FOR FANS OF: TALKING HEADS, DEVO, GARY NUMAN
Artificial Pleasure are a London based quartet formed in early 2016. The band consists of Phil McDonnell (vocals, guitars), Dom Brennan (synths), Lee Jordan (drums) and Rich Zbaraski (bass) joining the line-up.
Following their first release at the end of 2016, the band kick off 2017 as one of NME’s Top 10 Artists to watch, calling their music “irresistible funk-punk with thrusting sleazy grooves.” The Guardian called them “supercharged pop” while Stereogum said they were “a versatile outfit that tie many different influences and genres into tight, hypnotic knots.”
Working previously as Night Engine, the band assumed the new name following line-up changes and a renewed focus in their sound. The music has subtly shifted, crystallising into something altogether bolder and tougher.
The tracks find their roots in childhoods spent listening to Atlantic Soul, with an adolescence firmly shaped by the energy of Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Joy Division, The Velvet Underground and Gary Numan.