Above image: Comrade Mike of Hard Left at La Cita in downtown Los Angeles.
Nothing makes me happier than photographing people collectively losing their minds at shows. High energy is what I like and that is exactly what I got when I was asked to photograph Hard Left’s record release party earlier this month during Punky Reggae Party at La Cita. Go see a show at La Cita if you’re cravin’ a little facetime with your favorite band. There’s no pretension here, the dance floors are worn and true, the stage is at an unaffected eye level, and the ceiling is a testimony of epic party-scenes-past.
Hard Left never fails to deliver, the proof is in the photos. Scroll down and see for yourself.
“Hard Left is a hard mod band from members of Lunchbox, Boyracer and Black Tambourine. Hard Left wear their politics on their sleeves. Hard Left hearken back to the early days of punk to tell stories about NOW and to motivate the listeners. Hard Left is about action – lift every voice and chant, join arms and resist.” – Hard Left
“We Are Hard Left” is the debut album from Hard Left. Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage — Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left’s songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.
Hard Left are = Mike: exhortations, Donna: bass, vocals, Tim: guitar, vocals, Stewart: drums, vocals
“We Are Hard Left” was recorded August 2014 at Emotional Response (Flagstaff, AZ). This is Future Perfect Records 003, released 12 May 2015.