Explosive experimental garage punk outfit Pleasure Venom of Austin, TX, explores topics of love, sex, resentment, and the general “absurdity of it all,” consistently blasting audiences with a firehose deluge of fierce femme-punk rock. In July of 2018, Afropunk named Pleasure Venom one of the Top 8 New Punk Bands on the Planet, and they showcased with fellow Afropunk-certified Austin punks BLXPLTN at SXSW Music Festival in spring 2019. Momentum building, the band caught the attention of Scottish powerhouse Shirley Manson of Garbage, and they joined their US tour in early summer 2019. With several critically acclaimed EPs and video releases under their belt, Pleasure Venom set their sights across the pond, and toured the UK, playing Loud Women Fest in London early last fall.
Their videos have been featured in Afropunk and NME.
“…It was wild, careering and chaotic and Audrey [Campbell, singer] is just amazing. She’s so unique. In this climate, everyone is so homogenised. Female artists particularly sound like one another, then you get this wild firebrand and that’s exciting.”-Shirley Manson of Garbage in NME
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