Pleasuremad is the solo project of Jack Riley (formerly of Art School Girls). Jack’s home-recorded music explores the layered experience of being a young adult in a culture that rewards excess.
In late 2017, he set out to create the best sounding music he could while spending as little money as possible. After weeks of writing and recording songs in his studio apartment in Richmond, VA, he released his first EP under the name Pleasuremad, The Foolish One/Misery’s Company. Both vibrant and introspective, the songs portray the line between euphoria and despair that is so central to coming of age in America today.
Pleasuremad’s latest release, Where the Tragic Happens, features meditations on gender identity, the social disconnect between generations, and the struggle to find connection with other people. Glamorous and surreal, urgent and gentle, the album is full of heart, and sure to stick in your head.
Finding Quiet Pride: Interview with Pleasuremad for Aislin Magazine
The Auricular Names Where The Tragic Happens One of 2018’s Best Records
“Even without lyrically diving into this rich record, you’ll find plenty of songs ripe for a casual listen (and casual repeat), such as the first proper track “Coronation” which is, hands-down, one of the absolute best dance-rock/indie pop tracks to come out of Richmond this decade.” — Douglas Nunnally
Pleasuremad Interview on The Community with Mason and Jason, Episode 15