Pound of Flesh
Pound of Flesh is an alternative electronic hard rock band based in Chicago featuring, former member of Ministry, Darrell James.
In 2000, Pound of Flesh debuted with Red & Black. It received critical acclaim and support from 250+ radio stations across the US and charted within the top five of several of those stations.
While touring regionally in support of Red & Black, Darrell had the great fortune to be introduced to the legendary Al Jourgensen of Ministry fame. Jourgensen subsequently came on board to produce POF’s next record. Soon thereafter, Jourgensen asked if he would be interested in playing keyboards during Ministry’s 2003 Fornicatour. Darrell agreed, and Jourgensen loved his creative contribution so much he asked him to stay on for Ministry’s 2004 Evil Doer tour. Additionally, Darrell’s keyboard and programming work can be heard on Ministry’s Rantology and Rio Grande Blood as well as the Revolting Cocks’ Cocked and Loaded.
In 2008, Darrell started collaborating with keyboardist Steven McIntosh on new material.
In 2012, POF released the album Pill through their DIY label Drakeraven Entertainment and recruited guitarist Alan Stehman, bassist Jack Curylo, and drummer Jarek “Jerry” Lukomski.
In 2014, POF went back into the studio to record the EP Pills—it was the difference between Pill, performed mostly by Darrell, and the live performances, which had brought in the influences and energy of the new members, which moved the members to record new material as well as rerecording tracks as a band. Pills was released on November 21st, 2014 through Drakeraven Entertainment and distributed worldwide through WuLi Records and INgrooves Music Group.
In support of Pills, POF filmed the first video to promote the EP with the first single titled “One-Time Offer”—directed by Steve with cinematography by E3 Photography. The video was released as an exclusive on Revolver Magazine’s website on December 10th, 2014.
The last few years have been very productive--performing regionally, writing, and recording new material.
The Shylock is back for his Pound of Flesh.
We will all pay the price...
His music influences early on were varied—from euro pop, punk, world-ethno-folk, and most anything from Rock over London, but will point out that it's easy to find something enjoyable in most music styles.
Steve began working with Darrell on the 2012 release of Pill, adding his affinity for electronic music to the industrial foundation of PoF.
"The industrial music parenthood is certainly present, but the songs are fresh and worthy of not being summarily pigeonholed. “Everybody” is the first cut off of the album and starts off with the attitude POF is known for. It will go far as the new anthem for Monday mornings and other bad days." Erich Morse - National Rock Review
"There is a sinister edge to some of this, but mostly it’s a quite melodic, catchy slab of occasional brutality, but with a bit more emphasis on *(the good, the bad and the ugly sides) of 'fun.'" Vincent Daemon - TheIntestinalFortitude
“Pound of Flesh have the sort of pulsing rhythms that induce involuntary muscle movement, and have topped those off with discontented verbal musings coupled with powerful melodies. As Shakespeare might say, now we should enjoy, “the pretty follies that themselves commit.” Jrivera - INDIE MUSIC
“The golden ( albeit corrosive ) age of industrial/dance rock is rising again.” Jason Pettigrew - Alternative Press
“Chicago, home to many creative visionaries has a new pioneer to add to its resume. Pound of Flesh is unafraid to take chances and expand musical horizons with extraordinary ideas. POF is fiery and wicked, intriguing and deviant.” Leigh Taylor - The Album Network
“POF's frontman Darrell James adds a catchy, unusually melodic edge to this outfit.” M. Tye Comer - CMJ New Music Report
“Racy, jock-grabbing. A powerful bridge between nostalgic music and forward-reaching visions. Ultimately relatable. A vehicle for catharsis, the kind that leaves you spent yet oddly invigorated. This is deep stuff, kids, that will take you on a journey that you will want to experience again and again.” Larry Flick - Billboard Magazine