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Review: Perfect Pussy, Skating Polly, Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists @ Black Cat 3.16.15

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Words and Photos by Alex Schelldorf

Last night, local sweethearts Baby Bry Bry and The Apologists swept the rug out from under Black Cat’s Backstage to kick off an evening so loud, someone should make sure the amps are actually off. As always, Bry Bry and crew brought their brand of irreverent “lounge punk” – whatever that means – alternating between literally in-your-face glitzy rock and a slower version of that same thing, leaving you to canoodle with your squeeze.

Oklahoma’s Skating Polly were brash and sneering, a duo brimming with the type of nascent confidence only teenagers can possess. Peyton Bighorse, 19, and Kelli Mayo, who is just 15 years old, switched off on drums, a driving guitar, and the not-so-gimmicky-in-this-context basitar, the guitar/bass hybrid made infamous by such bands as… I wanna say Presidents of the United States of America, fittingly.

A little over half a year after their last sold out show across town at Rock and Roll Hotel, Perfect Pussy returned to D.C. to dominate a considerably smaller stage. Though they played a similar set as their last – and seem to have been for some time – the energy and feel of the room was remarkable. After blitzing through nine songs from their latest LP, Say Yes to Love, and recent-ish tape, I have lost all desire for feeling, vocalist Meredith Graves invited Sean Gray, operator of the Is This Venue Acccessible? blog and vocalist of Baltimore punk band Birth (Defects), on stage to join the free noise portion at the end of their set.

In a piece for Noisey about ITVA?, Graves described Gray as “super fucking punk,” a notion he more than lived up to, literally swallowing a mic for the better part of 10 minutes as Graves stood by, eyes closed, clutching her microphone in repose.

Also of note: the group is selling new “(youth) crew necks” depicting the band as a ‘Stupid Misandrist Hype Band.’ Heh.

 

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