Black Pussy Addresses Protests, Controversy Over Their Name

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Black Pussy, who released a new album Magic Mustache (Made In China Records) in February, has faced opposition and defaming due to the bands name involving protests over whether or not their name is offensive. The protests included a Change.org petition, show cancellations, and even personal threats against the band online. The band has released a statement addressing this:


WE GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT A BAND NAME AIN’T ONE

a statement from Black Pussy

Some people think our music is “awesome” but won’t wear our T-shirt in public.

Some people think our music “sucks” but that our amps are “cool.”

Some people “love our band” and come see every single show we play in their city.

The common denominator with all three statements is that everyone has a different opinion about our band. And what’s so great about that is no one is forced into having “this” opinion or “that.”

Miriam-Webster defines “double entendre” as ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation. That is the meaning of our band name. That there isn’t a specific meaning. That’s why we love this band name. We love Black Pussy and we are never going to change our name.

People have expressed outrage at the supposed origins and intentions of the name. Our band name was chosen BEFORE our knowledge that the Rolling Stones song Brown Sugar had a working title of Black Pussy. But the ultimate decision to roll with the name was encouraged by what we found out.

Miriam-Webster defines “satire” as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices. At the time when Mick Jagger wrote Brown Sugar he was in an intense year long secret love affair with Marsha Hunt, a black actress and model. Both have cited her inspiration for the song. But that begs the question; why would a woman whom he is madly in love with inspire such scandalous lyrics about taboo subjects like slavery, interracial sex, cunnilingus, and less directly, sadomasochism, virginity, rape and heroin? Satire often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the writer wishes to attack. When looking at the lyrics through a satirical lens they begin to take on anti-rape and anti-slavery connotations. It’s doubtful that this was done consciously, but a spontaneous and uncensored approach to art is absolutely crucial for the dissemination of creativity, no matter who is offended.
(http://www.vulture.com/2015/04/brown-sugar-still-tastes-good.html)

The lamest thing about all the click-bait articles and comment threads is…well, the stupidity. People espouse their opinions about the way these two words make them feel. At best they get information wrong. At worst they’re character assassinations. Communication is a vital tool of our continued free existence, and in no way should anyone censor discussion, least of all us, when people write ignorantly crass posts online. But it cannot be understated that elements of our digital culture are incredibly knee-jerk and weak minded. There are no medals to give the person with the most hurt feelings.

If you’re upset by the band name we think there are far better outlets for your time and energy . Both of those are extremely valuable commodities, time and energy, and we wish to maximize the way in which we spend them. We encourage you to do the same. Complaining about our name and calling for a boycott of us and the venues that book us are all well and fine, but it’s not going to hurt us. Rather, and ironically, all of this attention emboldens the band’s momentum and exposes more people to our music. Mike Patton once said, “Bad press is the best press.”

Throughout all of this our message has been pretty consistent; FUN. Have fun. Make love. Feel good about life. Fight things that take away your personal freedoms. Be positive. Fuck the people who try to put you down.

We love our fans. Let us say that again. We love our fans. Without them we would be singing into the void. We work our asses off year round to bring our music across the country and it is both a challenging and joyful experience. We accept all responsibility for the repercussions that our name brings. Ultimately, the music is what should be scrutinized rather than the clothes we wear or the name we chose. But whatever. Trolls are gonna troll, complainers are going to complain and people who get it are going to keep on getting it. And to those who get it we say…Viva la Pussy!

Love,
Black Pussy
Dustin Hill – Ryan McIntire – Dean Carroll – Aaron Poplin – Keith O’Dell

 

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Goatsnake, Subrosa, Royal Thunder, Rosetta, etc Confirmed For Crucial Fest 5

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Crucialfest 5 will be held June 18-20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. The confirmed line will include:

Goatsnake
Dead Meadow
Royal Thunder
Rosetta
Mothership
Kowloon Walled City
Giant Squid
Captured! By Robots
Uzala
Norska
Black Pussy
Ides of Gemini
Demon Lung
Castle
Lesbian
Wild Throne
Ghetto Blaster
Eight Bells
Cold Blue Mountain
Throes

With Locals:
Eagle Twin
SubRosa
Cult Leader
Settle Down
Baby Gurl
Worst Friends
Agape
God’s Revolver
Eons
Dethrone the Soverign
Dark Seas
INVDRS
Cicadas
Disforia
Odium Totus
The Wasatch Fault
Turbo Chugg
The Ditch and the Delta
Oxcross
Filth Lords
Die Off
Top Dead Celebrity
Anthems
Stickfigures
D∅NE
Exes
Hard Men
Magda-Vega

Schedule
Thursday June 18th
Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage
Baby Gurl
Eons
Throes
Cicadas
The Wasatch Fault
Filth Lords

Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
INVDRS
Eight Bells
Ghetto Blaster
Cold Blue Mountain
Hard Men

Area 51 / 9pm / $10 / 21+
Royal Thunder
Wild Throne
Settle Down
Top Dead Celebrity
Friday June 19th
Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage
Cult Leader
Rosetta
Ides of Gemini
Norska
Dethrone the Soverign
Disforia

Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
The Ditch and the Delta
Castle
Demon Lung
Oxcross
Odium Totus

Urban Lounge / 9pm / $15 / 21+
Dead Meadow
Black Pussy
Dark Seas
D∅ne
Saturday June 20th
Area 51 / 2pm / $15 / 18+ Stage
SubRosa
Kowloon Walled City
Captured! By Robots
Giant Squid
Mothership
Worst Friends
Anthems
Stickfigures

Area 51 / 2pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
God’s Revolver
Agape
Lesbian
Die Off
Exes
Danger Hailstorm
Magda-Vega

Urban Lounge / 9pm / $20 / 21+
Goatsnake
Eagle Twin
Uzala
Turbo Chugg
CrucialREST – Sunday June 21st
FREE / ALL AGES / FOOD
Kids & Dogs Welcome! No Alcohol Please
Bands and Venue TBA
*Schedule subject to change.
Accomodations

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Black Pussy – Magic Mustache

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The Pacific Northwest is practically the home of the US metal these days. Stoner-Rock and the long standing doom movement in the area has been enjoying a killer few years and it has been exciting to watch the growth of certain acts. Black Pussy is one of those bands that sprouted from a seedling and have become a fully-fledged member of the fraternity in their own right. Their new album Magic Mustache (Made In China Records) is a testament to that fact with track after of catchy, rocking tunes with just enough weird quotient to take them further.

Front man Dustin Hill is really the straw that stirs the drink with his taste for almighty riff, tons of trippy psychedelic references, and a wry lyrical sense. Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Pentagram, and Goblin spring to mind right away as touch points. The grooves are thick and copious, and even though they get mentioned a lot with hometown homeboys Red Fang, Black Pussy is cut even more from the cloth of Kyuss and the lineage of bands from 60s. Tracks like ‘Let’s Start A War’, ‘Into Your Cosmic’, ‘Protopipe’ arrive with major jammage and have a classic feel to them immediately without falling into histrionics to get your attention. The entire album is dotted with tons of hummable licks and dope solos for the guitar nerds to drool over. Keith “Chief” O’Dell’s fun keyboard work will put a smile on your face to go with your dry-mouth. None of the tracks seem to overstay their welcome, rather Dustin and his cohorts like to say what they want to say, and split.

One of the marks of a really good album is that singles are strong (‘For the Sake of Argument’ in particular), but the album cuts are better. Black Pussy is a band that has been cultivating their sound for a long time and Magic Mustache is the culmination of their hard work. Time to spark it up!

8.0

KEITH CHACHKES

Stumpfest Confirms Dates and Early Line-Up

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Stumpfest, the stoner-doom metal festival/party held annually in Portland OR has revealed this years fest will take place 4/23 – 4/25 and the early line-up of bands. Headliners for the weekend so far include northwestern doom greats YOB, Danva, Intronaut, as well as Portland locals Lord Dying, Sandrider, Author & Punisher, Graves At Sea, and Black Pussy. At least one more major band tba to close the Saturday night date. The fest will once again be held at Missisippi Studios, holding just under 400 people, so this makes it a very intimate one of a kind event, keeping with founder Rynne Stump’s goal of keeping the fest small and inexpensive as possible. Weekend passes are on sale now, as well as single day tickets. Last’s year’s fest sold out, so don’t sleep if you are considering going to this.

Press Notes:

In 2015, the “fantastic amalgam of music, bro love and art” returns to Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on April 23-25. Hosted by none other than the beloved Stump sisters, the three-day festival is more riff-filled, filthed-up and stacked than ever.

The headliner of Saturday, April 25th will be revealed in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can purchase three-day passes or tickets to the Thursday and Friday shows below:

THREE-DAY PASSES

THURSDAY 4/23 (DANAVA, LORD DYING, LECHEROUS GAZE, BLACK PUSSY, SONS OF HUNS & PRIZEHOG)

FRIDAY 4/24 (YOB, INTRONAUT, AUTHOR & PUNSHER, GRAVES AT SEA & MUSCLE AND MARROW)

 

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Black Pussy Streams New Song, Magic Mustache Out Next Week

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Portland OR stoner-rock up and comers Black Pussy are dropping their new album Magic Mustache (Made In China Records) next week they are streaming their new song ‘Lion’s Breath’ here. The band played a sold-out show this past weekend, opening for the mighty Sleep at the Sabretooth Music Festival. Well known for being equal parts heavy, trippy, yet melodic Black Pussy is a band in the mold of greats such as Kyuss, Red Fang, early Baroness, and Queens of The Stone Age among others. Pre-orders are up now including several custom vinyl versions from the Made In China Website.

Press Notes:

In just three days, Portland’s stoner-pop outfit Black Pussy will play to a SOLD OUT show with Sleep at the Crystal Ballroom during the inaugural Sabertooth Music Festival. Ahead of the event, Terrorizer is streaming “Lion’s Breath,” the anthemic third single from the band’s sophomore album, Magic Mustache, out on LP/CD/DD February 17th on Made In China Records. (Preorders available now on HERE.)

 

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Press Notes:

Black Pussy, Portland’s infamous, infectiously catchy and ever-restless stoner-pop outfit was named for the original working title of The Rolling Stones’ mega-hit “Brown Sugar”–a blatantly anti-racism tune. The past few years have seen them touring nonstop, including a North American stint with ex-Kyuss legends Vista Chino. For the past two years, the group has worked on heavy, psychedelic pop songs with not only Portland recording engineer Adam Pike (Red Fang, Norska, Black Elk, etc.) but also the legendary Kyuss founding drummer and multi-instrumentalist Brant Bjork, and the culmination of years of hard work, psychedelic trips and perpetual touring brings to life a ’70s-influenced, hide-your-daughters-because-they’re-coming-to-town rock ‘n’ roll attitude that sounds like Tarantino directing a Thin Lizzy video in the low desert.

 

 

Black Pussy is:
Dustin Hill (vocals, guitar), Ryan Mcintire (guitar), Dean Carroll (drums), Aaron Poplin (bass), and Keith “Chief” O’Dell (keyboards)

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Black Pussy Debuts Video For The Sake of Argument

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Portland Oregon’s psychedelic stoner savants Black Pussy have dropped a killer new video for the track ‘For The Sake of Argument’. The song is the first new music from their upcoming new album, Magic Mustache, dropping from Made In China Records this February. Watch the video below:

Download or Stream the song on their band camp!

https://blackpussy.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-sake-of-argument

 

From the Press Release:

New Album, Magic Mustache, out Feb 17

Portland’s infamous, infectiously catchy and ever-restless stoner-pop outfit Black Pussy (named for the original working title of The Rolling Stones’ mega-hit “Brown Sugar”–a blatantly anti-racism tune) has been busy as usual. Aside from their perpetual nationwide touring including a North American stint with ex-Kyuss legends Vista Chino, the group has spent the last two years constantly working on heavy, psychedelic pop songs with not only Portland recording engineer Adam Pike (Red Fang, Norska, Black Elk, etc.) but also the legendary Kyuss founding drummer and multi-instrumentalist Brant Bjork. The culmination of years of hard work, psychedelic trips and perpetual touring brings to life a ’70s-influenced, hide-your-daughters-because-they’re-coming-to-town rock ‘n’ roll attitude that sounds like Tarantino directing a Thin Lizzy video in the low desert.

“For The Sake Of Argument” is the first single from Black Pussy’s forthcoming album,Magic Mustache, which takes the feel of rock legends Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Hawkwind and combines it with the heaviness of stoner-rock giants Kyuss and Monster Magnet and a potent dose of pop sensibility reminiscent of The Cars and Queens Of The Stone Age. Filmed using an analog liquid light projector, this video utilizes a classic yet unique-looking take on the psychedlic and drug inspired imagery popularized in the ’60s and ’70s.

Watch “For The Sake Of Argument” at THIS LOCATION.

Magic Mustache will be released through Made In China Records on February 17th. Keep an eye out for more details as this year draws to a close. In the meantime, take a psychedelic journey through space where vintage gear acts as the controls, and sound waves are the highways.

“For The Sake Of Argument” is also available as a single on Black Pussy’s bandcamp page here.

Black Pussy is:
Dustin Hill (vocals, guitar), Ryan Mcintire (guitar), Dean Carroll (drums), Aaron Poplin (bass), and Keith “Chief” O’Dell (keyboards)
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