Didn’t snag tickets for tonight’s show? Don’t cry. We’re pretty sure they will be back. And in the meantime, here is a little taste of what being in a kick-ass punk band is like, from Perfect Pussy’s bassist Greg Ambler:
FreeWilliamsburg: Last time you were in Brooklyn, you played two shows in the same night- The Knitting Factory and Saint Vitus. How did you keep up? What was different between the two sets?
Greg Ambler: I keep up by smoking tons of weed and play the same regardless of where I am or who is watching. I attempted to snap my bass in half at St.Vitus and ended up just fucking up my knee which was probably pretty funny to watch.
FW: Who do you listening to when you’re on tour? What other bands are out there now that inspire you?
GA: Lately lots of composed pieces. Mostly movie soundtrack scores but slowly getting into some classical. Being on tour for almost a year straight has been super stressful and it helps to listen to something soothing when you are in a van with 6 or 7 smelly people.
Current favorites for me are Pleasure Leftists from Cleveland and Speedy Ortiz from Western Massachusetts I believe. Amazing repertoire and even better people! These are 2 bands that exemplify the values and lifestyle they promote.
FW: Things seemed to have happened fairly quickly for the band. How did you adjust as a group? What do you think people are attracted to?
GA: We basically have just been running with it and learning along the way. There’s a lot more to being a band than writing music these days which is the total opposite of how all of us had been living so we are hoping to find time in the next few months to do other projects and just hang out.
If I could pinpoint what people are attracted to about this band I think we would cease to exist.
FW: Say Yes to Love is a pretty short, but feels like a lot longer because the energy is so strong. Do fans ever get a little rowdy wanting more?
GA: It’s a common question but we just don’t have the material to play any longer. We have only been an active band for about 18 months and 12 of them have been on the road. When a promoter books a band with a 4 song demo and then demands they play longer than 15 minutes or they won’t pay them they should seriously question their motives for being involved in this lifestyle.
FW: What’s next for Perfect Pussy?