Monday, July 22, 2024

New Music Monday: Standard Issue Pleasure Model release song about resilience to struggle


Victoria and Vancouver Island have a lot of musical talent, and Victoria Buzz wants to highlight some of the best and brightest local artists and bands.

Every Monday, there will be a fresh ‘New Music Monday’ article to help people find and support local artists and bands that are up-and-coming, well established or hidden gems!

For this endeavour, Victoria Buzz has partnered with our good friends at CFUV 101.9 FM, UVic’s campus radio station, to find and select the musicians and bands for this regular column.

This week, Standard Issue Pleasure Model is the New Music Monday highlight!

Standard Issue Pleasure Model are a four-piece psychedelic band from right here in Victoria that was started by Raine Balson and Shea Morgan who started the band back in 2017. 

The band’s name came from a couple of misremembered quotes from the films Bladerunner and Ginger Snaps in which someone is referred to as a “basic pleasure model”, but they thought using “standard issue” rolls off the tongue better anyways. 

They say that Standard Issue Pleasure Model hasn’t always had it easy, with a handful of bassist and drummers leaving the band over the years.

But, they have since found solace in Ben DeCicco and Josh Egert, who joined the band within the last year on the rhythm section and elevated their sound. 

“We’ve been trying to make our band happen for so long and we’ve gone through a lot of cycles of popping off and playing lots of shows, then boom and bust,” Balson told Victoria Buzz. 

“We were The Zone’s Band of the Month, we were doing all these things, then we’d lose a member and we’d have to restart.”

Through their time as a band they have dealt with COVID-19 shutting everything arts-related down, lineup changes and navigating a music scene that has changed drastically. 

While navigating these changes, Balson and Morgan have learnt resilience and have never let their passion falter. With some of their new music they have channelled these qualities, rather than letting them be overcome by the obstacles they have faced.

Recently Standard Issue Pleasure Model released two singles from a forthcoming album, one of which is called “Call Me Tomorrow”. 

Balson says that “Call Me Tomorrow” was written about a time when they and Morgan had found themselves feeling stuck after having both a bass player and a drummer leave the band, one right after the other. 

“It felt like a pretty big hit, we were pretty devastated for a while cause it was just like, man, this band is like our child that we’ve been raising for so long, and we were like is this even worth it,” said Balson. 

“But we both really feel this spiritual physical pull to be doing this so we pushed through anyway.”

Morgan says that the “Call Me Tomorrow” starts out with this devastation apparent in the music and lyrics. However, the whole point of the song is in its name, its chorus and the notion that any difficulty they have faced, they can deal with when they find the capacity to. 

“It’s like, ‘I don’t have energy today, but call me tomorrow and we’ll figure it out,’ like we’ll always be able to figure it out when we’ve been knocked down,” he explained. 

“I think we actually kind of needed that time a little bit to recalibrate a little bit,” Balson added. 

They noted that this time to write and figure out what is to come next has pushed them to be more intentional in their choices instead of just going with the flow.

“Call Me Tomorrow” was recorded primarily in Morgan’s living room, with him and Balson recording the guitar and vocals, layering it and adding a ton of different effects to get their desired psych-soundscape. 

Once DeCicco and Egert were recruited, they recorded their parts and the band sent off their demos to be mixed and mastered by long-time collaborator, Malcolm Owen-Flood.

“Basically, he took all the raw stuff we recorded and the demo tape stuff I cut up and we gave it to him and he mixed it and made it sound really, really good,” Morgan said. 

“Getting Ben [DeCicco] on the track was the biggest part, because before that I had all the guitars done up, but we didn’t know what the groove of the song was, we’d never played it, we just put it to tape.”

Preview Standard Issue Pleasure Model’s new single, “Call Me Tomorrow” below:

If you liked what you heard, you can listen and download “Call Me Tomorrow” on Spotify or Apple Music and check Standard Issue Pleasure Model out on Bandcamp for more of their music. 

Although they have no upcoming shows booked in Victoria for the summer, they are still waiting to hear back from a couple festivals taking place around Vancouver Island over the next couple months. 

To follow along with Standard Issue Pleasure Model and stay up to date on all their shows, follow them on Instagram.


CFUV is a non-profit campus and community radio station that plays a ton of local music of all kinds across Vancouver Island. If you like to support local music they are an amazing resource with a plethora of new local tunes in their arsenal. 

“We love CFUV a lot,” Balson said. “They’ve supported us through a lot, pretty much our entire career.”

“I’ve been listening to CFUV since I was 12-years-old,” they continued. 

“If it wasn’t for CFUV, I wouldn’t hear so many bands, new artists that are part of scenes that I’m not privy to if I’m only listening to stations that are big and successful,” Morgan added. 

“We need that for the next generation of kids.”

Tune into CFUV 101.9 FM on air or online!

Let us know what you think of Standard Issue Pleasure Model in the comments below.

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