Posted in music | tour dates on March 18, 2014

Perfect Pussy at NPR SXSW 2014 showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
Perf Puss

Perfect Pussy's debut album, Say Yes to Love, is out today (3/18) via Captured Tracks, and it's been getting some great reviews. We like it too, but not everyone does. Ben Greenberg of The Men (also of Hubble, not to mention an in-demand record producer) had some pretty harsh words to say about it over at The Talkhouse

Perfect Pussy is, I believe, the last band that got a lot of attention from the 285 Kent crowd before the place closed the doors and dismantled the bouncy plywood stage for good. The band's bio name-checks Sonic Youth -- because, as we all know, you can't be a band in 2014 without name-checking Sonic Youth -- the VSS, and Cro-Mags, but to my ears they're way more like the Red Light Sting or the Sick Lipstick or some other Canadian squealy post-hardcore band from the early aughts whose baditude is unabashedly waved in your face while you try to figure out just exactly what caused it in the first place -- too much homework this week? Your Jetta ran out of wiper fluid? Is your boss at the Pita Pit giving you a hard time about coming in late again? Perfect Pussy's debut LP is called Say Yes To Love and it's out on the heels of a tremendous buzz generated from the band's loud-and-fast Bandcamp demo last year. The record has its moments but is generally pretty one-note in its sound. Sometimes, like on the album's second single "Interference Fits," the band gets slightly slower and maybe even a little prettier. But when you take a step back from that track, the guitar part sounds like something off a Cursive record. The song's minute-long ambient outro feels tacked-on, like someone left the tape recorder running by mistake after the band left the room.
He also, for the record, dedicates a full paragraph to making fun of the "285 Kent crowd," calling the drunken System of a Down sing-along from the venue's last show a "larger expression of how they think about rock music or music in general."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy, who played a bunch of shows in Austin for SXSW last week, have opened up in a new interview about bassist Greg Ambler's decision to throw his bass in the river at their bridge show with Nothing and Ex-Cult. He tells Wondering Sound:

It's weird to say what made me do it in that instant, but I know there was definitely a lot of stuff leading up to it. The night before, the drunk-driving incident, was really fucked up. We left Stubb's [where the band had been playing the NPR showcase] and there were all the cops down the street. Most of the younger band members had walked off to go back to the place they were staying and they stumbled across all these kids lying on the sidewalk, because the ambulance hadn't come there yet, so they called me to come pick them up. That very much affected them. The next day, we'd heard the Stereogum show [the band was scheduled to play] had been canceled. I kind of figured that it would, and I called my buddy the next morning and he said, "There's no way they're going to cancel the show," and I tried to explain to him that it was more than just this one incident, it's a direct result of this festival happening, people getting wasted and having no concern for other people -- that person was fleeing a DUI checkpoint at the time.

Then they were trying to just move the show, and I was really adamantly saying that we weren't going to play any show that day anywhere near that spot. I didn't want any of the band members going back there. I thought it was disrespectful, because [the incident] was as a direct result of the festival. Nobody's career was going to be made or broken by that particular show, so we should have, at the very least, rescheduled it for another time.

We had been planning to do that bridge show, but it was supposed to be for Friday night. I had said I would much rather just take the day off and just have everyone hang out and maybe play a show for just friends that wasn't a big buzz-fest. It was part frustration, part showmanship, I think -- you want to make the set memorable. Any time we play, I try to make that my outlet. I'm definitely a very cynical, negative person most of the time, and that's where I get most of those aggressions out. So that had something to do with what was going on there, but at the same time, being inwardly violent and just playing as fucking hard as you can every time you play. That's what was in my head: It was either me or the bass at that moment, and I'm old enough now to put my health above all. That's basically what it was.

Read more of the interview at Wondering Sound.

Perfect Pussy are currently bringing their stellar live show all around North America, and they'll be back in NYC for shows on April 4 at Death by Audio with Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer and Sarongs; and April 5 at Mercury Lounge with Tumul and Green Dreams. Tickets for the DbA show and the Merc show are on sale now.

If you haven't heard Say Yes to Love, you can stream it on NPR. Streams of two of its tracks, with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Perfect Pussy - "Driver"

Perfect Pussy - "Interference Fits"

Perfect Pussy -- 2014 Tour Dates
03.18.14 - Che Cafe - San Diego, CA
03.19.14 - Bootleg Bar - Los Angeles, CA
03.20.14 - East 7th St Warehouse - Los Angeles, CA
03.21.14 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
03.22.14 - Slabtown - Portland, OR
03.23.14 - Treefort Music Festival - Boise, ID
03.24.14 - Vera Project - Seattle, WA
03.25.14 - Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
03.27.14 - Tubby Dog - Calgary, AB
03.28.14 - German Club - Regina, SK
03.29.14 - Dead Lobster - Winnipeg, MB
03.30.14 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN ^
04.01.14 - Township - Chicago, IL
04.02.14 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
04.03.14 - The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA
04.04.14 - Death By Audio - Brooklyn, NY ~
04.05.14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY +
04.24.14 - The Middle East (Downstairs) - Boston, MA *
04.25.14 - First Unitarian Church (Basement) - Philadelphia, PA *
04.26.14 - DC9 - Washington, DC *
04.27.14 - Gallery 5 Arts - Richmond, VA *
04.28.14 - King's Barcade - Raleigh, NC *
04.29.14 - Mammal Gallery - Atlanta, GA *
04.30.14 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL *
05.03.14 - Hotel Vegas - Austin, TX $
05.05.14 - Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK *
05.07.14 - Sweatshop - Omaha, NE *
05.08.14 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City, IA *
05.09.14 - Shakespeare's Lower Level - Kalamazoo, MI $
05.10.14 - Trumbullplex - Detroit, MI *

^ w/ Condiminium
~ w/ Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer, Sarongs
+ w/ Tumul and Green Dreams
* w/ YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN and Green Dreams
$ w/ Green Dreams

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Comments (108)

Perfect pussy sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:13 PM

everyone talking in those interviews and reviews shut the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:17 PM

About time sometime spoke up. Also can't believe this other dipshit wrote 500 words on why he threw his guitar in a river. Bold starter, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:18 PM

How much are they paying you to talk about them? Literally the only people who care about this band are the ones running the music blogs. Stop contributing to this shitty blog-hype culture.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:20 PM

I'm glad he trashed this awful band and 285 Kent (both of which deserve any and all ire thrown their way), but how is anyone from The Men in anyplace to talk about credibility? The Men used to be a good punk band who completely changed their sound to fit in with the Pitchfork crowd. The only one with any guts is the original singer/bassist who left the band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:22 PM

bass player, very deep thanks
maybe tossing the bass in the river also mean u should never play another one again
or atleast never write about it ☺☺☺

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:22 PM

^agreed

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:25 PM

crap name crap band - nothing good has ever come from upstate new york and never will - go back to your earth crisis records and leave us alone with good music

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:25 PM

i dont think there's anything wrong with a system of a down sing along but am in agreement with most of the criticism

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:26 PM

This dude willingly shared a bill with fake Black Flag... yeah, I'm sure he confronted Greg Ginn about how he really felt about them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:27 PM

Perfect Pussy make Phish sound like a decent band

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:28 PM

that Men dude's review is spot-in - Pitchfork and Lindsay Zoladz embarrass themselves when they try to promote this shit at this stage of things - it's all marketing to brand their FIRST tag on something that is so not ready for it's moment in the spotlight.

Best new music it is not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:30 PM

Band's name may be Perfect Pussy, but as far as the bassist goes, they might as well call it "pussy hound" because he's been whoring it up on tour according to a few female friends of mine who got closer to him and them than most during their time in Austin and on the road.

Greenberg's assessment was fair. Perfect Pussy responded to it very passive aggressively in the comments. The bassist seems pretty ungrateful about the Stereogum showcase too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:31 PM

what system of a down song did they sing along to? I liked that one song, angels deserve to die?

Throwing a bass in a river is pollution, littering, I think that was pretty shitty of him

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:33 PM

Well not to condone bass throwing, even tho it is fun, it seems people commenting can't read very well. The bass article was from a interview and I don't the bassist transcribed his own interview.

Maybe he was interviewing himself?

Either way I'd like to get the bass's view on this matter.

Posted by Pablo Openbar(!) | March 18, 2014 12:33 PM

punk is throwing that bass int he river and not giving a fuck

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:35 PM

Why do you feel the need to post that in every post about this band? Guy in touring band has been hooking up with chicks? Gee never heard that one before. Get a fucking life.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:36 PM

Punk is hanging on to your bass cause you don't have money for another one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:38 PM

The guy from Pygmy Shrews is criticizing a feminist band?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:41 PM

Seriously, what kind of absolute tool gives a extremely detailed reason what inspired him to throw his bass?


Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:41 PM

this is like when Fred Durst and Scott Stapp were feuding.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:42 PM

"It was either me or the bass at that moment, and I'm old enough now to put my health above all."

But not old enough to refrain from having a hissy fit and throwing your instrument in the river?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:44 PM

turd talking about turds

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:45 PM

"what system of a down song did they sing along to? I liked that one song, angels deserve to die?"

yeah that was the one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:47 PM

the Men mad butthurt they didn't get a higher number than a band with a chick up front. hahaha! the Men are fuckholes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:49 PM

hi, ben. welcome to north brooklyn. accurate observations (for 285/perfect pussy) but nothing new.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:49 PM

stole the bass throw from beach fossils...now that's weak

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:52 PM

That bassist dude blows.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:57 PM

The Men have become so shitty their lead singer left; what once was punk now sounds like fucking Deertick. Get bent.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:03 PM

Those who don't remember indie rock's sins are doomed to repeat it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:12 PM

Funny since Ben's old band, The Fugue, toured with Sick Lipstick. Also, why hasn't anyone mentioned that asshole being a rape apologist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:12 PM

punk is throwing a bass in a river and not writing a press release about it.

fuck this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:17 PM

@ 1:21 Referring to Ben Greenberg, NOT anyone in Perfect Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:23 PM

They DO sound like Sick Lipstick. except not as good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:26 PM

BV is hyping this band because it gets people so worked up. The highest number of comments recently have been on PP posts. Keep it coming.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:31 PM

Tell me more about this 'Pita Pit'.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:34 PM

TOTAL PUSSY

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 1:46 PM

SMOEFF!

Posted by AcidDude69 | March 18, 2014 2:03 PM

it does seem unbecoming to dis another band, oh well

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:05 PM

Ray, Scott and Andre from Men of a Certain Age are interested in learning more about this so-called "perfect pussy"

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:07 PM

IDIOT. Using this tragedy to help his band get 'buzz'


False #1=
"that person was fleeing a DUI checkpoint at the time."

False #2=
I thought it was disrespectful, because [the incident] was as a direct result of the festival.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:12 PM

This dude is mad jelly. Hey Ben, being that jelly isn't good for your health. Dude needs to swing by the Pita Pit pick up some phytonutrients and relax.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:15 PM

Perfect Pussy is the new Friends. When are they playing topless and breaking up?

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | March 18, 2014 2:16 PM

Free Rashad

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:22 PM

i love ben's take on the contemporary music scene in new york. the 285 kent scene was not countercultural. it was not hard to find. it rarely hosted outsider, weird, violent or unpopular acts.

in fact it was basically "live event" arm of the pitchfork marketing team which is why the space was so popular for younger internet-focused music fans.

this dude has been around the block more extensively than most of us, i would not take his words lightly.

and no, perfect pussy is not special.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:25 PM

Read the entire interview for a good laugh where the bassist tries to justify playing a bunch of corporate gigs with "we stole a bunch of sneakers because we're punx!" No, you just took advantage of free swag like any average person would, brah.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:29 PM

how does it feel to be a grape frenologist

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:32 PM

shoppers was way better. fuck the men. Fuck them now, fuck them when they were a shitty hardcore band http://youtu.be/tdYeVBHzXYw

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:36 PM

This is good. We need more feuding in the indie community.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:46 PM

At least he's saying something worthwhile. People who listen to shit bands like Perfect Pussy listen to them not because they actually think the music is good, but for the social acceptance. Might as well listen to fucking Dave Matthews Band. There are so many bands out now that have lowered the bar in making creative, original music. The majority of bands out there strive to sound like other bands and seem to have no problem with being in a band that sound like another band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 2:56 PM

Will someone just go ahead and draw a dick with all those keyboard symbols?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:05 PM

lol @ Ben From The Men

lol @ 2:56

lol @ the politics of under 30 upper middle class white music


From the Maximum Rock & Roll letter section of yesteryear, all the way down to the youth of today...every blowhard has his moment in the sun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:08 PM

I want to know about how the Perfect Pussy bassist is a perfect pussy licking monster.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:15 PM

Perfect Pussy. That's so crude. I say we all start referring to them as Perfect Vagina.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:25 PM

I agree w/ 2:46

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:28 PM

@3:15 Hooked up with him when they came through Texas the last time. He was sweet, above average, fucked really hard, blew his nut all over my back and was considerate enough to wipe it off. Satisfied?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:29 PM

perfect pussy is terrrrible

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:32 PM

^way to fantasize dude

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:35 PM

3:29 is the bassist's mom

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:43 PM

The fact that they got an 8.6 on Pitchfork makes me want to throw myself and my bass off of a bridge. Mind you, Pitchfork has never been the end all/be all but that shit review rustled my jimmies way too hard. I don't want to exist in a world where Le1f and Frankie Cosmos are getting panned and this garbage is getting praised.

Posted by Serpent | March 18, 2014 3:47 PM

I would like more information about this so called place "The Pita Pit".
Is this some unknown hummus eatery in Williamsburg?
I really need to know.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:49 PM

"I'm glad he trashed this awful band and 285 Kent (both of which deserve any and all ire thrown their way), but how is anyone from The Men in anyplace to talk about credibility? The Men used to be a good punk band who completely changed their sound to fit in with the Pitchfork crowd. The only one with any guts is the original singer/bassist who left the band."

this

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:50 PM

Let's get one thing straight, the jokers at 285 Kent were locked together in song, singing System of a Down? Who even knows that shit? Fuck all these Mid-Western transplant pansies. Too bad 285 Kent didn't collapse on the lot of them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:53 PM

Doesn't take a genius to figure out why this guy threw his bass.... publicity. It's working.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:57 PM

3:47pm, a Rising feature and an 8.0 are hardly a panning for Frankie Cosmos. She's right there next to Perfect Pussy in terms of undeserved hype for barely talent.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:00 PM

LOL at indie kids these days. Worse than ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:02 PM

bravo ben! spot on. thank you.

@2:16 perfect pussy are TOTALLY the new "Friends" - their label is going to throw money at them and they will inevitably fail

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:06 PM

meredith's rachel, the bassist is ross, i'm joey, anthony's lloyd... HEY!

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:09 PM

another hyped band on a garbage label.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:11 PM

to be fair what do you expect from upstate ny?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:13 PM

perfect pussy riot. Pussy is now an available word to say in the mainstream now. The band should thank the Riot for opening that word for the world to use freely and allow their subsequent hype.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:16 PM

barf barf barf @4:16

Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:27 PM

First off, 285 Kent was never that good. The vibe was always way way off in that place, and it was just shitty in general. I can think of at least 10 venues around Brooklyn that mean way more to me than 285 Kent ever will.

That being said, I did like the Perfect Pussy Bandcamp demo. Not because they were good songs as much as they created a state of mind. Organized chaos maybe. Maybe the new record sucks, but I haven't heard it. Maybe they're being exposed as a one trick pony, I don't know. But I thought that demo was on to something.

And I do agree that as a whole we settle for too much mediocrity. People need to try harder and actually try to do something special. Sung Tongs by Animal Collective is a fucking awesome and special record, and those guys certainly went out on a limb to make something like that.

The last thing I'll say is that I think there's an overly laser-like focus on buzz bands today, people acting like they give a shit about some mediocre band for 3 months before they move to something else. Does anyone care about being timeless anymore? I guess it's all the byproduct of just about anyone being able to create art and putting it on the internet. No one has to try that hard anymore to get noticed, and music suffers for it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:29 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | March 18, 2014 4:32 PM

Excellent use of Animal Collective in above post :/

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 4:45 PM

Whatever happened to the good old days of Speedy Ortiz?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 5:42 PM

Pita Pit!
I need to go there badly. They got Robust Platters in there?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 7:06 PM

I love the anon who feels the need to share their inside scoop of how slutty the bassist is. Oh wow, consenting adults having sex! So juicy.

I don't even like this band but now I'm considering dropping $10 to see them in SF this weekend and see if the bassist will perfect my pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 7:32 PM

Considering your "pussy" is a hairy asshole, probably not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 7:44 PM

He wrote a review

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 8:33 PM

Does anyone know this Ben Greenberg fellow?

If so, can you please ask him for more details about 'The Pita Pit', and get back to us?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 8:37 PM

So shaved legs but unshaved pits = feminism, correct? Okay, cool. Just wanted to clarify.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 11:23 PM

that dude ben greenberg is one of the jewiest looking jews of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 11:58 PM

Someone wished he was born a girl.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 12:33 AM

The iPods

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 12:59 AM

the Ponos bitch FUCK an ipod

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 2:02 AM

I remember the days of hanging out at Pita Pit before a Red Light Sting show.

Glory Daaayyyyssss

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 5:25 AM

get bent

Posted by blayne | March 19, 2014 6:07 AM

This chick needs to put some pussy shots up already. I demand some proof with all this press coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 9:45 AM

Bro from The Men is probably just butt hurt because the pussy band seems like they're gonna kick it "DIY" big time like The Men were supposed to do and failed at.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 10:10 AM

Nat said that The Men will be opening for Pussy Riot at the Peach Pit this summer!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 10:34 AM

Paris London West Nile, je me souviens <3

Posted by Baltimore | March 19, 2014 10:39 AM

You're probably right 10:10pm, since the last really good album the Men put out was that sounds like the one that Perfect Pussy copped.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 1:07 PM

The Men have never put out a "really good album."

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 2:15 PM

Singer does not write own lyrics. Steals from poets and obscure authors... she admits to it half-assed in the nme interview ...saying a "nerd" might discover this ...and reveal her "secret"... she excuses her plagiarism by saying...oh i steal wildly!! Like weeeee! Im sooo freee!! Fuck you. You are a plagiarist. i could go on.. why bother.

Posted by nun yer | March 19, 2014 7:22 PM

2:30 has never set foot in a Pita Pit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 1:31 AM

The drummer said this band is breaking up after this tour anyways due to Meredith and Gregs failed relationship. Goodbye.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:01 PM

115 comments & not one person who is aware the Men have a new album out. no wonder this guy is bitter.

the new Men album is pretty good but nowhere near as good as the Perfect Pussy album.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:33 PM

who gives a shit about Bjork or who the fuck else..not my point. If I cared about them I would call them out too. re read MY ABOVE POINT. that is my point. Articles are claiming she is original and brilliant lyricist . welp. that's a negatory. someone else was for her. and she SAYS SO. and fin.

Posted by nun yer | March 20, 2014 9:47 PM

anyone who knows these people in their real lives knows this is 1..totally possible 2. totally possible and 3 totally possible. doods a prick but come one she is a total prick as well ...they are exhausting...GOODBYE.

Posted by i love you 4:01 | March 20, 2014 9:55 PM

PPussy sound like melt banana trying to squeeze through a hip pro tools filter.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 11:23 AM

Greg works at Alto Cinco - They sell designer tacos they don't have any pitas at all!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 3:42 PM

What is pro tools?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 5:30 PM

Who cares what either bassist has to say? That's some tedious shit, man. Just play your parts and then go shoot up in the van.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 6:22 PM

I went from this article to download the Men's first LP. In the Band description on the website where it is hosted, it name checks Sonic Youth!

Posted by LawlessAndFree | March 23, 2014 9:22 AM

perfect pussy rules

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:16 PM

lol they dont tho

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 8:26 PM

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