Pleasure Forever / Alter - SP666
The mysterious imagery and allusions to dark excess on Pleasure Forever’s self-titled debut was often considered a concept album that celebrated living life on the brink of collapse (landing on Buddyhead.com’s “Best of 2001” list with the following: "Songs about drugs and orgies made with only guitar, piano, and drums’) The trio’s second full-length for Sub Pop is as intense, brooding and taut as we’ve come to expect. But, there’s an increased emphasis on the payoff, the catharsis at the root of all good, visceral rock and roll. With Alter Pleasure Forever sounds evermore lush, heavy and sinister while maintaining its warped ’60s pop undercurrent. The new record combines the swooning melodies and lyrical riddles of The Smiths with the ominous tone of early Black Sabbath and the haunting essence of antique American music. Pleasure Forever was once known as SLAVES and all three members played previously in The VSS.
Released: May 6, 2003
Pleasure Forever / Pleasure Forever - SP561
Pleasure Forever – the San Francisco trio formerly known as SLAVES – is the musical embodiment of that orgone enigma of human will and desire. Compromised of the deceptively simple instrumentation of piano, guitar and drums, Pleasure Forever fuses the utopian ecstasy of ’60s psychedelic pop with the sinister undercurrents of ’70s hedonist claustrophobia/ The resulting album is a surreal vision of humanity, both ancient and contemporary, that embraces collapse as much as it yearns toward infinity.
Released: 2001-06-05 (CD), 2001-07-17 (2xLP), 2001-06-05 (MP3s)