Shame on you my sweet, dear music industry. Why have you not embraced Pleasure Club yet? Put your Halo 2 game on pause for a few hours and check out one of the greatest live bands on the planet. The band’s home is divided between New Orleans and Los Angeles, giving them the perfect balance of voodoo magic and glam. I was fortunate enough to witness the raw rock power of Pleasure Club last night at NYC’s Sin-e. Frontman James Hall commands the stage like no other, demanding attention from every ear in the room. His intimidating stage presence makes you ponder if he is a crazed genius as he glares into the crowd. Hall is backed by some of the most talented musicians around, with Grant Curry on bass, Marc Hunter on guitar, and Michael Jerome on drums. This band is dangerous and seemingly on the verge of spiraling out of control. By pushing their music to these extreme limits, you get to experience a rock show like no other.
One person described attending a Pleasure Club show is like going to church. It is powerful, spiritual, and life changing. They were right on. From the opening seconds of “Hey Hey Hey”, it was obvious that this was no ordinary rock concert. Walls of the most beautifully noisy feedback erupted from Hunter’s guitar, complimenting Hall’s patented howling vocals. The volume and magnificently controlled chaos was nearly overwhelming, causing eardrums to rupture and souls to be shaken. “Cops And Criminals”, which is off their new album The Fugitive Kind, reached sonic heights that would make most rock bands weak in the knees. Just when I thought I had figured this band out, Hall removes a trumpet from its case and belts out some Latin flare during “On Holy Land.” The highlight of the evening was “Permanent Solution”, which is off their debut album Here Comes The Trick. Hall sings “and you’ll wonder why you started for”, pauses, and then erupts into screaming fits of rage backed by the violent rock machine that is Pleasure Club. This band is the real f*cking deal.
For those of you in the NYC area, make sure to catch this band tonight at Pianos. Check their official site for more information and tour dates.