- 06 Nov 15
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Before Pleasure Beach had even played one note in front of a crowd, their debut single ‘Go’ was earning them the kind of attention that most bands dream of. For good reason: it’s an open road, wind-in-your- hair cracker that has drawn comparisons to such songsmiths of epic Americana as Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire.
The new project was conceived when Alan and drummer Lisa spent six months housesitting; “We had this big house in absolutely the middle of nowhere, no other houses, and no shop. The weather was so bad you couldn’t even go for a walk in the country. I just holed up inside with a laptop and a guitar.”
The line-up was completed in Belfast early this year, where all five members shared an occupation. “We all worked in a coffee shop and it was about 30 seconds before we decided, 'Let’s go and hang out at the practice room and see what we can do.'"
The results will be released on October 30 with the Dreamer To The Dawn EP. After this the band will play their biggest dates yet, supporting The Vaccines on a short Irish tour, which includes a date with the grand dame of Dame Street. “I think The Olympia is pretty much my favourite live music venue in the world,” enthuses Alan. “I’ve always wanted to play there since I saw my first show there, which I think was Ryan Adams doing a really drunk solo acoustic gig in about 2008.”
HEAR: Go’ and ‘Dream to the Dawn’ here.
SEE: Pleasure Beach will support The Vaccines at The Olympia, Dublin on December 8 and The Limelight, Belfast on December 9.