Perfect Pussy and Joanna Gruesome played to a sold-out, sweaty Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, dropping beats for fans into the early a.m. The two bands are centered around powerful vocal leads that entice their audience into fits of moshing and lyrical throw-downs. The respective acts have their own unique take on punk, and it may be safe to say that Perfect Pussy has perfected the hardcore screech side of the genre, where Joanna Gruesome leans more towards a raging garage rock.
 
Putting on an epic show to the lucky few who were able to gain access, these bands played humble, cool and composed sets—at least between the tumultuous tunes. After openers The Love Of Everything (who I missed) and a searing set from Northhampton, MA’s own virulent trash-punks, Potty Mouth, Joanna Gruesome, hailing from England, got the crowd riled up and ready for Perfect Pussy. The Syracuse band showed up a little later than expected (with apologies in hand), but quickly jumped on stage to seal the evening with their noisy sensibilities.
 
These bands are not to be missed individually (note: Joanna Gruesome is playing for free at South St. Seaport in Manhattan on Friday), and seeing them perform together, in succession, was something truly special. Definitely one of the shows of the year.
 
Photos and words by Emily Korn.