DON’T SLEEP because following swiftly on from our Gland Extraction release is our disc on RHP CDrs called You Are Aborting. This will be available to buy and probably stream in the next few days, and for now you can listen to the first track here: https://soundcloud.com/rhp-cdrs/plurals-weird-fingering
This was released at the end of last week and sold out from the label the same day. A few more copies are now available from us (use the contact page or come to a show) or you can do a pay what you want download.
Plurals will be headlining an unofficial counterpart to Leamington Spa Peace Festival. After Peace Comes Doom is being held at Althorpe Studios and Gallery, Althorpe Street, Leamington Spa, and features performances from other visionaries of noise, drone and experimental music. Only £2 entry. Oh and it’s our album launch show for as as yet untitled CDr on RHP, who are promoting the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/244815528991651/?fref=ts
The two other releases in the works (12” on Oaken Palace and CDr on Sheepscar Light Industrial) are coming together. For the former we are donating all profits to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. http://bumblebeeconservation.org
We have been invited to do a session on IC Radio on May 23rd, and and interview too I think. It should be weird fun. http://quark.icradio.com
I guess, for now, that’s it.
Rottenmeats have done a review of the gig, you can read it here: http://rottenmeats.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/plurals-stereocilia-and-tidal.html
We’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be playing at the great venue Powerlunches in Dalston soon. March 27th. Support from Stereocilia and Tidal. Perhaps we’ll have copies of new releases there too. To remind you, forthcoming is our Latitudes Session (CD/12”), a release on Oaken Palace (12”) and CDrs on RHP and Sheepscar Light Industrial.
I guess a bit of action plan sharing might be necessary / useful / self-congratulating. The first months of 2013 shall see Plurals doing the following: recording for the 12” coming out on Oaken Palace Records, a CDr on [RHP] and a compilation track for ConSouling Sounds; playing at Splitting The Atom in Hastings on February 16th and hopefully a / some show(s) in the midlands, one or two in Brighton; perhaps finally having our Latitudes Session (with Aidan Baker) released. If all this happens as planned we will go ‘this is good’, because it will be. Lynx:
Here is what they say:
“Champagne Justice! Southsea’s newest, sexiest night of music and debauchery continues…
We’re talking bands, DJs and cheap booze, sweetheart. We’re talking about a fucking good time. Three quid on the door, what more can you ask for on an Autumn Saturday in Southsea? Oh, and the effervescent Colin Wakefield (Tatty Seaside Town/Edgeworld Records) will be selling some bonafide bombastic records, too.
After the raucous, drum-laden frenetic fury of Sly & The Family Drone, the raw power of Battery Hens and th
e psychedelic powerhouse band that is the Demons, we return with two of Southsea’s finest: Watashi Calcutecs and Protein Window. Furthermore, we introduce to you the almighty Plurals. It’s gonna be a fucking wipeout!
The first Protein Window set demolished the crowd with it’s heavy intensity and now Portsmouth’s favourite Sheriff returns with a full blown band posse and a painfully brutal amp stack. Witness a new set to kick you up in the air and watch you drop. Warm shoegaze’y licks rupture into a heavy grunge bath combating lo-fi trip-hop on its way. One dirty rust trip.
Plurals are Daniel Mackenzie (aka Ekca Liena), Duncan Harrison, Dave Hamilton Smith (aka Me With Others), Michael Neaves (of One Man Team dance) who together form an expansive ambient drone / noise group. Multi-layered keyboards, guitars, vocals and more come together in pieces that cover lush ambience, dark and sinister noise and tripped out psychedelics.
Portsmouth young bloods. Comparisons to The Mars Volta have been made. However, while Cedric and co. gently stroke their egos to the point of abandon, Watashi Calcutecs are furiously banging out an electric combination of post-punk, metal and no wave pop.”
Speak Galactic release their new record Severed this month on Cupboard Music, and have asked us to play the launch event at Fitzherberts. This will take place on September 15th.
Us Baby Bones
+ visuals and DJs
Please take the following very seriously: Supernormal Festival was and is a profoundly affecting alternative music and art experience. I can’t speak for the whole of Plurals when I say the weekend was a genuinely soul enriching, brain rewiring exercise, but shades of that idea, I’m sure, grace their feelings too, even if very slightly. I seriously suggest that everyone considers going next year because if it’s anything like the weekend that unfolded with such charm a couple of weeks ago, something utopian and free will rise again.
Personal musical highlights include the bands Rameses and Sweet Williams, noise fuckers Petals and Scotch Bonnet, poet Gary Goodman with Nick Hudson’s twinkling sonic backdrop and a lovely Oliveros vocal exercise headed by Kev Nickells. There is more, but things are hazy at best. Essentially everything in the barn area.
The other highlights are so breezy and hippified I almost don’t want to say, but fuck it, I’m breezy and hippified: wandering in the woodland under stars or dappled sunlight, sailing through the fresh air on the swing amongst the trees, amazing sense of community, creativity blossoming everywhere without force, hedonism mixing with profound, nourishing relaxation.
For a much better report please visit Gary Goodman’s website for a poetic rundown of everything that made it magical: http://garygoodman.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/supernormal/
Plurals have kindly been asked to play this festival next weekend (July 28th at 6pm we’re on apparently) - very last minute but there you go. Check it out. If you like The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, a fairly nostalgic drum and bass lineup AND psychedelic drone then a) congratulations on your eclecticism and b) you should come.
Next up of course is Supernormal, August 10th - 12th which is simply going to be amazing. Ticket purchasing is highly recommended to avoid missing out.
Tor Press have got our limited CDr ‘Debasement’ on their site now and you can pre-order a copy. I think there are only 100 so grab one soon if you don’t want to miss out. Each one comes with three lino prints, one each from from artists Ben Jones, Tom J Newell and Jake Blanchard, that correspond to each track.
1. Modal Nodes / 2. Ape Skull Photography / 3. Glowing Generic Deity
We’re pretty stoked to announce that we’re playing at Supernormal in Brazier’s Park, Oxfordshire, August 10th-12th. It’s a wonderful independent festival of experimental music and art that, according to the one member of Plurals who went last year and various others, is totally brilliant.
Read more about it here: http://www.supernormalfestival.co.uk
And listen to a Resonance FM broadcast about it here: http://www.supernormalfestival.co.uk/2012/03/resonance-broadcast-now-available-to-listen-online/
And see you there I guess.
It is with a sense of satisfaction that we are able to share a piece of quite great news - Record Collector magazine has included a nice write-up of our recent 12” on Dead Pilot in their January issue. Go out and buy a copy if you like, or just read it online (typos retained):
“Future collectors’ item alert!
When someone local says they’ve got a band and hands over the fruits of their labours on a CD-R, the recipient often expects earnestly mining indie, mod or punk stratas. It comes as a pleasant surprise, then, to receive a vinyl that harks back to early Throbbing Gristle, John Fahey in his musique concrète phase or even the drone music of Lamonte Young, John Cale and The Dream Syndicate.
This regularly-gigging outfit boasts Daniel Mackenzie (from Ekla Liena), Pete Dodd (Masturhate), Duncan Harrison, Dave H-S (Me With Others) and Mike Neaves (One Man Tea Dance). They take the stage behind their respective keyboards and dive in, plumbing cavernous, heaving drones peppered with found sounds or shards of melody. With the wax sides titled Exorcist’s Limbo and Legs Like Apparitions, their music is more about the overwhelming depth and mood created; like a monolithic radioactive river going on forever, smothering anything it engulfs (the title invites anyone to remix or tamper with the music). It’s also limited to 200 copies, available online from DeadPilotRecords.co.uk.
Dead Pilot | 001 (LP)”
At some point soon we will finally be releasing our Debasement album (three long jams) on Tor Press, a combined label and art imprint run by amazing illustrator Jake Blanchard. It was recorded in Brighton at my house (AKA Dan and Dave’s house AKA Over Street) and despite the volume reached over the couple of hours total session time we didn’t appear to bother our neighbours, something that during that time was achievable just by existing.
There is no set date or anything but it is almost certainly going to be the next release, probably in a run of 100 and definitely involving some fantastic artwork. The last track ‘Glowing Generic Deity’ (named in response to the atrocious and gaudy depiction of various religious figures that passes for decor in a particular drinkery in Brighton) can be heard on the music player at the bottom of the page.