'Ain't No Pussy' by Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons: a sonic neck punch
Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons

When you hear about a band called Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons, you probably don't expect a really polished sound, and you'd be right. On the new album Ain't No Pussy, the band delivers 11 tracks of dirty, raucous rock and roll.

If you're a believer in rock and roll howls, "Foreign Body" is a song that will catch your attention. This song has the raw energy of a punk song from 1977. The guitar has a dirty, simple sound, and the drummer sounds like he's trying to flatten his kit. The howl comes in the middle and it can best be described as primal. It doesn't just come from Pussycat's throat. It comes from somewhere deep inside her. Frankly howls are nothing unusual for Pussycat on this album. "Surrender My Heart" is full of them.

There is a feminist component to this album, and it is loud - much like the riot grrrl bands of the 90s. In the title track, Pussycat sings, "You don't know me. You don't own me." "Pretty Good for a Girl" is an even better of the feminist aspect of the album. This song is a fight against catcalling and other bad behaviors men display toward women. It even includes some of the things men say in an attempt to attract a woman, which helps you realize just how ludicrous it sounds when men talk to women that way. "One of the Boys" is another song that is an anthem for some women. In it, Pussycat sings about how she doesn't buy into a lot of traditional feminine things, but that she can throw a mean punch. Perhaps the hardest-hitting lyrics in the song are, "My beauty ain't measured by the size of my t**s." She has a way of getting your attention.

This is not an album that deals in subtleties. It is loud and brash - the way rock and roll is meant to be. It is the sonic equivalent of a punch to the neck, and that's whats so great about it. If volume and speed are things you enjoy in your music, this is an album you'll want to hear. Ain't No Pussy (Dirty Water Records) will be available everywhere on October 27.