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Vanguard:  Pleasurecraft - Lost Patterns
By Brad Podray

The scene is 1985.  Gary Numan and Kraftwerk have met in a Seattle restaurant to show off their latest synthesizers.  Suddenly, mud monsters attack innocent people throughout the restaurant. "Now's the time for heroics!  Let's go Gary Numan!" shout the members of Kraftwerk in unison.

Gary Numan and Kraftwerk fight the monsters off, but the restaurant and their gear are now covered in a thick layer of monster-mud.  The synthesizers are lost forever...or so we thought.

Fast-forward to modern day.  Excavators recover the lost synthesizers out of the mud-sealed restaurant and decide to start a new band in the modern day.  May I present to you the glory that is Pleasurecraft.  Straight out of the new wave era that belonged to the 1980s, Pleasurecraft is a must-listen if you remember the golden age of synthesizers and actually liked it.  

Combining refreshing lo-fi keyboard parts and rockin' guitars makes this band definitely worth checking out.  By the way, when I say "lo-fi," I mean they ripped off every sound from your favorite 8-bit system and actually gained the courage to use those sounds in modern music.  Now I'm not making any guarantees that you'll like them, I'm just saying they are definitely worthy of some attention.  They easily have the most unique sound out of any new band I've heard for a while, probably because their particular style of music has been considered dead and buried since 1991.  If this band has nothing else, it's guts.  To so completely delve themselves into this style during an era dominated by nu-metal, power pop, and a hip-hop stranglehold on the musical field is nothing but admirable.  Tracks such as the incredibly quirky "To the Shore" really remind us of what we left behind in the past.  Objectively, the musical talent of Pleasurecraft is moderate.  

They aren't pushing musical boundaries where no man has gone before.  I don't hear blazing guitars and eye-opening keyboard parts, yet one must wonder if they're refraining from such musical tactics on purpose.  The drums, all synthesized, naturally lack a dynamic quality and serve merely to keep the tempo.  Their debut album, "Lost Patterns," is enjoyable and eccentric...unless you don't like new wave.  Does history repeat itself?  It will if these guys ever go big.

Sure to please: New wave fans, Kraftwerkians, leftover 80s coke-partygoers.

Sure to disappoint: All people who are not in the "Sure to please" section.

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