Best Of 2017

BEST DEMONIC FEVER DREAM: Pleasures, Fucked Up Dreams Come True


Is Pleasures the the most truly psychedelic rock band in the Bay area? Probably. Its Robert Jensen-directed video for “Gemini Twin” finds frontwoman Katherine Kelly & co. in a stop-motion clip where mutated dolls crawl and drive around while technicolor visuals and demonic hallucinations fade in and out in the background. The album is the sound of the devil getting hold of an MPC while every demented soul he’s been left with in hell fills the figurative studio with strange howling noises all running through a pedal board only an octopod could navigate. Scary, sexy stuff. —Ray Roa