Photos: Perfect Pussy | 05.06.14

 (Bryan Sutter)

Syracuse, New York’s punk darlings Perfect Pussy brought their abrasive charm to Melt on Cherokee Street in St. Louis, Missouri on May 6th, 2014 with Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Green Dreams, Ghost Ice and a very special secret set from The Brainstems.

This was a strange show. The line-up was legit, but for most of the evening I felt like I was waiting for something to happen, something remarkable, but it never came about. Like Waiting For Godot at a trendy waffle shop in a hip part of town that sometimes hosts strange, noisy bands.



Few indie bands are currently enjoying the love of music critics like Perfect Pussy. However, their short set at Melt last night made me wonder if their violent thrust into the limelight came too soon. When I first photographed the band back in December (also at Melt) for Eleven Magazine, their short set was exciting and interesting, even if it ended just as it was starting to get really good. At the time, they only had an EP to tour behind and the lack of material naturally made for short sets. However, with a recent full-length record a 15 (or was it 10?) minute performance seemed cheap. Last time I checked, Perfect Pussy aren’t a hardcore band with 40 second songs about Oprah or cops.



As I watched the band pack up their gear, on stage, while a drone of noise from keyboardist Shaun Sutku washed over. I noticed some of the crowd looked vaguely confused, or retained the “barely-awake” vibe that permeated the entire evening. As the noise subsided, vocalist Meredith Graves gave up her perch against the wall and thanked the crowd for coming out in a odd, chipper tone that one typically uses when they’re trying to get late-night guests to go home.



There’s a lot to like about the band, from their engaging (but short) live performances to their interesting, noisy aesthetic. One starts to wonder, though, if they were pushed out of the nest too soon.

See the full set of photos from Perfect Pussy’s performance at Melt, including photos of openers Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Ghost Ice and The Brainstems, by clicking here or by checking out the gallery below.



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