Pleasure House // Interview

The four-piece from the Midlands have matured their sound since last time we heard from them, with latest single ‘Calm’ having a much more polished feel. With an EP due on 26th May, this year is set to be a big one!

I had a few questions for them regarding the future and here’s what they had to say:

1. You’ve been lucky enough to support some major bands, some of which include Black Honey and Sundara Karma – what was your experience like supporting them at a show and did you learn anything from these opportunities?

I think every show you play is an opportunity to learn something new, but it’s especially significant when it’s supporting people you really aspire to. I’ve been following Black Honey from the early days in Brighton so to then be warming up hundreds of their fans is such an honour. Bands like that are solid examples of believing the hype, and you need to see it live for it to truly sink in.

2. You’ve got a busy summer ahead of you, you’re playing various festivals and also have a UK tour lined up for May and June, what have you got lined up for the tour?

We’ve got a brand new set, and it’s gonna be showcasing the tunes off the EP, some oldies and even a couple of new new songs. We’ve been rehearsing it like little squirrels and we genuinely can’t wait to take it on the road. We’ve taken out some of the electronics we used to roll with and it’s given the whole show a more energetic, scuzzier vibe and we can’t wait to get everyone involved.

3. What’s the general sound of your new EP? And what’s your favourite track from it and why?

It’s really hard to stick the EP sound into one box, because the tracks all have their own individual identity – but it’s basically indie rock pulled backwards through a bush of psychedelia and surf. Bruce Rintoul produced the EP and he was an integral part of carving out the overall sound, and having worked with bands like Twin Atlantic and Fatherson we knew we were in the safest hands when it came to making a relevant and hard-as-fucking-nails record. Choosing a favorite is like picking your favorite child, but if I had to say it would probably be Sleepwalking – I’ve been recently obsessed by bands like The Wytches and The Blinders so this is like our ode to the scuzzy surf rock vibe.

4. Do you remember the first song you played together? And do you still like to play it to this day?

Like it was yesterday… it was the demo I’d written just before I moved back to Birmingham that was the eventual catalyst for the beginning of Pleasure House as we know it. We don’t play it anymore but Blow My Mind will still remain in my heart somewhere.

5. What has been your favourite venue to play at so far? Why is it so special to you?

The Sunflower Lounge still remains my favorite, because it’s like our spiritual home. In fact it’s probably the spiritual home of Birmingham music, period. You always hear tales of old about legendary venues that were the stamping ground for musical heroes and I have no doubt that The Sunny will go down in B-town history, if not the world.

6. How do you find inspiration for your songs? Is it personal experience or are you inspired by other music, books etc?

Writing music is a very cathartic experience and this couldn’t be more true for myself personally. The inspiration for my songs usually comes what’s happening in my head. It’s especially hard nowadays to be ignorant to what’s going on in the world and this naturally seeps into my creativity. I think it’s easy to write songs about love, or one night stands, or breaking up – but writing about things that actually pain you to write is considerably more difficult. But if a listener can listen to your lyrics and think “Yeah, I get that too,” then it’s worth the pain.

7. Which band/artist made you realise you wanted to pursue a career in music?

David Bowie. He was my catalyst and also my rebirth. When I first starting playing guitar I used to jam his greatest hits with my mom (who is the biggest Bowie fan I know). When he died, I was forced to reassess myself as an artist and question if I could ever achieve the same kind of artistry that he achieved. It was deafening as well as incredibly inspiring, because I knew that I had to change up my game. When I was writing the new EP I suddenly found myself pushing myself to go further, and I really tortured myself doing so, totally inspired by the man who had inspired me since I started.

8. You’ve played plenty of gigs together, but what has been your most memorable gig?

Again, The Sunflower Lounge is probably up there. We sold out our last show there and the vibe in there just allows people to lose their shit. We also played a festival in the Czech Republic with fellow Brummies, Swim Deep, and that was pretty damn memorable. The reactions from the crowds over there was crazy, the nights were a party and we all caught sun tans.

9. If you, as a band, could only listen to three albums for the rest of your lives, what would they be?

Wow. That’s hard. Okay well I’d definitely like Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ for the rest of my life. I’d add Steel Pulse’s ‘Handsworth Revolution’ for good local measure. Then, because it’s a solid favourite in our camp right now, as well as being stupidly diverse, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s album ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’.

10. What is your biggest ambition as a band for the future?

We want to keep doing this, and reach as many people as possible. Fame and riches has never been my driving force as an artist or as a human, I’m more than content in trying to be a positive influence on people, and if I can do that by singing my lungs out and getting sweaty on stage then I’ll be living a happy life.

Thankyou to Pleasure House for kindly answering our questions! We can’t wait for the new EP!

(Feature Image Courtesy of Band Management)

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