feels significantly longer. I could assert it to the weightiness of their songs; the way Graves voice acts as a vessel for the instrumentation of her bandmates, relaying tales of dejecting unrest, enduring outright prejudice and abuse from friends, lovers and their hometown’s hardcore scene.

More than admirable, it’s downright fucking heroic, the means by which this band waves their middle-fingers in the general direction of their detractors, while producing one of the finer records you’ll hear in recent years. Say Yes To Love is thematically built around how shitty of a time Perfect Pussy had been having, but ironic payoff is payoff all the same; what they’ve produced with their first full-length is a passionate, fluid, well thought out, exquisitely produced and gracefully performed document of anger and struggle. But more importantly, it shows what that strife can lead too if we just remember to say yes sometimes.

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