Pleasurade write their tunes as classical piano pieces, then plug in, turn on, and smash the bejeezus out of them – the end result is Beating Around The Bushes, the world’s first certified rock’n’roll/polka/fairground/glam classic.
Recorded and mixed in two weeks at the Isle of Wight’s hidden gem that is Skinny Mammoth Studios, Beating Around The Bushes is a concept album for those with no concept of what they did last night, straddling that indefinable moment when clarity starts to blur and what started as a perfectly normal day turns irrevocably weird.
Beating Around The Bushes was recorded and co-produced with the band by Stu Fisher and Dave Waight of Hole, and mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland.
Track-by-track - A tour of Beating Around The Bushes led by Booner.
1 – Intro:
The album starts with an intro, a reprise of the track Broken. This is how I originally wrote that song.
2 – Short, Sharp and Painless:
Written from the perspective of someone who can’t get laid, trying to convince a drunk girl for a for a sympathy shag. The first half is what’s happening on the outside, the second half is what’s happening on the inside….
3 – Nettles:
“For half my life I’ve sung alone.”
4 – Devil Eyes:
Devil eyes is about a girl that’s so hot you can’t help but want her, but she’s a real tease and will drop you. For fun.
5 – Check You Out:
When a hopelessly drunken mate stands in the middle of the street and shouts “Check me out – you’re bloody lucky to have me” to his girlfriend, you’d be stupid not to write a song about it.
6 – Mama Grind:
I saw pictures of myself on Facebook dancing, grinding and gurning. This is all about “look at me dancing”, “I’m great”, “I look great”, and whether I turn you on or turn your stomach I’m gonna do my thing ‘cause I’m one sexy mother, basically.
7 – Feral Man:
Why are we surprised that sometimes we do crazy things? We’re nothing but animals. Monkeys in suits.
8 – Live to Regret:
A waltz, sung by Jason. This is about pulling your finger out your arse and doing something about following those dreams, whatever they may be. After washing your hands, of course.
9 – Shooting Arrows at the Sun:
About the music business, basically.
10 – Carly:
A billion rhino horns would wither if teenagers could see into the future.
11 – Loving You Wrong:
I read this crazy story in the paper about some guy in Australia having a kid with his own grandmother. I’d hesitate to say that inspired me, though.
12 – Gold Beggars Cup:
I wish I got a £20 million bonus for cocking things up.
13 – Propelled by Sound:
I can’t dance like some X-Factor tit, so I just jump around.
14 – Broken:
When everything’s gone to shit, to hell with it: Just sing.
15 – Outro:
A snippet of Nettles as it was originally written. Time to go. Bx.