Album Review: Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons – Exercise Your Demons
Making rather a noise for themselves on the London bar scene the last six months or so (trust me – if you’ve seen them, you won’t forget them), Pussycat and Co have done a damn good job translating some of the punkabilly onstage chaos for you the lucky listener at home.
Opening with the infectious strutting riff of Trouble With The Devil, this album is a winner from the start. With a band that is such a formidable live force, it is a bit of a concern as to how well that would translate on record, but the songs are strong enough and just so much fun that they carry themselves easily from stage to stereo. And as an added bonus, studio production really showcases what a powerful and directed voice Pussycat really has.
As well as great hard-rocking fun, the sense of humour on this record really grabs you, but without it at any point becoming novelty or comedy. You really have to listen to a song like Orgasmic Pizza yourselves to understand how a girl can sing about hot pepperoni and getting greasy mess on her face without being just ridiculous, but I can tell you that Daddy Long Legs or Bad Cat are just great party tunes, even if they are about spiders and the singer being a feral cat-woman with a bad attitude respectively.
Nothing can replace seeing the onstage mania of a Pussycat live show, but this record is definitely the closest you’ll get, and has a few tricks of its own up its sleeve into the bargain.