Friday, January 15, 2016

Pleasant Grove completes “The Heart Contortionists,” the beloved Dallas-based band’s upcoming release, started nearly a decade ago.

Hear “Disintegration (Consider Your Brother)” now via Consequence of Sound; Texas release shows announced, album arrives Feb. 5th


Pleasant Grove (L-R): Chris Mayes, Marcus Striplin, Tony Hormillosa, Bret Egner & Jeff Ryan. Photo credit: Ian Berry.



Hear “Disintegration (Consider Your Brother)” by Pleasant Grove now via Consequence of Sound or at the links below!


Read about the return of Pleasant Grove via Texas Monthly and hear the first single “Lava” over at KUTX, Austin.

One of the most beloved bands from Dallas has reunited to complete an album that they started recording almost a decade ago.  Referred to as “indie rock heroes” in an announcement of the record by Texas Monthly, Pleasant Grove will release The Heart Contortionists via We Know Better Records on February 5th, 2016Consequence of Sound has premiered the album track “Disintegration (Consider Your Brother),” which can be heard here.  Named for the Dallas suburb, Pleasant Grove was originally formed in 1998 by co-vocalists and guitarists Marcus Striplin and Bret Egner.

“We have been down a difficult road,” explains Striplin of the near-decade that has passed between commencing work on The Heart Contortionists, Pleasant Grove’s untimely dissolution, and the album’s ultimate completion.  Originally engineered and mixed by Grammy-award winners John Congleton and Stuart Sikes, The Heart Contortionists remained dormant for almost a decade afterward.

They brought this thing back to life,” says Pleasant Grove drummer, Jeff Ryan of the album’s remix engineer, John Dufhilo and mastering engineer, Matt Barnhart, who were tasked with resurrecting The Heart Contortionists for release.  “I remember the conversation with Marcus when we decided to bring them in,” Ryan continues. “After hearing the masters back, the record became realized, in a big way.”

The Heart Contortionists will remind listeners of what they loved about the Pleasant Grove sound – a folk band’s command of melody and a psych band’s command of reverb – while also giving clues to what led to the group’s departure from the scene.  Indeed, Striplin survived drink, divorce, and a two-year case of writer’s block to get here. An eventual move to Austin by way of NYC, sobriety, and a new relationship led him back to musical projects, but he says “it was nothing close to what Pleasant Grove could make me feel.”

So, Striplin and Egner went back and listened to the old sessions for The Heart Contortionists with open hearts and minds, and found that they had made a contemporary album that just happened to be recorded ten years ago. With that, Pleasant Grove decided to move forward, and the result is a classic-sounding record.  Pleasant Grove will play several record release shows around Texas in February and will head to Europe for dates in May, including an appearance at the already sold-out Orange Blossom Special Festival in Germany.  See below for details.

Nearly ten years in the making, The Heart Contortionists arrives on February 5th, 2016 from We Know Better Records.  Members of Pleasant Grove are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Pleasant Grove – The Heart Contortionists Record Release Shows

02/05 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
02/06 Fort Worth, TX @ Fred’s
02/07 Dallas, TX @ Twilight Lounge

Pleasant Grove – European Tour

05/10 Dortmund, Germany @ Subrosa
05/11 Norderstedt, Germany @ Music Star
05/12 Hoxter, Germany @ Tonenburg
05/13 Beverungen, Germany @ Orange Blossom Special Festival
05/14 Beverungen, Germany @ Orange Blossom Special Festival


Pleasant Grove
The Heart Contortionists
(We Know Better Records)
February 5th, 2016

Track Listing:

01. Why Did You Butcher Your Father?
02. The Pessimist Clique
03. Lava (STREAM | MP3)
04. Atoms
05. Disintegration (Consider Your Brother) (STREAM | MP3)

The Heart Contortionists Suite:

06. Fishing In Spain
07. The Devil Is In Our House
08. The Heart Contortionists

9. Donor
10. Margaret’s Alone Sitting Quite Still
11. We Lost The Maps (Bonus Track)


Pleasant Grove Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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