credit: Ismael Quintanilla

Pleasure Venom

Explosive experimental garage punk outfit Pleasure Venom of Austin, TX, explores topics of love, sex, resentment, racial injustice, and the general “absurdity of it all,” consistently blasting audiences with a firehose deluge of fierce femme-punk rock. In July 2018, Afropunk named Pleasure Venom one of the Top 8 New Punk Bands on the Planet, and they showcased at SXSW Music Festival in spring 2019. Momentum building, the band caught the attention of Scottish powerhouse Shirley Manson of Garbage, and they joined Garbage’s 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 while playing Loud Women Fest in London that fall. They opened for Against Me! in Austin, TX, in late December 2019. The band entered 2021 with a bang, releasing “Fascist,” and "We Get What You Deserve," and playing Levitation Festival in Austin. 2022 will see Pleasure Venom playing SXSW Festival, touring, and releasing their LP. Their music and videos have been featured in NME, Kerrang!, Alt-Press, Afropunk, Okayafrica, and in numerous indie and local publications.

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