Pussy Stench – Honey Sucker

7/10

Pussy Stench are a Montreal, QC punk band with their latest release Honey Sucker. If you’re riding the new wave of grunge, this release should have enough muddy guitar riffs and angsty lyrics to keep you satisfied. The album is well produced and the musicianship is spot on, but the band aren’t breaking any new ground for me.

Honey Sucker kicks off with the song “Grace,” which originally appeared on the band’s 2016 split. The song’s runtime is cut back and is produced a little more deliberately than on its first release, with guitarist/vocalist Devan K-M’s vocals sitting a little farther back in the mix with some Jack Off Jill-esque reverb thrown over top. The entire album is full of hard-hitting, muddy guitar riffs with equally pummeling drum and bass accompaniments. Songs like “I Love Nothing” and “Rot Sparkle,” the closing track and my overall favourite on Honey Sucker, exude a pissed off energy that adds to the whole experience.

Let’s just get this out of the way: I really do not like the neo-grunge trend that has been happening over the past few years. I’ll try and be as fair with my critiques as I can be, but it should be known that this style of music is just not my bag. The song-writing formula gets a little stale across the album’s eight tracks. Nearly every song has at least a few instances of bendy blues scale noodling that lost its appeal for me rather soon into the album. The song “PC Riot” started out with an interesting drum and bass passage before quickly devolving into more of the same. The main issue I have with this album, and this style in general, is that it feels like I’ve heard it all before.

If you’re a fan of riot grrrl or any other kind of punky grunge music, Honey Sucker should be next on your list. Pussy Stench have really stepped up the production value since their Satan Is My Sugar Daddy EP and the band really gels together. It’s probably not an album that I’m going to be revisiting, but don’t let that deter you from giving it a listen.

Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

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Justin is a Saskatoon-based musician with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied medieval and modern English. These days, he can usually be found behind the stack of comic books he’s trying to keep up with. Justin has been playing music since his early teens and has made 10’s of dollars from it in the years since. An enthusiastic packrat, his prized possession is a vinyl copy of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” Justin snores really loud if he’s been drinking and thought that Revenge of the Sith was actually a pretty sweet movie. You can hear Justin in Swayze, here: https://swayzelives.bandcamp.com, and A Ghost in Drag, here: https://aghostindrag.bandcamp.com, and you will occasionally see him and his bandmates playing Beerio Kart on tour.

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