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Pleasure Leftists, Vincas, Harsh Words


Cleveland, OH post-punks Pleasure Leftists are among the best in the game at reshaping time-tested sounds into something fresh and dangerous. Bassist Steve Peffer and guitarist Kevin Jaworski, both of legendary hardcore band 9 Shocks Terror, and drummer Mark TerVeen set a gloomy pace for Haley Morris’ nerve-racking yet melodic vocals. Despite the band’s impressive back catalog, Morris’ intense and unpredictable stage presence gives Pleasure Leftists a sound best experienced live. Toss in local punks Harsh Words, led by a fellow 9 Shocks Terror expat in Jason Griffin, and psychedelic noise rockers Vincas, and you’ve got an evening of intense creativity inspired by the Midwest’s rich underground legacy.