Posted in music | pictures on August 27, 2014

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome @ Shea - 8/26/14
Perfect Pussy
Joanna Gruesome
Perfect Pussy

The stacked Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome / Potty Mouth / The Love of Everything tour kicked off last night (8/26) with a sold out show at Brooklyn's tiny Shea Stadium. It was a great show all around, and packed almost the entire time. Pictures are in this post.

The Love of Everything, aka Joan of Arc's Bobby Burg, kicked things off with a one-man-band set consisting of Bobby's voice, guitar, bass, synths, and a crude drum machine all going through a loop pedal. In a way, Love of Everything was the odd band out on the bill. It was the only one that wasn't a "band" in the traditional sense, and the only one whose songs didn't revolve around briskly strummed distorted guitars. But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of.

The energy level began to rise when Potty Mouth followed with their set of poppy punk, but really rose once Joanna Gruesome took the stage for one of the best sets I've seen of theirs yet. Joanna Gruesome are equal parts twee pop and more aggressive punk, but the energy of the latter is what wins out at their shows. All band members thrash around the stage like a hardcore band while singer Alanna McCardle stands at the mic, commanding the crowd with ease. For one song during this set, she took her mic off the stand and gave her wildest performance of the night. The rowdiness of the crowd matched that of the band, at one point causing Alanna to ask them to chill with the moshing ("that's fun for about five of you... and there's way more than five of you here").

There was a pause in the show after Joanna Gruesome, because Perfect Pussy were running late. But once they finally got there, they ran up on stage without a soundcheck and got the room going as nuts as it was for JG. Perfect Pussy's sets are short, but they pack more uninhibited aggression in 15 minutes than many rock bands can in double or triple that time. Last night was no exception, as the band went hard with minimal breaks from start to finish, and it ended with noise guy Sean Sutkus making controlled feedback minutes after the rest of the band had left the stage.

The tour continues, and splits this Friday (8/29), as Joanna Gruesome return to NYC on their own to headline a free South Street Seaport show with Big Ups, and Perfect Pussy/Potty Mouth play Asbury Park. Potty Mouth will also be back for a Cake Shop (9/3) show next week.

More pictures from Shea, below...

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The Love of Everything

The Love of Everything
The Love of Everything
The Love of Everything

Potty Mouth

Potty Mouth
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Joanna Gruesome

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Perfect Pussy
Joanna Gruesome

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Comments (55)

This was an excellent show indeed, but unfortunately had to bail before Perfect Pussy came on. When did they start? Tough to stick around for a set that starts after midnight on a school night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:33 PM

I am so sick of girl fronted bands.

No I'm not misogynistic, go fuck yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:33 PM

12:33 perfect pussy played from 12:30 - 12:42

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:39 PM

@12:39 ha, thanks, I chose wisely then. I like those guys, but screw that. Joanna Gruesome and Potty Mouth were great though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:42 PM

funny boys and their little mosh pits during sets fronted by girls

oh to be young

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:47 PM

I will never have an erection again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:48 PM

perfect pussy looks like she has a penis, which is a perfect pussy unless that perfect pussy dispensed hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:59 PM

"No I'm not misogynistic"

Right, and you ought to know

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:00 PM

"For one song during this set, she took her mic off the stand and gave her wildest performance of the night."

NO. WAY. She took the mic OFF the mic stand???

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:01 PM

"noise guy"

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:01 PM

I'd like to potty in her mouth, and by "potty" I mean "listen," and by "in her mouth" I mean "to her problems with co-workers and jealous friends."

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:02 PM

"Right, and you ought to know"

Whatever Alanis

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:11 PM

what the fuck is a 12 minute set. what a waste

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:14 PM

perfect pussy? foetid bollocks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:15 PM

Wow, what a nightmare lineup. Can't think of a less appealing show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:16 PM

1:16 +reunited vivian girls covering sweetheart of the rodeo

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:17 PM

1:16 +phish playing phish songs

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:21 PM

1:16 +S P I n D 0 c k 0rz covering Nads Surf's High/Low

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:23 PM

I'm not misogynistic or anything like that, but I hate women and think they should remain barefoot in the kitchen rather than making music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:26 PM

Hi guys, I heard we were talking about misogyny?

Posted by Gerald | August 27, 2014 1:27 PM

All of those shows sound kinda fun

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:28 PM

I'd rather be misogynistic than eponymous

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:34 PM

i'm not misogynistic. I love Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:43 PM

I'm not misogynistic. I have female family. In fact most of my mothers and sisters are women.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:07 PM

I'm eponymistic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:12 PM

Andrew Sacher does a lot for awkward sentences.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:19 PM

Sacher's writing is hitting new lows. Just post the pics and skip the text. Five painful paragraphs of dense bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:29 PM

I'm going to save these for my new 7th grade English class to work through next week. It should be a good gauge for the semester.

"But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of."

"Last night was no exception, as the band went hard with minimal breaks from start to finish, and it ended with noise guy Sean Sutkus making controlled feedback minutes after the rest of the band had left the stage."

Posted by Teach. | August 27, 2014 2:36 PM

I think something is wrong with the photographer's camera. Why are all of the photos all washed out and desaturated? It can't be that the photographer WANTS them to look like that, can it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:45 PM

Honestly, I don't know how Sacher takes all the punishment he receives on this blog. He is truly the designated whipping boy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:48 PM

i was the one who let out the nasty fart half way into perfect pussy's set

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:01 PM

music for feminists and the beta-males who love them

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:30 PM

Sacher, here's a simple writing checklist for you. Ask yourself:

- Did I have an unique experience that's worth writing about? Or will it sound like every other article I write?

- Am I making any good insightful points that the BV readers will appreciate? Do I have any interesting facts?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:30 PM

^ LOL someone has WAAAAY too much interest in Sacher's life (kinda creepy)

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:45 PM

perfect pussy actually went on at like 11:50 and finished around 12:15 or so. the dude who left definitely should have stuck around and not been a lame ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:47 PM

^ You went to a Perfect Pussy show and you're calling someone else a lame ass?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:53 PM

Sacher:
"Perfect Pussy's sets are short, but they pack more uninhibited aggression in 15 minutes than many rock bands can in double or triple that time."

That sentence is complete horseshit that manages to pack in 3 or 4 tired cliches in neatly.

The band plays 15 minute sets because they have no material and no chops. The only thing at which Perfect Pussy excels is conning you gullible idiots into thinking they're "edgy" or anything other than a hack fake punk band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:03 PM

3:01 i was convinced that was a queef. thanks for clarifying

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:03 PM

"uninhibited aggression"

Is there a such thing as inhibited aggression?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:09 PM

4:09 - "inhibited aggression" is the normal status quo for the emo crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:39 PM

"Perfect Pussy performed with the unbridled enthusiasm of 20 Billy Mumphrey's!"

I don't know, I think that's good writing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:00 PM

4:03

Please post IN THIS THREAD when and where your band will be playing out next. I for one look forward to seeing what real talent looks like.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:02 PM

@502 that's such a washed out argument. That as if someone wrote " let's see your movie!" in respose to someone saying twilight sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:11 PM

You don't need to play music to know Perfect Pussy suck. You just need to be slightly discerning.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:14 PM

Women the band > Women-fronted bands of today

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:22 PM

if she is unconscious, she can't say no.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:43 PM

So 4:03 I'll take that as a "I have no band, and actually don't know shit about making music or what makes certain music art"

Thanks for proving my point, shut-in! You have yourself a wonderful day.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 6:49 PM

3:30, both #1 & #2, really nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 7:12 PM

"I will never have an erection again."

Not that you ever could before, 12:48.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 7:13 PM

^ Wow. Serious burn, brah.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 7:55 PM

522 speaks the truth

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:14 PM

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