NASHVILLE PUSSY LIVE REVIEW

PUSSY DETONATES SONIC EARFUCK

NASHVILLE PUSSY LIVE REVIEW

AT THE MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER

3-29-2017

BY

  WILLIAM DERHAM

Hurricane Pussy blew into town recently to melt faces and explode heads with their ferocious live show (or in their terminology “Earfuck”)  that is guaranteed to scratch that hard rock itch every time. They succeed by keeping it simple, raw, and spontaneous. This authentic band is dedicated to the proposition ”In Lust We Trust” (their motto) with most of the songs gravitating toward sex, drugs, whisky, and rock ‘n’ roll. Initially called Hell’s Half-Acre, the band’s name comes from Ted Nugent’s introduction to “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” on the Double Live Gonzo album.

The first of three gigs in so. cal was at the Majestic Ventura Theater and I was granted an interview with lead guitar goddess, Ruyter Suys probing deeper into Nash Pussy’s global popularity. I pulled up to the venue at 5:30pm, the band was unloading and was able to catch her at a perfect time. I introduced myself, she smiled holding her coffee and my first question was regarding how touring in Europe differs from touring here in the states; “The food at the truck stops is better” she says laughing. She then informs me that “…without our touring in Europe, especially France we couldn’t exist.” Evidently the massive European “Pussy Posse” of  rabid fans can’t get enough of their fun-tastic showmanship and the crushing, nimble riffs she deftly peels off.

The band was fresh off their European Tour having done 30 dates and now hitting the U.S. traversing around the country for hours on end in a no frills van towing their gear with a U-Haul trailer. No luxury tour bus for this hard working-hard partying band of rock n roll gypsies. When I asked her if they have any rituals or superstitions she said “When we’re on the road we honk the horn when we cross state lines.” 

Q: What was the most remarkable thing you’ve ever seen thrown on stage during a performance? (she had to think for a moment.)

A: “Well, when the lights/power went out in Vancouver British Columbia somebody offered up a big bowl of buds and when we were opening for Slayer someone threw a cup of vomit that hit the drum kit but that meant they liked us, if they didn’t it would be a cup of piss.”

Q: Do you have a name for your guitar?

A: “No, not for this one but I used to have one named “Schmoopy” and one named Dave”. 

 Q: What was your first concert?

A: “David Bowie’s Glass Spyder Tour was my first, I was 19 years old.”

Q: What kind of music do y’all like to listen to in the van?

A: “Funk! We love George Clinton and Parliament…one time he (Clinton) was at one of our shows and I wanted to do something so he wouldn’t forget me so I bent over on stage and gave him a big, wet french kiss.”

Q: Where in the world would you like to play that you haven’t yet?

A: “Russia, Iceland, and Hawaii I really want to play Hawaii.”

 After noticing she had an empty slot on her ruby red Gibson SG guitar for another pick-up I asked.

Q: Why don’t you have two pick-ups on your guitar?

A: “That’s all I need!”

She then pointed to her smart phone and scrolled down showing dozens of recorded guitar riff sample ideas for future material “…this one’s called “Big Ol’ Pudding In The Sky”.

Q: How do you get inspiration to write new songs?

A: “Dreams, I had a dream the other night that I was snuggling with Keith and MIck”.

It was then time for sound check and super cool to sit in the empty, historic theater while they plugged in and ran through their new “Intro” and “Everybody’s Fault But Mine” in all their ragged glory.

Newly recruited drummer Ben Thomas brought a new level of explosive drum bashing to the party integrating nicely with bassist , Bonnie Buitrago. Lead singer/guitarist/lyricist  Blaine Cartwright’s “Rock and Roll’s A Dirty Job But Someone’s Got To Do It” tee shirt says it all. He still likes to pour a cold beer into his sweaty hat and chug it down with glee. Ceremonial swigs from the Jack Daniels bottle signal another show in N.P.’s busy schedule is coming to a climax.

Looking forward to some new Pussy recordings in the not too distant future that Ruyter promises will sound like “…the Sex Pistols doing Physical Graffiti.” They head down under to do a handful of gigs in Australia and New Zealand and will head back into the studio to work on tracks for a new album. Can’t wait!

SET LIST

NEW INTRO

EVERY BODY’S FAULT BUT MINE

PIECE OF ASS

PILLBILLY

I’M SO HIGH

RUB IT TO DEATH

HATE AND WHISKY

GOING DOWN SWINGING

UP THE DOSAGE

CAN’T YOU SEE

GO TO HELL

HEART ATTACK

PUSSY’S NOT A DIRTY WORD

GO MUTHERFUCKER GO