The Game

The Game

Pleasure Island – The Game


11th October 2019

Formed earlier this year, Liverpool duo Pleasure Island aim to put the rock ‘n’ roll ethos into garage indie. Rather than being debauchery apologists, they aim to produce such amazing music that they will be able to get away with anything.

Forming part of the vibrant music scene situated around Smithdown Road in Liverpool, newly formed band Pleasure Island are already producing some damn fine tunes. The pair, Sean Ekins and Sam Pierpoint, produce gutsy, vibrant music with lashings of attitude with a little tongue-in-cheek humour. With a pretty interesting musical back story beginning in Perth, Australia, Ekins has been through the mill both musically and personally. This latest collaboration shows the fruits of past triumphs and tragedies, producing music that is assured, unapologetic and electrifying.

The Game has all of the above attributes. It is a hard-hitting song about one-night stands and what happens when two people hook-up, its searingly honest lyrics really hit the mark. The Indie Pleasure Islands produce has tinges of early Arctic Monkeys, but has a more musical quality and a distinctly Liverpool feel. The Game sees Sean Ekins providing enough arrogance to temper the melody with something a bit more pulse-quickening. The song is good, very good.

The video has all the elements needed to bring the track to life, with Ekins either lolling menacingly in a throne-like chair or bursting forth towards the viewer, barely restrained by the screen between them. The effect is edgy and electrifying. The dark, dusty setting is somehow perfect for the rock ‘n’ roll excess. It somehow manages to exceed their live performance and shows just what this band are about. Not that you shouldn’t catch them live. They are well worth an evening of anyone’s time. Use The Game as a taster of wonderful things to come. Don’t take your eyes off Pleasure Island. You may miss out on something very enjoyable if you do.


Find out more about Pleasure Island on Facebook and at their website.

All words by Roxy Gillespie. More writing on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She Tweets as @RoxyG100.

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