PERFECT PUSSY, N213’S GROUP VISION

Perfect Pussy by Sarah Whitlam

THE COBALT, MARCH 25, 2014

Perfect Pussy rode to town on a wave of buzz on Tuesday night, having just received rave reviews for their new record Say Yes to Love and playing a bunch of packed shows at SXSW. Maybe all the hype gave me unrealistic expectations, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit I was disappointed.

Nic Hughes’ long-running project N213 kicked things off to a great start at the Cobalt. Currently dubbed N213’s Group Vision, a chaotic, dynamic and gloriously noisy three-piece band provided the backdrop for Nic’s deranged howls and screams, which were run through a variety of effects pedals. People slowly filtered in during their set, and by the time Perfect Pussy took the stage it was a packed house.

Perfect Pussy certainly provided a glimpse of what people were hoping to see — a barrage of fast-paced noise that was cathartic and at times overwhelming. Unfortunately they were plagued by bad sound and the whole thing ended before it really got going. Shaun Sutkus’ keyboards ended up drowning out the rest of band, and lead singer Meredith Graves’ vocals were impossible to hear. This was really a shame, because it seemed like she was putting everything she had into the show, and so much of their sound is defined by having those screaming vocals cut through all the feedback and noise. And even though I had been warned in advance, I still couldn’t believe it when they said they were done after 15 minutes, and walked offstage. No encore. Game over.

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

By David Prowse
Photo by Sarah Whitlam

 

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