The Pleasure Routine‘s pleasingly full sound isn’t accidental: It’s made by a band of six people. Based in Oakland, the sextet has rocked its way through the Bay with only one single under its belt. But That’s all changing: They’re releasing their debut LP Sugar Mountain very soon and from it, they’ve released their second single “Walk the Dog (Backwards).” Spoiler alert: It’s a doozy.
Wonderfully idiosyncratic, the rock ‘n’ raw they make hearkens back to that classic rock sound with a piano/guitar backbone, but wonky electric solos and raw vocals add a layer of sonic entropy to the mix. At the start, singer and guitarist Kevin Sofsrud’s vocals buzz in the lower register, almost conjuring a hushed feel, but by the chorus, they explode with raw energy in what they call a “primal scream aimed at the gods.” Member Lauren Kopp also contributes to a crazy vocal interplay in the climax. Relating to the title, there is some barking to be heard here. And yes, it’s by the members. All in all, it’s just a throbbing, sloppy, loud good time.
The track was produced by Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Greg Ashley (Gris Gris), who also play keyboards on their upcoming LP. The band are playing a headlining show this weekend at the Bottom of the Hill with a couple of other local folks, including the aforementioned Ashley, so you can catch their raw sonic magic very soon.