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Cult favorites of the Delaware Valley punk scene Plow United headlined The Barbary on Saturday evening. It was a packed, slamdancey, screamalongy sweaty show in celebration of their brand new LP, Marching Band. The all-around bill was solid, with fellow Philadelhpians The Holy Mess, NONA and Ma Jolie on the bill. JUMP Philly’s Joseph Gallagher was in attendance, along with photogrpaher Jessica Flynn. Check out their report after the jump. Continue reading →
Man, that was a rush. I just got back to the radio station from recording a Key Studio Session with Plow United; we were on location at the gorgeous new Studio A space in South Philadelphia. The band is sounding loud, tight and tremendous, knocking out three songs from their forthcoming Marching Band and a Siouxie and the Banshees cover in just about 12 minutes. The new material is great – if you grew up listening to Plow, like many punk rock loving folks in the Delaware Valley did, you’ll feel instantly transported a V.F.W. hall off of Paoli Pike in the late 90s.
The band is in the van as we type, heading up I-95 to appear on the Chris Gethard Show in New York tonight (check out the webcast tonight at 8). They’re going to sound great on there, and they’re going to sound great at The Barbary this Saturday — and we advise you to head over to Brooklyn Vegan right now and listen to their stream of Marching Band in its entirety. Standouts include, obviously, the two singles we’ve heard already – “Falling, Deeply” and “Human 2000” (watch a video for that one below), but also “Cui Bono?” (the “we do” coda kinda sorta maybe reminds me of the Stonecutters song from The Simpsons), “The War is Over and Our Side Won,” “Get Low” (some great co-ed vocal counterpoints on that one) and, hell, the whole dang thing.
Crank it. Watch the video below. Get information on Saturday’s show at The Barbary here. Keep an eye out for audio and video from the session when we release it in a couple months – right around Plow’s next round of east coast shows. And, for a delightful bonus, look after the jump for an illustration of today’s studio session by Studio A production assistant Pema.
“Something brings me back,” sings Brian McGee. “But I can’t count on where, or who, or why.” This line from “Falling Deeply,” a new Plow United song premiered this afternoon on The A.V. Club, seems to parallel the way that, when we least expected it, these cult favorites of the late 90s Philly hardcore scene (and beyond) reemerged. First for a one-off reunion for Riot Fest East in 2011, then for a handful of other shows, then for their new LP, Marching Band, due out on Jump Start Records in April. The mix sounds massive, but the song – like previous single “Human 2000” – sounds like good old Plow – crunching guitars, thoughtful lyrical introspection, heavy beats. Listen to “Falling Deeply” here. Get information on the band’s all-ages show at The Barbary here. And below, watch video from Riot Fest.
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Here’s one we’ve been waiting to tell you about since December – reunited Philly-area punk rockers Plow United will be releasing their first LP in almost 15 years, Marching Band, on Jump Start Records this April. The all-ages release show they put together at The Barbary packs a wallop – The Holy Mess, NONA and Ma Jolie are also on the bill – and tickets go on sale this Friday January 11. We hear rumblings of a very cool 21+ afterparty that we’ll fill you in on in due time. In the meantime, check out “Human 2000,” the first single from Marching Band.
For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, Plow United bassist, Ex-Friends singer-guitarist and occasional Key contributor Joel Tannenbaum shares his top music news headlines* of 2012.
5. Julio Iglesias releases Saludos desde Asbury Park, NJ, a song-by-song rebuttal to Bruce Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.
4. Joey Sweeney releases digital-only retrospective spanning his 80+ year career.
Early vaudeville material largely ignored.
3. The Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” certified top-selling mini-disc single of 2012.
2. Ben Nichols of Lucero cast as Eddie in Ang Lee’s Eddie and the Cruisers remake.
Other members of Lucero not cast as Cruisers.
1. Chris Christie realizes lifelong dream of meeting Glenn Danzig.
Meeting facilitated by President Obama during Hurricane Sandy aftermath.
Thanks to Justin Agnew and Tom Kretchmar.
Plow United turned in their punk rock digs for conventional life in 1998, taking up normal jobs and watching their records go out of print. But after filling a slot at the 2011 Riot Fest East in Philadelphia, the Wilmington-born trio seemingly picked up right where they left off. Ok, maybe not right where they left off – a considerable following built around the enigma of the band after its break-up, elevating Plow United to a popularity they hadn’t experienced since their heyday in the mid-Atlantic punk scene of the nineties.
About a year ago, Plow United stopped by the XPN studios for a Key Studio Session where bassist Joel Tannenbaum (an occasional contributor to The Key) and guitarist Brian McGee talked about working on a new album. That new album has now been titled Marching Band will be released in April 2013 on vinyl, CD and digitally through Jump Start Records, fifteen years after the band’s last offering. Stream the first single, “Human 2000,” below and check out a full track-listing on Jump Start Records’ Bandcamp page.
It’s the last month of 2012, meaning one final round of Tuesday Tune-Out showcases at PhilaMOCA. This month’s curators are the venerable Bands In The Backyard crew, who bring some adventurous pairings of music and film for the next three Tuesdays.
I knew that I dug what these guys were up to as soon as I saw their video of Ages playing in the back of Johnny Brenda’s. In the year and a half since then, they’ve faithfully documented the Philly scene in videos that range from lo-fi immediacy to multi-camera productions, showcasing the town’s up-and-coming acts as well as buzzing national bands that make their way through. I’m happy to welcome them to this space to talk about what they have in store for the December Tune-Out. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading →
British ska revival group The English Beat will be performing this evening with The Paul Collins Beat at World Café Live. The English Beat, spearheaded by Dave Wakeling, recorded three albums together between 1980 and 1982. The all-ages show tonight will start at 8; more ticket information can be found here. Below, watch The English Beat perform “Save It For Later” from their 1982 record, Special Beat Service.