Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Ain’t No Pussy’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:00

Pussycat JohnsonsAfter falling headfirst last year for their ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ album, and having previously enjoyed ‘Exercise Your Demons’, I had high expectations for a new release from Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons. I think I’ve watched all their YouTube clips, and finally get to see them live on 30 November at Dublin Castle, Camden!

 

But, I’m getting ahead of myself… Puss and her two brothers in sonic attack are clearly an amazing live band, and Alex McGowan has done a fine production job here, as it gives me what I want; a tough, live sound, with clear vocals. All rough edges intact.

 

Two guitars, drums and vocals, this three piece know exactly how far to push their sound. There have been comparisons to The Cramps, but while there are elements, mainly from Puss’s strong image and interaction with the crowd, the music is more acerbic and aggressive.

 

The bones of rock ‘n’ roll, yes, but with British accent intact. Puss Johnson’s vision for the band never wavers, from the opening title track onwards. And I’m sucked into their world straight away. ‘The Wasp’ has a primal riff and a lyrical sting to match, berating the self-obsessed who do themselves no favours. ‘Pain’ does, indeed, clout you round the head; brutal drums from Filthy Antz and pulverising rhythm from Dirty Jake.

 

It is hypnotic, each song is ideal for grooving at the front of the crowd in a sweaty mess. It urges you to move. Ten new songs, plus ‘Suneal’; an ode to their favourite fan, set to ‘Lucille’. ‘Pretty Good For A Girl’ flicks the Vs at the all too frequent patronising tactics that women in music confront. ‘Sylvia’ is positively feral in its disdain for two-faced journalists. ‘One Of The Boys’ says it all: “I pack a punch, though my fists are small”.

 

Puss Johnson is fast becoming an iconic female singer, up there with any of the more familiar names. Stylistically individual, with her own voice to match. And the power of it is quite astonishing. I doubt that she sees herself as a role model, but she’s a damn fine one. If this is your bag, you will love the whole album, so dive in and maybe I’ll see you at the front on their tour…

 

‘Ain’t No Pussy’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons play the following dates:

 

Friday 17 November - St Austell, Brewery Visitor Centre

Saturday 18 November – Penzance, Studio Bar

Thursday 30 November – Camden, Dublin Castle

Friday 1 December – Brighton,The Prince Albert

 

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