Pleasure Train is a 5-piece rock band hailing from the Washington DC area. Comprised of Valerie Vega (vocals), Rich Fiegel (guitar), Mike Paquette (keys/synth), Will Berger (bass/vocals), and Andrew Gabor (drums/percussion), the band’s influences include psychedelic rock, house/electronica, soul, R&B, jazz, and pop. Pleasure Train has made a name for itself as a behemoth of a live band, combining the indomitable vocal presence of Vega with swirling psychedelic soundscapes that surge into urgent passages of frenetic funk and synth-driven dance pop. The band has contributed memorable sets to music festivals including Yonderville Music & Arts Festival, Not Fade Away Festival, Clarendon Day, and Celebrate Fairfax Festival, and has shared stages with nationally renowned artists including Aqueous, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Midnight North, and Zach Deputy.
The band’s 2017 EP “Volume II” is available on iTunes and all online streaming services, as well as physically in CD form at all live performances. A series of online singles will be released in stages in early 2019. Recorded at Ivakota studios in Washington DC in Autumn 2018, the singles showcase the evolution of the band into a more mature, focused style of songwriting.
We’re 5 friends from the Washington DC area making indie rock, dreamgaze, hippie punk, or whatever you hear when you’re listening to us. Nah. began in 2015 with an almost entirely different cast of humans as the brainchild of bassist Brendan Ra Tyler, the intention behind it being a way to communicate better about mental health and healing, a purpose that has held strong for 3 years. As a group we strive to create more inclusive, loving, and safe spaces for anyone who might stumble upon one of our shows. Spaceship Sound Studios was started in 2018 in the Nah. band home by drummer Stephen Rodriguez as an effort to help boost the DIY community in DC and get more local music that we believe in on streaming services, or just out into the world for more people to hear. We’re all about music, community, and love. You’re welcome any time.
vox - emma bleker
bassman - brendan ra tyler
synthscaper - zack be
drums - stephen rodriguez
guitar - chris smith
Del Florida is the brainchild of Washington D.C. vocalist and multi instrumentalist, Leela Dawson. The group combine elements of neo soul, progressive rock, dream pop & 80’s new wave, which UK blog Get Into This declares “If Mars Volta had binged on a volume of Beach Boys enriching hits then you are getting close to where Del Florida could be”. While cutting their first full length album, Del Florida have shared the stage with a variety of notable bands including Tops, Lawrence, Ripe, The Reign Of Kindo, Little Tybee and Tides Of Man. The band continues to use their multicolored sound to bring their audiences into a lucid dream-like state.