PFFR

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PFFR

Beerland, Thursday, March 18 "PFFR stands for 'pity the poor hobo vomit that dreams of being privileged diarrhea.'" If you're still reading after that evocative self-description, there's a good chance this Brooklyn duo's 15-minute blast of a set would've warmed your sick little cockles. Leading off the eclectic Birdman Records showcase Thursday night, PFFR (pronounced "PFR") brought the full weight of their sample-heavy computer punk perversion to bear on an initially perplexed but ultimately impressed crowd. With just a girl, a boy, a computer, and a guitar, they pushed and shoved their way around potentially bad performance-art landmines to deliver a legitimate punk rock spectacle in the confrontational tradition of early Devo. Screaming surreal picket-sign choruses like, "When you get horny, it makes me sick!" the duo hopped off the stage, taking the struggle right up in your face. PFFR's songs pack a heroic dose of deeply impaired four-track weirdness, but they're surprisingly catchy. Despite the underground artistic pretension, the retro-futuristic beats give their music a kinky Euro-fetish disco vibe that could make viable soundtrack highlights in a Liquid Sky sequel. The duo's performance of "Un Phit Psonique" from their 2003 debut, United We Doth, captured the seething rage of dysfunctional intimacy, but its hold-and-release structure actually suggested hit potential in an alternate universe. "Superfine" was nothing more than the song title repeated over and over at increasing speed. If there's a hockey team in hell, this might be their victory chant. Given their sonic slurry of dissonance, it boggles the mind to imagine how PFFR got Snoop Dogg (or someone who sounds just like him) to appear on their album. Then again, when you have to click on an animated purple chipmunk with a giant ejaculating penis to access their Web site, perhaps it's best not to ask too many questions.

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