The history of The Pleasant Tense began in the early months of 2012. Multi-Instrumentalist Kevin Skubak, having written and arranged several songs over the years that had only been heard by himself and several of his disgruntled neighbors, decided to step into the studio and record some of his material. Despite playing nearly every instrument on the recordings, Skubak is (at best) a horrible singer and knew he couldn’t let his voice damper the songs he worked so hard on.
He therefore recruited Marnee Richardson, a Capital University music student whose impressive range and and genre spanning style fit perfectly with the direction Skubak wanted to go in. The duo recorded songs infrequently over the next year and a half and focused their efforts on performing as an acoustic duo. Realizing that their songs would translate better with electric guitars, drums, and a Fender Rhodes, the pair searched tirelessly for musicians who fit their style. They soon found guitarist Andrew Sais, drummer Seth Daily, and bassist Raad Shubaily, three musicians whose technique, style, and creativity was unlike anything the pair had ever seen. The band initially reenacted and enhanced the songs Skubak had already wrote and recorded. As time went on, the group began writing and collaborating on new original material that combined and captured the talent and uniqueness of each member.
During their short history, the band has worked endlessly to tighten, improve, and define their sound. They have blended old influences such as Sly and the Family Stone, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, and Arethra Franklin with new influences such as Radiohead, The Black Keys, Sharon Jones, and Hiatus Kaiyote to create a truly unique sound. Defined by a random drunk fan as “Etta James backed by Led Zeppelin” (A flattering comparison that Is without a doubt up for debate), the band continues to play shows and turn heads everywhere they go.
“Easy Art”, a four song EP, is the newest release by The Pleasant Tense and is available in Itunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.