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Pleasure Club
The Fugitive Kind

Pleasure Club, a latter-day Roxy Music, are the Next Big Thing That Never Was, quietly pumping out the kinda passionate rock music that is sorely missing in most parts these days. When the band dropped its debut album Here Comes the Trick in 2002, many rightfully assumed that Pleasure Club would go national and become big-time rock 'n' roll stars. The real trick came later when, after months of touring, the disc was largely ignored by the sweaty masses, who chose instead to listen to the White Hypes and company. Two years down the line and the band is back with a far more varied affair than TrickThe Fugitive Kind, which takes its name from a Tennessee Williams play. The Fugitive Kind is at times caustic (witness the menacing and paranoid "Cops and Criminals") and dismally ironic (see "I Ended Up With You"), but it's always engaging; hell, even the clunkers on the album ("Crooks" and "You Want Love") are better than most bands' biggest hit singles! In a perfect world, "High Five Hit Me" and "Seduction" would be top-10 chart hits but, alas, we do not live in a perfect world. Lyrically, the songs move from being soaked in irony ("I wanted someone who was faithful and true, I ended up with you...") to being drenched in angst ("If there's a cause for doing right, I don't know what it is...") and musically the band moves all over the board, à la the aforementioned Roxy Music, from punk to funk to goth. Hell, "On Holy Land" even has Latin flavor to it! Singer James Hall's voice is swaggering and smooth, his distinctive croon anchors the music, which is somewhat hard to pin down. Are Pleasure Club rock? Soul? Hell if I know — the only thing I can say for sure is that the band creates music that is earnest and powerful, music that would sound corny in anyone else's hands. Somehow Pleasure Club are able to present straightforward rock music that is challenging and fun and never dumb. In their hometown of New Orleans, Pleasure Club can't even sell out small club shows — I know this heartbreaking fact because I've been to almost every gig the band has played in The Big Easy in the past two years and I haven't gone home from any of those shows feeling even one ounce of disappointment. There's really no good goddamned reason why a band this goddamned good should continue to toil in obscurity, so do your part and join the Club — pick up The Fugitive Kind today and thank me tomorrow.

by Joseph Larkin

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