Grave Pleasures (ex-Beastmilk) + Desperate Journalist
Self-styled apocalyptic post punks, Grave Pleasures (ex-Beastmilk) were one of the most talked-about bands in recent times. Loved by metalheads, indie kids and gothic punks alike, the band looked unstoppable.
Then the beginning of the year ushered in the end of an era, with the departure of guitarist Johan ‘Goatspeed’ Snell. But it wasn’t the end. Not even close. With a new name, a new line-up that resembles an underground dream team, a new album set to be recorded in May and the ink still drying on a deal with Sony Epic, 2015 is shaping up to be there year Grave Pleasures explode into the limelight where they belong.
To help them do so, ex-Beastmilk members Mat ”Kvohst” McNerney on vocals and bassist Valtteri Arino, along with Swedish guitarist and songwriter Linnéa Olsson (formerly of The Oath), set out to create their favourite band; A pack of fearless players, with a non-regulated sense of creativity and energy. Open-minded punks, skilled and hungry to take this death rock party to the next level.
They found what they were looking for in session guitarist Juho Vanhanen – a musician by profession with a tasteful sense of haunting melodies and eerie sounds. His screaming Telecaster is one of the trademarks of the much respected psychedelic black metal outfit Oranssi Pazuzu.
And they found it in Uno Bruniusson – arguably one of the best rock drummers of his generation. Having co-founded and played in Sweden’s In Solitude for the entire 13 years of its existence, Uno helped not only revive heavy metal, but ultimately re-shape it into something far more urgent and current. His drumming was a constant cause of jaw-dropping admiration during the 2014 autumn tour that In Solitude and Beastmilk did together.
The chemistry turned out to be undeniable.
“Every single one of the people I play music with in Grave Pleasures has blown me away either on record or on stage,” enthuses Mat McNerney.
Together, they’ve written what will be the debut Grave Pleasures album – a complex and feverish set of modern rock songs, complete with immediate pop sensibility, a melancholic undercurrent, and an irreverent ferociousness that is alone in its kind in contemporary rock.
Following a number of high profile festivals in the summer, Grave Pleasures will embark on their first headline European tour this autumn, including a night right here at The Borderline.
The future of this band is surely going to be as unprecedented and extraordinary as its inception. Finding their innate pleasure in their own demise, and embracing their nihilism, this revamped monster looks set to follow their trajectory to new formidable heights. It goes without saying you won’t want to miss seeing them perform live in this intimate show.