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Cloud Nothings / Pleasure Leftists: Live in AllstonLive in Allston (2014)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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Fellow Clevelanders Pleasure Leftists opened up this Tuesday night gig at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA, a convenient few blocks where I recently moved. I made an effort to get there on time for them after checking out the opener online beforehand and being pleasantly, doubly surprised that the.
Fellow Clevelanders Pleasure Leftists opened up this Tuesday night gig at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA, a convenient few blocks where I recently moved. I made an effort to get there on time for them after checking out the opener online beforehand and being pleasantly, doubly surprised that they'd not only released material on reputable labels like Deranged and Katorga Works, but played really cool, relatively straightforward post-punk with Siouxsie-ish vocals. That's also basically what they served up during their no-frills, no-bullshit 24-minute set. They said practically nothing to the crowd (a preferable mode, honestly), simply jamming out one aggressive, punky post-punk cut after another. They were buoyed by just a pinch of dark atmosphere and a somewhat quirky frontwoman who seemed to be wearing a Yellow Power Ranger jumpsuit as embroidered by a Midwestern quinquagenarian at an arts and crafts fair. She was definitely the most energetic of her bandmates, swaying, pumping from one side of her body to the other, nearly jogging in place, like the fitness videos of the same era the band's main influences probably derive from. Definitely an enjoyable set, with the best song saved for last -- a slightly slower, more dynamic and accessible number.
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