Navarre’s Lounge has a real treat for our readers today! Please help me welcome Unusual Pleasures, the two-piece musical sensation based out of San Diego, California. Their alternative genre of music is sure to give you sounds unlike you have heard so far. Jude and Ryan have a myriad of influences that stem from the songs that were on repeat in their younger years, which include Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Hall and Oates, Prince, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Foals… The list goes on!
Jude shared a previous interview with me that really dove into the history of the band and gave us insight into more of their personal aspirations.
“I saw KISS when I was six years old and I remember asking my mom what they did for a living and she said, ‘just this’ and I was like holy shit, what a great idea.”
Early on, the two had small projects together, but Jude and Ryan continued to build a closer professional relationship and make the sounds that you hear today.
“Ryan has a long musical history of his own, but initially he played some bass and keys with one of my projects. Later we got together and started writing our own stuff. We hit it off right away. We have convergent tastes musically for sure, which really helps with the fourplay. I almost always like anything he plays me.”
The work that comes from these two is top grade, and this is one of those bands where you can tell that this craft comes to them naturally. Each work sounds effortless, and they continue to grow within their brand every time I hear a new song from them. Check out this excerpt from another interview:
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Maybe “I can’t Protect you.” I love Ryan’s bass playing and the mix is really spacious and eerie. The funny thing is I barely remember recording it. It was the last thing we did at the end of a long day in the studio is all I can recall. The vocals are about tech rage though, that feeling of hopelessness you get when you reach a tech support agent and you realize they just have no fucking clue what you’re trying to explain.
Moving our attention to their most recent release, “Lean”, the groove of this track is unmatched. You can hear a little piece of many of their influences in this music. That’s not even touching on the visuals of the music video. One playthrough will give you just a glance into the chaotically creative minds of Unusual Pleasures, and it is an incredibly beautiful sight to see. Their level of maturity with the sound is accented with clear cut words presented in their interview.
“I would like to think our belief that we shouldn’t be afraid to explore any style has influenced our work to be somewhat unpredictable. We do have a certain sensitivity to mood, message and melody, but absolutely no attachment to any particular genre or style. We sound like us and we hope that’s why people listen.”
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