Since I don't go to shows much anymore, grabbing random demos and getting pleasantly blown away has replaced the excitement of discovering bands the more preferred way (live). Although places like bandcamp remove some of the mystique of the demo experience, at least the bands are getting more exposure (and bloggers get to spotlight certain bands to like-minded people... hey, maybe this blog isn't completely useless after all). So on to the spotlight band, Vicious Pleasures, fired from that musical birth machine of Portland, Oregon. By now we know that location doesn't necessarily mean much in this case, except for the higher potential for quality. Therefore I'll describe VP as playing modern peace punk which reminds me of the slower-paced material from Signal Lost, minus the noodle-y guitar leads. A formula like this leaves the vocalist exposed and vulnerable, and only one with charisma like Sara can hold things together. Her pipes and style will appeal to fans of that gutsy, rock-crossover approach put on the map by bands like Icon Gallery, Godless, and, yes, Signal Lost. The five-track demo is not only promising, it's a great listen and has excellent sound quality for a first outing. So that you enjoy an almost authentic demo experience, I ripped my tape copy, but you can get a free digital download from the band.
"Dear bicycle, I shall not call you bike, you were green, like so many of your generation, I don't know why. It is a pleasure to meet it again. To describe it at length would be a pleasure. It had a little red horn instead of the bell fashionable in your days. To blow this horn was a real pleasure, almost a vice... What a rest to speak of bicycles and horns."