It brings me so much pleasure to share another fantastic track from the Oakland-based sextet, The Pleasure Routine. Taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Sugar Mountain,’ which I do believe is nearing completion, ‘Wires’ is the third single taken from this LP and is every bit as alluring as previous singles ‘Ruins’ and ‘Walk The Dog (Backwards)’.
More than just a combination of three guitars, a bass, keys, and drums, along with the occasional harmonica and tambourine, The Pleasure Routine captures a sound – much like The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds before them – that is conflicted between optimism, realism, doom and darkness where the tuneful balanced vocals of Kevin Sofsrud and Lauren Kopp intimately share their emotional tales of awkward youth, coming of age and disaffection.
Their classic rock sound is vast and dynamic and in their latest offering ‘Wires’ I can even hear hints of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’ echoing through the sultry into where a harmonica soars effortlessly over a bluesy guitar riff. It’s a great track that has a really atmospheric laid back feel, with smooth interacting vocals complimenting one another throughout. Yes, I think its safe to say that The Pleasure Routine are a sure-fire winner in my book, I can’t fault them and love their seriously magnetic sound.
Debut full-length ‘Sugar Mountain’ is due very soon and has been produced by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Ricky Maymi, watch this space!
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