Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy – Astonishing Adventures! – EP Review

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Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy - Astonishing Adventures! - EP Review

Welsh noise/popsters Joanna Gruesome and New York’s lo-fi hardcore punks Perfect Pussy are two of the most exciting bands to have emerged in recent years. This is fact. You can take that to the bank. Both balance on the fine line between noisy, anarchic chaos and a more melodic sensibility and both have been unafraid to display their feminist and anti-homophobic standpoints for all to see. Refreshingly loud and intelligent musicians. After touring together throughout 2014, and regularly joining each other on stage for rousing, cacophonous singalongs, it only makes sense that they should release Astonishing Adventures!, a split EP featuring a song and a cover by each band.

Joanna Gruesome offer up the schizophrenic original “Psykick Espionage” and the punk romanticism of Florida emo heroes I Hate Myself’s “…And Keep On Reaching For Those Stars”. Their new track finds them at their most dichotomous. Break neck, choppy verses replete with Alanna McCardle’s unmistakable yelp are stacked untidily next to pop choruses that find McCardle offering the sweetest melodies she can dig out of her being. “…And Keep On Reaching For Those Stars” takes the original’s relaxed and dreamy approach and slams it into fast forward. However, in it’s one minute and 16 seconds it equally bludgeons you over the head with it’s pounding drums, and soothes you with it’s delicate melody.

The Meredith Graves fronted Perfect Pussy are a bit more abrasive than their transatlantic cousins. They pour liberal amounts of feedback and Graves’ stream of consciousness rants all over new offering “Adult World (The Secret)”, and yet it points to a more melodic direction than their fiery and all too brief debut album Say Yes To Love, released to critical acclaim earlier this year. Their cover of Icelandic alternative rockers The Sugarcubes’ (once fronted by Bjork) “Leash Called Love” gives the already tense and angular track an extra menace through Graves’ buried vocals, and the sheer chaos their performance brings to the song.

The sprinkles on top of this particularly spiky cupcake is the fact the relase comes packaged in a 24-page comic book illustrated by Phil McAndrew (Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew’s brother). The heroine of this wonderful underground comix inspired piece is an amalgamation of Graves and McCardle who battles misogynists and online haters like some kind of super hero version of Joyce Brabner drawn by Robert Crumb. Pity the bugger is only ten minutes long.

Astonishing Adventures! is out 24th November via Fortuna Pop!/Captured Tracks/Slumberland

  • This is stupendous.

    • Jamie Coughlan

      Check out both their debut LPs. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love. Fucking awesome.

      • Too late, dude. I’ve been listening to them both for a while now. Perfect Pussy is definitely on my top ten list for this year.