Austin-based post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom continues to blaze a trail towards big things with the release of their recent self-titled project. Their sound has always been immediate, in-your-face and powerful, and Pleasure Venom captures every bit of that energy and then some. The music is mixed powerfully, lead singer Audrey Campbell‘s performances are on the money, and the cover art by Dawn Okoro is powerful in its simplicity and stark nature, as if to add an air of respect and honor to the music that cannot be ignored and must be acknowledged. If this project doesn’t shake some cages and put them on the map then I don’t know what will, as they’ve been making all the right moves as of recently. Definitely check this one out, share it around and support the band via a purchase if you can, because every little bit of exposure and compensation made helps.
Being cast for the upcoming indie short film I AM TX has been the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did it enrich existing friendships, I’ve gotten lucky enough to make new ones that have been mutually beneficial. Getting to know Audrey Campbell of Pleasure Venom has been one of the most inspirational results of that bit of luck. Pleasure Venom was in the midst of a transition during the film’s production, with a goal of hitting a newly renewed stride in the months following. Fast forward to now, and Campbell has a handful of music video director credits under her belt, including the recent These Days, which was premiered by AFROPUNK. The video is a straight forward affair for the most part… dark field, beat down surroundings, immaculately dressed band giving you the musical business, and Campbell overseeing the entirety of events like a boss, plus cameos from Dawn Okoro, Asha Lanae, and Gerilyn Hayes. Drummer Thomas Valles pulled double duty as well, both performing in and editing the video. Things really get interesting in the alternate, VR version, however, an achievement in its own right :
Being literally surrounded by Pleasure Venom is definitely a memorable experience. I look forward to supporting them further, sharing more of their work, and watching them rise to new heights.
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