The Pleasants were born in the green mountains of Vermont in 2009 on a crisp, frost covered, April morning. Mixing equal parts whiskey, dusty earth, and spring water, The Pleasants evoke a strange sense of longing for simpler times and lyrically draw on past experiences when young hearts and minds were unspoiled and uncorrupted by modern exploitations. Sometimes described as intense folk but best described as “Indie Grunge”, The Pleasants weave together music familiar yet altogether new. Bonded by their love of REAL music, this song-writing duo (Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta) has bounded on their musical journey to writing “the most undeniably best song ever.” They have recently finished their first record appropriately titled “Forests and Fields” which will be available in the U.S. through Do It Together Records this summer. The Pleasants will be on tour bringing their harmony-laden blend of Recession Rock to a town near you.
“Forests and Fields” – The Pleasants (D.I.T. records, June 2010)
Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta lay bare their love for harmony, rock, blues, and the natural world on their first 12-song recording together as The Pleasants. The making of “Forests and Fields” took place in the highest elevated town in Vermont, down a winding dirt road, where nature is still sacred and the woods are still a safe haven for the smallest and largest creatures. It was a fortuitous collaboration between Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta, as if two people were wandering lost in the woods and happened to find each other only to realize they were singing the same song. Before making “Forests and Fields,” they spent a lot of time on the road keeping each other awake on long drives, both with a feeling of disconnection from those man-made roads they travelled and those maze-like cities they performed. They both ached for more forests and fields and a place to call “Home.” Together, known as The Pleasants, these two melody-makers bring an intensity and poetic mischievousness on their first record. You feel their harmonies pierce your soul and you feel as though you have been let in on a little secret by the end of the record. Intense-Folk, Indie-Grunge, Recession-Rock… Try to define their sound, but you can never explain the affect this record will have on you. LISTEN LOUD.