We’ve been gushing over PLEASURES for the past few months now (they even got a Best of the Bay award this year), but Katherine Kelly’s latest, and maybe greatest project is a total trip, and worthy of another plug. The former Sons of Hippies principal sounds like she’s swimming near the surface of a fishbowl on “Everything Forever,” the lead-off track on the debut outing from her new band. Things just get weirder from there. Her PLEASURES bandmates are synthesizer freaks who operate amps and instruments as if demented surgeons on a quest to create some kind of new sonic Frankenstein. It’s all tied together in a ready-for-orbit package that was clearly delivered by some kind of psychedelic, mushroom-taking postman.
CREATIVE LOAFING TAMPA
"Kelly’s clear angelic vocals twist into strangely-shaped words and bizarre utterances that evoke Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki, her Pleasures' expansive tripped-out music full of spacey wailing and warped guitar sounds, and pulsating bass grooves that, paired with synth sonics that stutter, skitter, flit, fleet and spread in washing torrents, have a definite Krauty/psychedelic appeal."
CREATIVE LOAFING TAMPA
"I shouldn't have been out, my brain was already dog meat from lack of sleep but I thought I'd pop into the Prospector to hear some of my favs. I was about to leave when it happened. Drawn in by the amount of equipment and long-fingered psychedelic shadows dancing on a kick drum, I decided to stay. It was like being warmly embraced by highly advanced bee drones pleasure stinging me with pearls of sound and space..Fucking weird, right? I questioned myself..Is this really this good? Had the bartender's heavy handed pour finally begun to take its toll?..Then my vulva started to tingle and that's how I knew..This was some really good shit! Then a trusted on-looker turned to me and mouthed "Fucking Good". I knew what I was hearing was true and I thought that more people should have been there to witness it. They're called PLEASURES They're on tour from Florida. This is the only song I found. If you like it "like" them..So that the next time they're in your town you'll know and you'll make it out and share an experience. I hope they come back soon. You know how sometimes when you think that something is really really good, you just want to share it with all your friends..it's like that."
Christina Elaine Vasquez
-Long Beach, CA 3/23/15
I've been gushing about Pleasures since catching the Sarasota quartet a few weeks, their dark, experimental pop-noise and tripped-out space rock odyssey sound powered by Sons of Hippies former Katherine Kelly on raging guitar and sweetly biting lead vocals along with synthesizer maestro Greg Ferris, whose support intones get eerie effects in the ominously propulsive "Honeypot"