Perfect Pussy

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Perfect Pussy
Perfect Pussy at Treefort Music Fest 2012.jpg
Perfect Pussy performing at Treefort Music Fest in 2013
Background information
OriginSyracuse, New York, United States
GenresNoise rock, hardcore punk, lo-fi
Years active2012 (2012)–2016
LabelsCaptured Tracks
Associated actsSswampzz, Shoppers, soreXcuse, Tomboy, Mouse and the Love & Light Orkestra, Lucid Pyramids, Crusher, Fleabite
  • Meredith Graves
  • Ali Donohue
  • Ray McAndrew
  • Garrett Koloski
  • Shaun Sutkus
Past members
  • Greg Ambler

Perfect Pussy was an American rock band from Syracuse, New York. The band consists of vocalist Meredith Graves, guitarist Ray McAndrew, drummer Garrett Koloski, bass guitarist Ali Donohue and keyboardist Shaun Sutkus. The band is known for its "frenetic brand of punk and raucous live shows"[1] and has been described as "the most important punk band to come out of Syracuse since Earth Crisis."[2]


Prior to the formation of the band, the lead singer Meredith Graves performed folk music under the name Mouse and the Love & Light Orkestra,[3] then subsequently was a member of the Syracuse-based noise rock trio Shoppers.


After Shoppers broke up, film director Scott Coffey approached Graves, asking her to perform with a band for his 2012 movie, Adult World. She assembled a "fake band," consisting of her, drummer Garrett Koloski of the rock band Sswampzz and bass guitarist Greg Ambler of SoreXcuse, and wrote the song for the film. In the aftermath of the filming, they kept performing together and were joined by Sswampzz guitarist Ray McAndrew and keyboardist Shaun Sutkus.[4][5]

I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling[edit]

The band gained attention with its debut demo, a 13-minute EP called I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling, which was released independently in 2013.[6] Reviewing the EP for Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan said "Punk-rock revelations like Perfect Pussy don't come along nearly often enough," and described their work as "the uncut truth of music that won't hold anything back."[7] Pitchfork named I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling as an honorable mention on its list of the best albums of 2013, with critic Lindsay Zoladz saying "EP feels like the sustained climax of a horror movie, the aural equivalent of that moment when the heroine—tattered, bleeding, and suddenly superhumanly defiant—drives the devil out and is engulfed in a radioactive glow."[8]

Perfect Pussy performed in CMJ music festival in 2013[5] and in SXSW in 2014,[9] after signing to the Brooklyn-based Captured Tracks record label.

Say Yes to Love[edit]

The band's eight-song, 23-minute debut album Say Yes to Love was released on March 18, 2014 on Capture Tracks to predominantly enthusiastic reviews.[2] Zoladz rated the album an 8.6 on Pitchfork's 10-point scale and a "Best New Music" designation, saying "It doesn’t feel corny or hyperbolic to call this record life-affirming, so perfectly does it capture the flashes of gratitude, self-knowledge, and inexplicable joy that often follow an experience of great pain."[10] At Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield gave the album four of five stars, calling it a "a savagely awesome debut" and "a heart-punch of an album" he compares to Hüsker Dü and early Sleater-Kinney.[11] At The A.V. Club, David Anthony describes Say Yes to Love as "continu[ing] the raging aggression of [Perfect Pussy's] demo [I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling] while also trying to remove itself from hardcore’s oft-limiting structures," but argues that some of these departures have "Perfect Pussy getting out ahead of itself, suggesting the band would be better served securing an identity before attempting to redefine it."[12]


The group disbanded in January 2016.[13] Graves became an anchor for MTV News and Koloski formed a new band, based in Philadelphia, called Empath.[13]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Meredith Graves – vocals (2012–2016)
  • Garrett Koloski – drums (2012–2016)
  • Ray McAndrew – guitar (2012–2016)
  • Shaun Sutkus – keyboards (2012–2016)
  • Ali Donohue – bass guitar (2014–2016)
  • Greg Ambler – bass guitar (2012–2014)



Year Title Label Format
2014 Say Yes to Love Captured Tracks 12" vinyl LP / CD / MP3


  • I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling (2013, self-released) (2015, Captured Tracks reissue)



  1. ^ Stern, Marlow (March 8, 2013). "Craziest SXSW Band Names: Perfect Pussy, Death By Unga Bunga, and More". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (Jan 15, 2014). "Perfect Pussy – "Driver"". Stereogum. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
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  4. ^ Minsker, Evan (October 30, 2013). "Rising: Perfect Pussy". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "Perfect Pussy". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Dolan, Jon (December 26, 2013). "Perfect Pussy I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Dolan, Jon (December 26, 2013). "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  8. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (December 17, 2013). "Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention - Page 2 | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Fucked Up, Real Estate, Mark Kozelek, DJ Rashad, Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Coachwhips, Forest Swords, Kelela to Play Pitchfork SXSW Events". Pitchfork. February 24, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  10. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (March 17, 2014). "Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (March 18, 2014). "Say Yes to Love". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  12. ^ Anthony, David (18 March 2014). "Perfect Pussy suffers a premature identity crisis on its debut LP". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  13. ^ a b Moreland, Quinn (June 18, 2018). "Meet Empath, Four Friends Who Make Noise Rock That's as Healing as It Is Brutal". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-06-18.

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