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Perfect Pussy, May 21, The Crux 

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In its review of Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks, March 2014), the debut full-length from Syracuse, N.Y.-based Perfect Pussy, Pitchfork writes, "Perfect Pussy sound like a hardcore band fronted by Joan of Arc: A swirling maelstrom of fire engulfs a singer who shouts with the ecstatic conviction of someone who would rather die than apologize."

The dissident here is Meredith Graves, PP's upfront frontwoman. Racy band name and lyrics aside, PP recently raised eyebrows and ire when Graves referred to the Syracuse hardcore scene as "racist, sexist, rude and [comprised of] self-centered pricks" in an Interview magazine profile of the band. Following the backlash, which included PP being shunned by local hardcore promoters, Graves told Bitch Magazine, "because of my speaking out against the problems inherent to the scene, my physical and emotional well-being was threatened." She also told Bitch, "I've gravitated towards the arts my whole life," doing whatever she could to express herself. Sounds like she was born to do this.

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