The Pleasure Kills
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The Pleasure Kills

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Punk


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"Bring Me A Match" is a time warp from the days before autotune ... There's not a single bad song on here ... if this had been released thirty years ago, an entire subculture would now regard it as a cult classic"

. - Lucid Culture

"Lydiot's vocals-how she can simultaneously channel great female pop divas of the past like Martha Davis of the Motels, Jill Kossoris of the Shivvers or even Debbie Harry without making it sound rehashed is what makes this stand out ... this is a winner al"


"It seems I've discovered my favorite new band ... a must-have record for anyone who loves powerpop ... a la Josie Cotton circa Convertible Music ... Both songs are fantastic"

- - Now Wave

"This is pop music at its finest ... pure of heart, getting stuck in your brain ... a refreshing alternative to the crowded and muddled music of the current American underground ... A definite must"

- - Seven Ten Twelve

"you can't deny that this one is a hit ... Nikki Corvette-y ... All you neo-power-popsters out there should dig this"

- - Terminal Boredom

"either tune here conceivably being a minor hit back when power pop wasn't retro"

- - Razorcake

"sounding a LOT like vintage Blondie ... This is the kind of song that you find yourself singing on the way to the train ... Awesomely catchy"

- - Lucid Culture

"you're attracted to the sheer fun of this power punk pop but there's something dangerous there of course, lurking under the surface"

- - Seven Inches

"This is absolutely pure power pop goodness, complete with sticky sweet female vocals. This is what heaven is like, I am sure of it."

- - Maximum Rock N Roll

"Anyone who spends their days celebrating Blondie and their nights mourning the decline of Joan Jett, take heart"

- - Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)

"taut songs cracking and humming like a very live wire, with sparks flying everywhere. Their frontwoman Lydiot isn't doing Joan Jett or Debbie Harry or anyone for that matter—she's doing Lydiot, plain and simple."

- - Portland Mercury

"The Pleasure Kills won my Best of Show tonight ... rollicking hi-energy powerpop stick-in-your-head melodies & fun fun fun performance of the style that few bands play anymore"

- - Wig Wam Bam

"Like Blondie, The Go-Go's and Joan Jett ... The Pleasure Kills deliver a pop-perfect combination of bubblegum hooks and punk grit"

- - Oklahoma Gazette


2010: "Bring Me A Match" LP and CD
2009: "Dancing On My Bed" b/w "Touch Too Much" CDR EP
2008: "Mission Boy" b/w "Pictures On The Floor" 7" vinyl
2007: "Smash Up The Radio" b/w "Over And Over" 7" vinyl

All releases on Polypore Records



Blasting out of San Francisco--frequently compared to Blondie, Nikki Corvette, Josie Cotton, and Joan Jett--The Pleasure Kills play powerpop, new wave, and punk!

Girl-fronted, with irresistible hooks and bubblegum organ sounds, The Pleasure Kills are unabashedly fun. Their recordings may be pop-perfect, but there's a serious punk toughness and grit underlying the sweetness. On stage, they're wild and play with unbridled energy and ferocity. Lead singer Lydiot's superstar voice, dynamic stage presence, and cover-girl looks make her a quintessential pop queen.

Formed in San Francisco in 2007, the band's unique sound resulted from an error in planning and execution: they wanted to be punk rock but wrote pop songs. Reviews of the first single tagged their music as powerpop, and an appearance at the 2008 Wild Weekend Powerpop festival in Austin with classic acts like The Boys, Pointed Sticks, 20-20 and Nikki Corvette solidified the genre classification.

Listeners often say the band has an 80s sound, and reviewers have mentioned the "Valley Girl" soundtrack. Guitarist James Jameson says, "The 80s thing is accidental, and isn't anything we were aiming for. That's just the way we naturally play the songs. I'm a big fan of the classic powerpop bands, but I think a lot of our stuff kind of sounds more new wave than powerpop." Vocalist Lydiot adds, "I really love sugary sweet catchy hooks in the songs I write, but I also like to mix in a little grime and spit along with some heartbreak and whiskey on the side." Organist Jeffrey Ject says, "I get thrilled every time someone mentions a band like The Shivvers or Nikki And The Corvettes when talking about us. I totally dig that stuff. What helps make our sound interesting and unique is that everyone in the band has a somewhat different set of musical influences." Bassist A-Dutch says, "I like poppy girl groups and Ramones-style punk rock, and I get both of those in The Pleasure Kills!"

Ultimately, The Pleasure Kills music is instantly familiar while simultaneously sounding new and modern. The catchy melodies and driving beats hook the listener, and further spins reveal careful construction and songcraft underneath.

In the summer of 2010, the band visited all parts of the U.S. on a six week tour extravaganza in support of the "Bring Me A Match" album. While in the Northeast, the band supported SF punk legends The Avengers on multiple dates and played live on WFMU.

2010's "Bring Me A Match" album continues the success of the three previous singles ("Dancing On My Bed", 2009; "Mission Boy", 2008; and “Smash Up The Radio”, 2007, sold out). The album is distributed by Revolver, garnered significant college radio airplay and accolades from a variety of pundits, and appeared on a number of Best Of 2010 lists.

The band supported Kepi Ghoulie (ex-Groovie Ghoulies) on a full national tour in Summer 2009, and they toured the Southwest in Summer 2008. They played the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco in 2010 (Yo La Tengo, Best Coast, Ted Leo, etc.), Insubordination Fest in Baltimore in 2009 (Dead Milkmen, Dilinger 4, Pansy Division, etc.), the Wild Weekend Powerpop Fest in Austin in 2008 (The Boys, Pointed Sticks, 20-20, Nikki Corvette, etc.), and the Slabtown Bender fest in Portland in 2009 and 2008 (Mudhoney, Jack Oblivian, Pierced Arrows, etc.). Outside of the festivals, they've shared the stage with bands including The Avengers, Chixdiggit, The Cute Lepers, Davila 666, Earthmen And Strangers, Gentleman Jesse And His Men, Gorevette, The Girls, Grass Widow, Harlem, Head, King Louie One Man Band, Lords Of Altamont, Nobunny, Nous Non Plus, Paul Collins' Beat, Quintron And Miss Pussycat, The Rantouls, Jay Reatard, River City Tanlines, Riverboat Gamblers, Slow Club, The Tranzmitors, Wax Museums, and White Mystery.

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