I typically steer clear of sharing music that’s commercially available, but I’m making a semi-objection to that rule here. More about the mechanics of that in a moment, and why you should consider supporting some of this band’s proper releases in a moment. Let me formally introduce you to the Pleasure Leftists, a now potentially defunct Cleveland, OH aggregation that should settle the notion once and for all that there is indeed current music that’s still substantive and moving. Helmed by Haley Morris, she commandeers her three male compatriots through a churning, whirling maelstrom of post-punk-cum-darkwave rock, bristling with tension and density, bearing an unmistakable reverence for melody. Given Morris’ ceaseless, banshee-like wail comparisons to (you guessed it) Siouxsie and the Banshees might be inevitable, but in fairness, that class of ’77 never quite served their shtick up this relentlessly heavy and pounding. Over the course of two eps and 2015’s Woods of Heaven, the Leftists quality control is/was strenuous, making damn sure every ounce of energy seeping from the pores of this co-ed quartet counted in a colossal way. Visceral, baby.
So, what exactly is that blueish blob in the upper-right corner? It’s the cover of a limited and very lo-fi Pleasure Leftists cassette, featuring music from the group’s 2011 & 2013 eps, both of which are conveniently self-titled. The only unreleased goodie here is a cover of the Cure’s “One Hundred Years,” which commences side two. Presumably printed up to sell at live gigs (I bought mine at a record show), the fidelity of this tape is meager at best, with the vinyl and officially released digital versions far outstripping it. But to give you a taste of what this band has to offer I’m sharing this in full…at a mere 56 kbps, a paltry rip compared to the typical 320 kbps I tend to offer. Also, I didn’t separate the tracks. Why? To encourage you to purchase the considerably better sounding iterations of these recordings physically on wax or legally sanctioned MP3s. Give both sides of this cartridge a whirl, feast on the ample goth-y mystique, and support the Leftists on the platform of your choice – iTunes, Amazon, emusic, and if you want to locate actual vinyl specimens, may I suggest you try here.
Side one: Animal Heart/Future Fights/Passage on a Ghost Ship/Nature of Feelings/Morning in a Room/Suits
Side two: 100 yrs/Hunger Split/Not Over/Elephant Men
Articles Origin: Pleasure Leftists – tape (2011-13)