Band/Artist Name: Pleasure Train

Recommended if you like: Valerie's vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, Alicia Keys, and Florence Welch. The rest of the band has wide ranging influences from indie rock to deep house to funk-disco-R&B and jam bands.

Story behind your band/artist name: Early in the life of the band, some of us were sitting around drinking beer and trying to come up with a good band name. Our keyboardist, Mike, offered up “Pleasure Train” almost as a joke, and it just stuck. It took some of the other band members a while to come around, but eventually we all realized it’s a really awesome band name. It’s evocative, provocative, and memorable–and it does a pretty good job of distilling our band’s vibe and general approach to music and life! Also, if we ever find ourselves embattled in legal issues and unable to use our band name anymore, we can always change it to Treasure Plane.

Band Members: Valerie Vega (vocals), Ian Dandridge (guitar), Richard Fiegel (guitar), Mike Paquette (keyboards), Will Berger (bass), Andrew Gabor (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Five out of the six members of Pleasure Train grew up in the Northern Virginia (Fairfax) area.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Our first gig together was the SLUTROCK--an outdoor sexual assault awareness event at the National Sylvan Theatre in DC on a cold November day. Our fingers almost fell off playing a 3 song set!

Many of our best songwriting session take place in a secret grotto affectionately known as "the Poon Palace," where we allegedly conduct ritual sacrifices and occult rituals in pursuit of our creative muse.

For the past two years, we've volunteered for the American Heart Association's Greater Washington Area Heart Walk, playing a live set on the corner of 14th and Madison Streets NW for hundreds of volunteers as they walk to raise money and awareness for causes related to heart and vascular disease.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We are releasing an EP in Spring 2017, which will be our first release of new recorded material in over 2 years!

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Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: #SEXGROOVE, indie rock, funk, soul, disco, jam, alternative rock, synthpop