The Discussion (feat. Laura Pleasants from Kylesa) – 21 септември 2017 – Mixtape 5, София
Bare Hands Society presents The Discussion – the new musical endeavor by founding KYLESA member Laura Pleasants. Pleasants is the co-leader, guitar player, and vocalist for the Savannah, GA based heavy alternative rock band Kylesa who have been active for over fifteen years. She started the band with Phillip Cope while she was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2001. While the artistic direction of the band twisted and turned over the years, Kylesa always remained relevant, heavy, and with a creative approach that often outreached their peers. With Kylesa, Laura has released 7 studio albums, several eps and split releases, has appeared live on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly, and has countless of international tours, festivals, and high profile gigs under her belt. These gigs include, but are not limited to, direct support for the popular metal band Mastodon, headlining shows in Russia, Australia, SE Asia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, the US, and all over Europe.
In 2015, Kylesa collectively decided to go on hiatus. Pleasants returned to her home in the Hostess City of Savannah, GA to work on other projects and interests. During this time she began to write new music recording guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals consciously deciding to step away from the metal leanings of Kylesa. After a year of composing and recording demos of new music she hooked up with local drummer and musician, Richard Adams of Dallas, TX. Adams came to Savannah to attend SCAD where he studied sound. He received his BFA in 2015 and his MFA in sound design in June of this year. Adams has been playing drums since he was a child and has played in bands located everywhere from Dallas to Savannah. Pleasants saw him perform with a short lived Savannah outfit named Saint Corsair where she noted his solid drum style with Keith Moon-like fills. She immediately approached him about the possibility of starting something on the local level. The two began playing together off and on and quickly developed a friendship both professional and personal. It wasn’t until the eve of Adam’s 25th birthday over a scorpion bowl when they decided to take things to the next level.
As midnight struck the scorpion bowl’s venom was coursing through their veins. A fever dream appeared with images of Europe on the horizon, thus The Discussion was born. The two decided to form a band, record demos over the summer, and recruit a bass player for their tour of Europe in the Fall of 2017.
Pleasants called on Derek Lynch, a local guitar player and NASA engineer, to play bass in the project. Born in Savannah, Lynch played guitar in many bands, most notably A Girl, A Gun, A
Ghost (early 2000s Ferrat Records) and more recently Crazy Bag Lady who were signed to Kylesa’s record label Retro Futurist.
Currently, Pleasants and Adams are recording a handful of songs for digital singles and a tour CDEP. The singles will be released in July and August respectively and a limited number of EPs
will be pressed and available while on tour in Europe.
Musically, Pleasants describes the new sound:
“I’d say my new songs are more rock based in nature. There is a lot of love for early
post-punk, goth, late 80s alternative rock, Pink Floyd, krautrock and general psychedelia. Even
so, I think Kylesa fans will note that it sounds like me. There is a vibe.”
Keep up with tour dates and look out for the upcoming digital singles by following
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