The Stripminers, The Pleasure Kills
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
“Dry and tough as mule jerky, sexy as a swayed hip, the music weaves elements of electro-dance, Byrd’s-era country rock, inner-space jazz, and gnomic meditations in the manner of Spiritualized and Pink Floyd into a sound that’s unaffectedly homey, profoundly ambitious, and frankly revolutionary.” --LA CityBeat
“This ... group out of Joshua Tree is a weird – and promising – amalgam. They appear ready to claim a place in the line of self-reliant, independent-minded artists who germinated in Southern California’s deserts, from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in the 1960’s to Queens of the Stone Age in the ‘90s.” --Los Angeles Times
Founded in 2004 by Jesika von Rabbit and Todd Rutherford in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California Gram Rabbit quickly gained attention for their offbeat styles as well as their decidedly bent take on modern music. Using beats, twangy guitars, programmed samples, a healthy dose of mind-altering lyrical illusion and super-charged sexual energy, Gram Rabbit were hailed as best new LA Band in 2005 at the LA Weekly Music Awards.
Momentum built as the band sold out West Coast clubs and earned rave reviews in monthly, daily and International publications. Their rapid ascent from outsiders to the top of the L.A. club scene could be attributed to the dichotomy of their audience. Well-heeled
hipsters in low-slung jean and ironic t-shirts could be found next to actress Scarlet Johansson. Uberfan John Cusack rounded out his iTunes celebrity playlist with music from the band. It's easy to see how the bands classy image combined with it's dirty sound was a lethal combination for their divergent audience.
After meeting via the Sugar Knives song/video “Who’s To Blame” (in which both star as quarreling lovers who end up duking it out in a boxing ring), Brett Anderson, vocalist for rock/pop dynamos The Donnas, and Paul Stinson from punkers The Radishes, knew they had a musical bond. After talking on video set, the duo decided to write and record some more songs with producer Scrote (who also produced the Sugar Knives album). Scrote, in turn, brought in a veteran lineup of LA heavyweights, including Brett Simons on bass, DJ Bonebrake on drums, Chris Bruce on guitar, and Scrote himself on various instruments, to record what ended up being two albums worth of material. After an initial teaser 7” in summer of 2011, The Stripminers are now releasing their debut album. The album is a highly eclectic and varied mix of punk, alternative country, garage and rock.
Standout tracks include the twangy alt-country duet, “Better Than A Song”, with both vocalists cooing about love for a partner being greater than that of music. Showing their punk roots, “Get Out” demonstrates the band’s extraordinary ability to blend genres, here with honkey-tonk touches over spitfire vocal sparring. The equally lively “Unnatural Lovers” and “You Make Dyin’ Fun” are straight-up punk scorchers, with Pixies-esque guitar squealing from Scrote, Chris Bruce and guest Reeves Gabrels taking the spotlight. On the album’s softer side, “Like a Harp” is a gorgeous indie rock ballad that highlights Anderson’s seductive vocal talents.
The Pleasure Kills
Great local grrrl-fronted punky power-pop! "This is absolutely pure power pop goodness, complete with sticky sweet female vocals. This is what heaven is like, I am sure of it." --Maximum Rock N Roll
"Like Blondie, The Go-Go's and Joan Jett ... The Pleasure Kills deliver a pop-perfect combination of bubblegum hooks and punk grit." --Oklahoma Gazette
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