The Pleasures are Catherine Britt and Lachlan Bryan.
It’s a collaboration that began with a few drunk texts and quickly spiralled into a feverish week of writing and recording in Melbourne, where the pair would dream up songs into the early hours, then head to the studio next morning to lay them down.
“Lachlan and I have always clicked in life and in song” explains Catherine, “and we’ve always had an unspoken understanding and respect for one another. These songs came so easy – they flowed out of us like a raging stream. I just want more honest, real music in the world and I couldn’t think of a better person to make it with!”
The songs themselves sound like they’ve emerged from another time and space. They are heavy and satisfying in the way classic country and Americana should be, augmented by sparse but impactful production and the stunning blend of two of Australia’s most distinctive country voices. Themes of recklessness, debauchery, adultery and lust abound – drawn straight from the life experiences of these self-confessed libertines.
“I don’t think I know anyone else who feels and understands country music the way Catherine does”, says Lachlan. “She sounds authentic because she is authentic. When she opens her mouth and sings you can hear the neon lights buzzing, you can taste the tequila and you can barely see for the cloud of smoke. It’s all that stuff that people try and fake – they try and put in on – but it’s like she was just born with it”.
The Pleasures play their debut live show at Tamworth 2022.