Although the city itself is undeniably rough around the edges, Birmingham’s music scene is quite the opposite. Over the past few years, the second city has been home to some incredible new talent, from JAWS to Swim Deep, ensuring the rest of the music world stand up and take notice.
Pleasure House are the next band vying to add their names to the ever-growing list of Brummie talent, and their debut EP ‘Show Your Colours’ is sure to put them on the map.
Inviting us into the EP is ‘Cyan,’ as vibrant as any opening track, with crisp vocals and gorgeous riffs to entice the listener in. And once drawn in, you’re hooked: exploring the delightful mixture of both delicate and thrashing sounds that, once combined, create the perfectly balanced musical cocktail for you to enjoy.
It’s a powerfully pleasant opening to their debut EP, and Pleasure House don’t let up from there; ‘Wasted On Me’ takes the baton and sprints ahead, with a catchy, continuous drum beat and an anthemic chorus that carries the song through to its close.
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The mid-point of the four-track EP takes a slight turn in sound, showcasing a more playful side to the four-piece and a shift in tempo. ‘Why D’you Have To Go’ definitely has a more upbeat feel than its predecessors; with the intro reminiscent of fellow Brummie band Swim Deep – they even include the similar “woo” that opens ‘Honey.’ But once again, Pleasure House truly make the song their own, from the repeated refrains that remain stuck in your head, to their all round infectious energy that you can’t help but admire.
EP closer ‘M.O.B’ continues in the same vein. Thrashing guitar and drums open the track before being joined by fierce vocals, in a song that you can imagine would pack a real punch when performed live. Arguably the most energetic of the four tracks on ‘Show Your Colours,’ ‘M.O.B’ is where you feel Pleasure House really come into their own. It’s a track fuelled by passion, driven by real talent.
The power in the delivery of all four tracks shows an admirable confidence for a band releasing their debut EP. But Pleasure House have every right to feel sure of themselves.
‘Show Your Colours’ is out on the 8th April.
This Pleasure House article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Fraisia Dunn.