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Pleasure Dome – For Your Personal Amusement [2008]

Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members
Charlie Calv – Keyboards, Dave Tsien – Guitars, Ed Avila – Bass, John Hummel – Drums, Ted Poley – Vocals

01. For Your Personal Amusement (1:30), 02. Trapped (4:07), 03. One & Only (4:20), 04. The Aura That Surrounds You (3:42), 05. Praying For A Miracle (3:11), 06. Always Tomorrow (4:10), 07. Love Is A Game (3:43), 08. Seems Like A Dream (3:46), 09. I Won’t Cry (4:57), 10. Return To Zero (3:46), 11. (Who Will) Save The World (4:50)


Pleasure Dome is an exciting new band made up from some familiar faces in the melodic rock world. Ted Poley (vocals), David Tsien (guitars), Charlie Calv (keyboards), Ed Avila (bass) and John Hummel (drums) have collectively sold over 1 million records, toured over 500 cities in 15 countries, and have played more then 5,000 shows…and they just got started.

Ted first commanded the stage from the drum throne for progressive rockers Prophet on their debut release in 1985 but is probably best known for fronting the chart topping band Danger Danger (Sony Records) on hits like Naughty Naughty and Bang Bang. Charlie and Ed first blasted onto the scene with the critically acclaimed debut Shotgun Symphony CD released in 1993 and have continued to provide their talents to a host of acts through the years like Intruder, Message, Melodica, Skin Tag, Arcara and The Way. This is the second time Dave joins Charlie on a project, first working in Skin Tag together following Dave’s successful stint with Shoot The Doctor (MCA Records). And John is the true road warrior, first becoming the live drummer for Shotgun Symphony after the release of their last CD Sea of Desire and continuing to keep one of the busiest touring schedules, most recently seen on the road with Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) younger brother Peter Cornell in Black Market Radio.

Their debut release For Your Personal Amusement is a tight power-pop roller-coaster ride of soaring melodies, crafty guitars and colorful sounds that is destined to become another classic to add to their arsenal of works. From the rocking opener Trapped, the haunting melodies of The Aura That Surrounds You to the ballad Praying For A Miracle they are able to switch gears in an instant without missing a beat.

Pleasure Dome first tested the waters in 2004 with the recording of Always Tomorrow and One and Only, the latter which can be found in it’s earliest inception on the Melodic CD 2 – The Beast Inside. They would continue to work on and off between other projects and tours during 2005 and 2006, but it would not be until 2007 that they would kick it into high gear and put on the finishing touches. The CD was produced by keyboardist Charlie Calv in the bands home turf of New Jersey, USA and mixed by Martin Kronlund in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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