Couple of weeks ago I saw four bands at an interesting venue. The Monroe Hall is a dance hall from a different times. The walls’ wooden panels host lot of relics from agricultural and hunting times. It was like stepping into a world that was hidden from me.
The main band, Pleasure Leftists, reminded me the 80’s in so many ways. Their sound was a typical post-punk, similar to joy Division and other bands too. I grew up on that stuff, so was happy to hear a fresh variation of it. The singress’ cloth also reminded me of that era. Even her dancing consisted of the kind of steps we did back in high-school. Yet it was not a total memory trip, because the circumstances were so different. The room was weird, the stage was low, the audience was young (and me not so much.) I was toying with the idea of buying one of their t-shirts, but probably wouldn’t want to wear it, so instead I purchased their record (online, because I am trying to reduce my CD collection not grow it.)
Next up was The Down House, with two female members. Their version of pop-punk–rock was fun, but would have been even better with a working mike for the singer. They tried two, but ended up doing an accidentally instrumental set.
The third band was Face The Rail from San Francisco. Nice, energetic hardcore with quite a stage presence. Again the mike could have been better, but I don’t complain, because they finally got some audience participation in a minor version of a mosh-pit.
The “headliner” band, Pleasure Leftists, from Cleveland Ohio, started so late that they only had a chance to play 8 songs, before the venue had to shut down. The video below is part of the playlist that includes all 16 songs I recorded that evening.