Meredith Graves (born 1987) is a musician, writer, and anchor at MTV News. She is the frontwoman for the American punk rock band Perfect Pussy.
Graves began playing piano and guitar at age 11, and touring by age 19; her mother is also a performer, in musical theater. Her father is a journalist.
Graves learned to sew in high school and worked as a seamstress during and after college.
Prior to forming the band Shoppers, Graves led a band called Mouse and the Love & Light Orkestra.
Graves was a guitarist and vocalist for Syracuse noise rock trio, Shoppers. The A.V. Club described their 2011 release Silver Year as "a short, intense breakup album about the terrible things we’re capable of when our feelings are hurt;" Punk News called it "top notch noise-rock."
Graves currently fronts the hardcore punk band Perfect Pussy, founded in 2012 in Syracuse, New York. After Shoppers disbanded, film director Scott Coffey asked Graves to appear in his movie Adult World, shooting in upstate New York. Graves assembled a "fake band" and wrote a song for the film, but even after filming, the group continued performing together, and posted their first demo I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling to Bandcamp in 2013.
Billboard called Perfect Pussy's first demo "purpose-filled, bone-rattling and brisk, the kind of electrically charged debut that can shock a jaded blogger out of his torpor."
In 2015, Graves founded a music label called Honor Press. Though Graves's own background is in hardcore, Honor Press is not an exclusively punk label; instead Graves describes the label's priorities as "No snobs, no phonies and no shitheads." She told New York Magazine that her positive experience making music for the label Captured Tracks had been the inspiration for Honor Press.
Honor Press's first release was Sacramento band So Stressed's The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art. Released in May 2015, Spin reviewed Unlawful Trade as a "strikingly sour premiere effort [that] comes courtesy of Meredith Graves' Honor Press label...one of the most potent post-hardcore assaults in recent memory."
Graves has indicated plans to publish books through Honor Press as well as music. The label's second signee is Los Angeles rapper Busdriver, also known as Regan John Farquhar, to produce a book and a 7". The book will be a poetry collection called Hat: A Movie.
Honor Press is located in Brooklyn, New York.
From 2015 to 2016, Graves was a columnist for the Village Voice, writing a food and music series called Recipe for Disaster. She has also written for The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rookie, and The Talkhouse; Racked praises her as "incredibly honest and thoughtful writer." Graves has drawn particular notice for commentary on topics like authenticity and double standards for women in music.
In 2014, Graves announced she would put out a solo record, as well as a split with Kevin Devine. She debuted the solo project's first song, "Take the Ghost to the Movies," in 2015. Stereogum called it "one of those songs that you want to blast in your headphones when the world feels like it’s too much and you want to block everything out, a noise dirge to silence the cacophony of the outside world."
In 2016, Graves became an anchor for MTV News.