Scarlet Pleasure is hard to figure out. Part boyband part Teddy Riley. A combination of R&B and pop and live a great deal of new jack swing. I have seen them perform live once before and was quite surprised given that I really am not into their recorded tracks. Live however all that polished pop seems to be washed away and give way for something that could be described as a combination of New Edition/Bel Div Divoe and Frank Ocean. They seem to be lost in a world 25 years ago – both in presence and as a band – and that is in no way negative! Also the lead singer is rocking the early Nick Carter look.
The thing is, they are really freaking good live. Especially the bass player and the drummer plays with a groove and funk you don’t hear very often – even though the drummer somehow weren’t able to play the cymbals correctly when they did a (quite unnecessary and a bit corny) cover version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love”. It’s just so funky and the bass player is slapping the shit out of the strings, they are tight and still syncopated and totally in control of the opening and closing of each note. On the downside however their tracks are really unoriginal and sound mostly like someone found Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley or Bernard Belle’s unreleased master tapes from 25-30 years ago and rerecorded them.
The lead singer Emil Goll had a great stage presence and hit the falsetto notes quite well. All three were charming and confident young lads who proved their worth live. One can understand why they chose to move to New York looking for the big break before everything started taking off here in Denmark. The talent is evident, but the show was a bit too rocky with the funkier tracks working far better than their staler slower material. Trying to get a lot of sing-a-long from the crowd who didn’t seem to know the lyrics that well also wasn’t the best move. A funky party with great musicians that left me wanting a bit more in terms of songwriting.
What they are lacking in songwriting, they are making up for by being a "freaking" good live band. (4.5/6)