Pleasure Beat is a band formed in Middletown, CT, in early 2015. Taking cues from post-punk and new wave groups, the band also cites the musical history of cities like Minneapolis and Los Angeles as influential. Taut guitar lines and warm synthesizer texture stretch and pulse through the band's sharp and present songwriting. At times tense and sparse, the arrangements also reach lush peaks where the group's playing interlocks in compelling form.
Skating is the songwriting project of Jake Shaker from New Haven, CT. Blending together influences from soul, doo wop, and emo music, Skating creates a recorded sound that is layered, colorful, and intimate. Their live show takes those bedroom pop recordings and fleshes them out into full-blown rock songs that are dynamic, earnest, and at times even funny. Skating's debut album, Ultra Blue was released on Z Tapes and is available for download at skating.bandcamp.com