(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
Back in 2015, one of the underground music community’s more popular bands, Savannah, GA.’s Kylesa, announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus. People everywhere were saddened by the news and were unsure what the future might hold for the band itself and its’ membership.
Well, one of those uncertainties has now been answered as guitarist and vocalist Laura Pleasants is focusing on a new project called The Discussion. As of now, you can hear the group’s recent self-released five-song EP via Bandcamp below. The band will be touring across Europe this fall. Come discover the new band described as “post-punk, goth, alternative rock, psychedelic” and see if you like it.
300 CDs will be pressed for the European tour. All are hand numbered on the back cover.
After a year of composing and recording demos of new music, Pleasants hooked up with a local drummer and musician named Richard Adams from Dallas, Texas. Adams came to Savannah to attend SCAD where he studied sound. He received his BFA in 2015 and his MFA in sound design in June of this year. Pleasants saw him perform with a short-lived Savannah outfit named Saint Corsair where she noted his solid drum style with Keith Moon-like fills. She immediately approached him about the possibility of starting something on the local level. The two began playing together off and on and quickly developed a friendship both professional and personal.
The two decided to form a band, record demos over the summer, and recruit a bass player for their tour of Europe in the Fall of 2017. Pleasants called on Derek Lynch, a local guitar player and NASA engineer, to play bass in the project. Born in Savannah, Lynch played guitar in many bands, most notably A Girl, A Gun, A Ghost (early 2000s Ferret Records) and more recently Crazy Bag Lady who were signed to Kylesa‘s record label Retro Futurist.
The new EP is, in fact, an introduction to The Discussion in some ways. It is meant to acquaint listeners with the band on an upcoming European touring jaunt.
The Discussion EU tour:
Sun 10/9 Copenhagen, DK @ Beta
Mon 11/9 Berlin, DE @ Tiefgrund
Tues 12/9 Leipzig, DE @ AKKO
Wed 13/9 TBC
Thurs 14/9 Vienna, AT @ Das Bach
Sat 16/9 Budapest, HU
Sun 17/9 Belgrade, RS
Thurs 21/9 Sofia, BG
Fri 22/9 Thessalonik, i Greece
Sat 23/9 Athens Greece
Sun 24/9 Ioannina Greece
Thurs 28/9 – 7/10 : ITALY TBA
Sun 8/10 Lyon, FR
Tues 10/10 Barcelona, ES TBC
Wed 11/10 Castellón, ES
Thurs 12/10 Madrid TBC
Fri 13/10 Langreo, Asturias, ES
Sat 14/10 Bilbao, ES TBC
Tues 17/10 Paris, FR TBC
Thurs 19/10 UK TBC
Fri 20/10 UK TBC
Sat 21/10 UK TBC
Sun 22/10 UK Stonehenge
Tues 24/10 Ghent or Antwerp, BE TBC
Wed 25/10 Amsterdam, NL TBC
Thurs 26/10 NL TBC
Fri 27/10 NL TBC
Sat 28/10 Belgium or Germany TBC
Sun 29/10 Belgium or Germany TBC
Tues 31/10 Karlsruhe, DE Dudefest
Wed 1/11 Switzerland TBA
Thurs 2/11 Munich TBC
Fri 3/11 Leanna’s b-day / off
Sat 4/11: TBC Southern Germany