Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons – Ain’t No Pussy

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons - Ain't No PussyWith a growl and a roar British rock ‘n’ roll trio Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons launch into their third studio album with something of a statement of intent on the fuzzy, ‘ballsy’, title track Ain’t No Pussy.

From there the album does a few things very well.

First is that it feels like a band who have finally found out how to translate the impressive sound they’ve been making live for a few years onto record.

While their previous record, Dirty Rock ‘N’ Roll, did a decent job, this feels more complete, accomplished and above all confident in every way.

From Filfy Antz beating away on the drums to Dirty Jake’s unique guitar style that, on just a Telecaster, manages to mix both standard rock ‘n’ roll rhythm guitar with the bassier side of their sound, to the howls and sneering vocals of enigmatic singer and fuzz guitarist Puss (emphatically not Pussy) Johnson, the whole album mixes vintage garage, trash and fuzz to sound fabulous.

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons
(l-r) Antz, Jake and Puss

Secondly the band clearly have a strong social and political conscience with Pretty Good For A Girl, One Of The Boys and Sylvia, amongst others, having either a strong message about the treatment of women in rock music or a rallying cry against the current government and the band’s perceived injustices it’s causing (both of which sound like they come from a very personal place).

Marrying political thought with straight up rock ‘n’ roll is a big challenge with the results often ending up rather po-faced and failing to be successful in either in making a point or being entertaining. On Ain’t No Pussy though Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons make both work together excellently.

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnson
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons at the Vale Earth Fair

On top of this the band continue to evolve the kind of sounds laid down by the likes of The Cramps and The Fuzztones, particularly on darkly seductive closer Midnight Motorway, that sees them sit nicely alongside the likes of The Electric Shakes and Nervous Twitch in continuing a long tradition of inventive British rock ‘n’ roll.

Ain’t No Pussy, then, see Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons build on their past successes in creating what is, at this point, a definitive record of their sound that positions them as one of the most enjoyable and capable rock ‘n’ roll band’s working in the U.K. today.

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