The Suicide Notes decided to take a retro twist to their new EP ‘Pleasure of Despair’, memories will float into your heads of the 1990’s unplugged MTV sessions when the concept of these collections of songs first filled your ears.
Anticipating a busy year, the band had a packed schedule with a number of big festival dates already in their dairy, they hoped to get out of Oxfordshire and Berkshire where the band are based, hoping to make these four new tracks the staple of the set list but unfortunately for the time being all the fans of The Suicide Notes will have to close their eyes and imagine being in the sun listening to an acoustic set, as we wait for this world to recover from the current pandemic and bring back live music to our way of life.
First track on the EP ‘Momma sang the Blues’ has a hint of country on top of the blues soul feel of the record, the rough and prickly vocals of Billy Tee provides an honest and contrasting direction with the layers of sound within the song. There is a suggestion in the lyrics that Momma sang the blues, daddy drank all the wine. We’ll join daddy with a glass of our own to a sound start to an EP.
‘Rag Doll’ and ‘Smoke it like a cigarette’ start off in a sinister tone like when you commit yourself to something that you know could go wrong quickly, but then they have a switch up to a more rockier feel than the first track and the fade out to end the track of ‘Smoke it like a cigarette’ rewards you for your commitment.
‘Take a Bullet’ is the last track of the Pleasures of Despair EP and what a finale it is, as the gripping name of the track suggests, by far this track has the most life and excitement just bubbling away and setting fires from the music exploding out from the record. With smoother vocals that adds to the instrumental sounds, this track is complex and very interesting, this is definitely the direction the band should take their sound for their future material.
Written by Kess Anthony