The recent output from Load Records has been a cavalcade of treats for your average noise/rock nerd. No longer merely the home of Lightning Bolt, Load are releasing some of the most challenging rock records going around right now. So it kind of makes sense that they would release a rather odd compilation of the Miami noise/rock pioneers, Harry Pussy. I say that this is an odd compilation because it only contains recordings made by the band in 1997 which I think is the year before they broke up. A career spanning compilation this is not. There are multiple takes (both in the studio and live) of many of the songs here including the two in the clips below. I’m not entirely convinced that siting through multiple versions of certain tracks is the best idea anyone has ever had and it raises the question whether this is a celebration of a great band that disappeared from view or merely an archival document for completests. This is the only Harry Pussy I’ve heard so I can’t really answer my question but whatever the answer might be, Harry Pussy are great fun.
When listening to Harry Pussy, I thought of no wave pioneers teenage Jesus and the Jerks crossed with Shit and Shine and Moha!. Harry Pussy seem firmly ensconsed in the art/free rock category of the whole left field music spectrum. I’ve sat through this a couple of times now and each time I do, I’ve really enjoyed the ride. I’m keen to hear their earlier stuff (the band started in 1992) and Siltbreeze still have copies of some of their records in print. Anyone want to comment on those earlier records?
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