Prissy Whip wields a shrill and utterly disorienting brand of noise rock, somewhere in the league of dynamic and confrontational acts such as Daughters, Throbbing Gristle, Butthole Surfers, and Melt-Banana. Vocalist Crow Jane (Egrets on Ergot) provokes the audience with alarming wails and a convulsing strut. Effects-drunk guitars and pummeling drums collide and careen happily off the rails. The band will even prank its audience with catchy moments that are equal parts infectious and deranged.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Prissy Whip exudes a reckless energy rarely felt since the heyday of its punk scene, and has shared the stage with abrasive, chaotic bands of the same breed including Clipping, Deerhoof, Head Wound City, Retox, Hot Nerds, Psychic Graveyard, Planet B, and The Primals.
Their forthcoming effort, Swallow, was recorded by Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studios and Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound Studios. It was mixed and mastered by Paul Roessler and it will be released September 21 digitally and on clear vinyl, limited to 250. Pre-order vinyl, here.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Erzsébet” and this is what Crow Jane had to say about it:
“Have you ever seen a ghost? The singer of the 1977 band The Deadbeats gave me an occult, Elizabeth Bathory 7-inch. One night, I played this 7-inch in my room, lit some candles, and summoned the blood thirsty serial killer herself. My roommate knocked on my door and asked me with a concerned voice, ‘why are there a bunch of bees in the kitchen?’ Is it a coincidence that Bathory used to torture her victims with bees? Maybe. I went to the kitchen and there were like 30 bees in there. There were no windows open and the bees seemed aggressive. We closed the doors and ignored them. Four hours later, we checked back in on the bee situation and they were all dead.
“Bathory was my main influence for the words of this song. She started the brain wheels turning, and along with her came the bewilderment of the consequences (or lack thereof) that rich people suffer for their criminal actions. Filth and fortune.”
Catch Prissy Whip live:
Sep. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Factory
Sep 26 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
Sep. 28 – Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room (PRF)
Oct. 1 – Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
Oct. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ miniBar
Oct. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ FOAM
Oct. 5 – Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex
Oct. 6 – Millvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s
Oct. 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
Oct. 8 – Pawtucket, RI @ Machines With Magnets
Oct. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
Oct. 11 – Baltimore, MD @ Rituals
Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys Bar
Oct. 15 – San Antonio, TX @ Amp Room
Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ 523 Thompson
Oct. 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Lunchbox