American Pleasure Club (formerly known as Teen Suicide) is an American indie rock band from Baltimore, Maryland.
Teen Suicide formed in 2009, with their first release being the 2011 compilation bad vibes forever which consisted of "early early demos." From their formation until their breakup in 2013, the band functioned as a duo with Sam Ray on vocals and guitar and Eric Livingston on drums, occasionally accompanied by various unofficial members such as Alec Simke and Caroline White.
In February of the following year, they released an EP titled DC snuff film. They followed up that EP with a three-song EP titled goblin problems in June 2012. A full-length album entitled waste yrself was also being produced around the same time, but it was left uncompleted. Instead, the tracks intended for release on the album were included as part of the compilation rarities, unreleased stuff, and cool things, then released separately shortly afterward. In September 2012, Teen Suicide released their debut full-length album titled i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body. Around this time, Alec Simke became a full-fledged member of the band. In November 2012, Teen Suicide released another EP titled hymns prior to announcing they were breaking up. They played two more shows in December 2012 and January 2013, then disbanded.
In February 2013, the band released a compilation on Bandcamp titled rarities, unreleased stuff, and cool things. On the December 27 date of Elvis Depressedly and Crying's tour, the band reformed "on a whim" to play a secret set at the Charm City Art Space in Baltimore. They subsequently reunited to play four reunion shows from February 27 to March 2 with Special Explosion and Sorority Noise, now with a lineup featuring Ray, Simke, John Toohey on guitar, and Brian Sumner on drums.
A new Teen Suicide song entitled "Pavement" was featured on Topshelf Records' 2014 digital label sampler. In January 2015, the band signed to Run for Cover Records to release remastered and expanded editions of i will be my own hell because there is a devil in my body, DC snuff film and waste yrself, with the two latter records being released as a single album.
Although their attitude towards recording and releasing new material was unclear after their reformation, Teen Suicide contributed a new song to Paper Trail Records' Thanks for Listening compilation and released a 7" entitled Sonic Youth on November 6, 2015. However, Sonic Youth is not officially credited to the band. From December 2015 to January 2016, several demos appeared on the band's social media prior to the announcement of their second album entitled It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot, which came out April 1. Although various outlets—including the band's label Run for Cover Records—have referred to the new album as Teen Suicide's final album, the band themselves have announced their new temporary name, "The World's Greatest," "while we figure out what to actually name our new band".
Teen Suicide has since toured twice, once with Say Anything, mewithoutYou, and Museum Mouth, along with a summer tour with Elvis Depressedly and Nicole Dollanganger.
On October 23, 2017 Teen Suicide released a new song called "when you split the heart open" under another temporary name, "Dumpster."
On November 19, 2017 Teen Suicide released a new song called "you call on me" which also announced their new band name "american pleasure club".
On December 31, 2017 American Pleasure Club released a new single titled "new years eve" and also announced the title of their third album which is A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This. On January 9, 2018 they released a music video for a new song called "lets move to the desert" and they announced the release of date of the new album which will be released on February 16, 2018. On January 16, they released a third single called "this is heaven, i'd die for it" and also released pre-orders on the Run For Cover Records website for the album.
Sam Ray – guitar, lead vocals, synths (2009–13, 2013–present)
Sean Mercer – drums (2014–present)
Nick Hughes – bass (2017–present)
Dan Windsor - guitar (2017–present)
Kitty Ray - vocals (2018–present)
Eric 'Skiz' Livingston – drums (2009–13)
Caroline White – viola, backing vocals (2012–13)
Alec 'Torts' Simke – bass (2012–13, 2013–2016)
Brian Sumner – drums (2013–14)
John 'J2' Toohey – guitar, backing vocals (2013–2016)