Ride A Dove by Harry Pussy

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Harry Pussy | Riding A Dove
Palilalia Records (LP)

“Honesty in musical destruction”

Harry Pussy, was a noise (rock) band hailing from Miami, Florida, USA, active from 1992 to 1997. In their ranks were guitarist/vocalist Bill Orcutt, drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos with occasional support by accordionist Ian Steinberg and guitarists Mark Feehan (who appears on this album) and Dan Hosker on second guitar. Palilalia Records is giving us a re-issue of their second album, originally released by Siltbreeze back in 1996.

The summary of my thoughts regarding Ride A Dove, is that it is a fantastic and pure electric noise record, but I will elaborate.

All the beautiful noise, the filth that electricity can produce, is found in the 30 minutes of this blast of an album. A catastrophic guitar annihilation and feedback driven sonic base, upon which paranoid vocal screaming charges, attempted notes and drum battery without tempo emerge! Minimal to no structure (thankfully), with absolutely no remorse. Just outbursts of anger and furious punk attitude on speed, that rips and kills. As if Harry Pussy wanted to pay a tribute to (the legendary japanoise gods) Hijokaidan, but in their very own freak jazz anathema. This is the deal. A homogeneous wall of noise that will spank you mercilessly and high frequencies will seriously violate your ears in the most sincere way! Beyond all, Harry Pussy’s musical destruction is honest to say the least! Intense, brutally intense.

I rarely go technical, but this has to be said. Ride A Dove was recorded on a Sony Walkman and a Tascam Portastudio, mixed through a RAT distortion pedal (if you know these guitar pedals, you know what they can produce), then messed up on SoundEdit 16 audio software, on a Classic Mac OS. On top of that, the album has no gaps between tracks, making the whole outcome more destroyed, more wonderful, more true to its cause.

With Ride A Dove’s vinyl re-issue, an atonal, experimental, nihilistic and in-your-face noise (without rock) gem has risen again after two decades. Feel lucky, feel blessed, grab a copy and say hi to your worst noise nightmares. You’re gonna like this!

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