Harry Pussy – A Real New England Fuck Up

PALILALIA RECORDS

  • £21.99


"During their brief, mid-1990s career, Miami noise killers Harry Pussy played most often as a trio, with five musicians involved at various points. But their core was always the founding duo of guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer/singer Adris Hoyos. The former's unmistakable car-crash sound and the latter's primal beats and soul-stiffening screams defined the group's destructive aesthetic, leading Douglas Wolk to brand them "just about the most abrasive band America has ever seen."

"Though they earned that superlative, it's slightly misleading. Because while Harry Pussy could over-stuff speakers with bracing din, they also injected space and structure into their racket. At times they sounded more like a punk-damaged free jazz group than an abstract noise machine. That's especially true of early duo recordings by Orcutt and Hoyos, where the pair's intuitive interplay is clearest. When Orcutt pinches out piercing notes and Hoyos responds with snare slaps that propel him into clanging chords, the result is more conversation than confrontation." - Marc Masters, Pitchfork

Limited to 500 coies, this album contains previously unreleased mid-'90s live recordings of Harry Pussy in peak trio formation, with extensive eye-witness liner notes by Siltbreeze label-head Tom Lax and Tom Carter of Charalambides, tour-mates during the shambolic 1996 tour.

 

Tracklist:
  1. T.T. Bears, Cambridge, MA 1996
  2. WUOG, Athens, GA 1994

 


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