Pleasure Leftists have been mired in doom and gloom since the post-punkers formed in 2010. After five years of singles and EPs, the Clevelanders are gearing up to release their first proper full length, The Woods of Heaven, later this month. Even though the band is overwhelmingly dark, their new single, “Protection”, adds enough tempo for even the most sullen punters to tap their feet and bob their heads. Its pace isn’t a surprise given some of Pleasure Leftists’ members’ hardcore pasts (9 Shocks Terror, Homostupids), and Haley Morris’ soaring howls ramp up its engulfing passion. Foreboding and bleak, yet constantly moving around quick, shiny guitars, “Protection” is a picture of grim intensity.
The Woods of Heaven is out August 21 on Deranged. Pleasure Leftists are currently on tour. Dates are below.
5 St. Louis, MO at Melt
6 Denver, CO at Club Scum
7 Salt Lake City, UT at Diabolical Records
8 Portland, OR at Anarres Infoshop & Community Space
9 Tacoma, WA at The New Frontier Lounge
10 Vancouver, BC at Black Lab
11 Calgary, AB at The Palomino Steakhouse
12 Edmonton, AB at The New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
13 Winnipeg, MB at The Handsome Daughter
14 Minneapolis, MN at Shat Basket
15 Chicago, IL at The Empty Bottle
30 Columbus, OH at Ace of Cups
7 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
8 Brooklyn, NY at The Wick