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January 27, 2023

Love Austin Music Month: Pleasure Venom

By: Laurie Gallardo

Photo: iq3 photography.

For the AMM, it started with the self-titled 2018 release by Pleasure Venom. Kick it off with opener “Hive” at earsplitting volume (though “I Can’t Find My Black Lipstick” is essential GRWM music). It’s a peek into the beginnings of a garage band too big for the damn garage. They were bursting at the seams. This nitro-fueled femme-fronted punk onslaught would explode its way into opening spots for artists like Garbage (not to mention praises from Shirley Manson herself on social media) and Against Me!, and an ACL Fest debut.

It’s just the beginning. As part of KUTX’s celebration of Love Austin Music Month, the AMM shines the spotlight on Pleasure Venom’s fearless full-length debut Rebirth/Return, produced by longtime friend, fan and collaborator Elliott Frazier (Ringo Deathstarr), and featuring a cover art portrait of songwriter/vocalist Audrey Campbell by ascending art star Dawn Okoro. This chapter of the journey opens the floodgates to a lyrical and rhythmic ferocity with renewed energy, and something more introspective.

Time to experience this live. Following their recent interview/performance for The Drop music series at Waterloo Records, Pleasure Venom does their big album release show tonight, Friday Jan. 27, at Hotel Vegas on E. 6th. And it’s totally family night with AMM faves Otis the Destroyer and BÖNDBREAKR on the bill. Doors at 9:30 p.m. Check your pulse at the door. Goin’ through the roof on this one.


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