Exclaim!'s Best of 2014: Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Part One

20. Perfect Pussy
Say Yes to Love
(Captured Tracks)

Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves' mix of personally and politically fuelled lyrics may be shrouded in a wall of feedback, but they form the passageway to understanding the sheer force and undeniable impact of the group's debut. Stretching the boundaries of hardcore and post-punk, the passion of Say Yes to Love is expressed via a searing aural assault that is both visceral and challenging at times. While the band's chaotic energy and jarring cacophony run rampant on its debut, the group's fierce, 15-minute-long live shows have been equally important in defining the Syracuse, NY five-piece's wider impact since the release of Say Yes to Love.

Using their noisy, feedback-drenched guitars, barrage of drums and Graves' frenetic energy, Perfect Pussy are a precision attack. While the band may drown themselves in a sludgy coat of noise, Graves' emotional urgency becomes a rallying cry as a wall of sonic mayhem hits. (Anthony Augustine)