TUNE Artificial Pleasure - All I Got
Artificial Pleasure introduced themselves in enthralling style last year with the introductory track ‘Bolt From The Blue’ and their full debut single ‘I’ll Make It Worth Your While’. The London-based quartet shot in at #6 on NME’s 100 New Artists for 2017 list and saw ‘I’ll Make It Worth Your While’ make The Guardian’s Best Tracks of 2016 list – and along the way earned glowing comparisons with Talking Heads, David Bowie and The 1975.
Now Artificial Pleasure can present a brand new track in the shape of ‘All I Got’. It features on their forthcoming EP ‘Like Never Before’ which follows on April 21st. They’ve also announced that they’ll play their debut headline show at London’s Camden Assembly on April 25th.
Produced and mixed by the band, ‘All I Got’ is powerfully precise funk powered with an incendiary alt-rock power and piercing synths – it’s akin to a melting pot of Talking Heads, Gang of Four and Jane’s Addiction reimagined for the present day. It’s a track which maintains the essence of what made their first tracks so exciting while also demonstrating the band’s ability to confidently push their sound forward.
Artificial Pleasure were formed by childhood friends Phil McDonnell (vocals/guitar) and Dom Brennan (synths) from the ashes of their previous band Night Engine who also featured drummer Lee Jordan. Collectively inspired by artists as diverse as Joy Division, Iggy Pop, DAF and Earth, Wind & Fire, their new name heralded a fresh run of inspiration as their sound became both bigger and more boisterous. The line-up was recently solidified with the addition of the classically trained bassist Rich Zbaraski, who recently toured with Rationale.
The band maintain a firm DIY ethic. Almost all of their material is self-produced and self-mixed, with McDonnell and Brennan leading the way with the arrangements before Brennan’s self-taught engineering skills heighten the strength of the finished track. All of the songs are written with live performance in mind – the result being an exertion of raw energy: no tricks or gimmicks, just pure adrenaline.
Artificial Pleasure’s debut show late last year prompted Q to note “They’re the only band I’ve seen to channel both Bryan Ferry and Sid Vicious.” Having subsequently played the New Cross Inn as part of Independent Label Week, they’ve also been confirmed to play Live At Leeds in April.