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The title may certainly be a question the two members of this Florida duo asked each other after their lo-fi recording sessions of off-the-cuff drums and electric guitar interaction; this duo is a rock-noise outfit that seems set on destroying the academy with such simple tools. Like Ascension and the Blue Humans, they adopt the explosive spirit of free jazz as exemplified by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's Interstellar Space and apply it to post-punk experimental aesthetics, resulting in chaos designed to be insulting to music lovers. This collection is not as effective a protest as it might proclaim, as destroying rock music would surely not begin with exploring its base elements to the degree that this duo does. Regardless of subversive sentiments, the guitarist and drummer trip themselves up on a few occasions, as the energy in this recording is a tell-tale sign of how much they love it — music in its most primitive and simplistic form.


Formed: 1992 in Miami, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The clattering, shrieking din that was Harry Pussy spent much of the '90s as one of the most acclaimed sounds in the extreme noise underground, stamped with a seal of approval from the likes of Thurston Moore and Lou Barlow. Their brief, spastic, atonal freak-outs sat somewhere in between noise rock and free jazz, though they were actually much more planned out than improvised, to the disbelief of many who heard them. In addition to the expected Sonic Youth influence, Harry Pussy also echoed New...
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