Plow United (Record Release Show!)
The Orphans, Iron Chic, Spraynard
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
Plow United (Record Release Show!)
Fourteen years passed between Plow United records. Fourteen years is a long time. Brian, Joel and Sean spent those 14 years moving restlessly–and separately–around the country and the world, sometimes keeping in touch, sometimes not, sometimes playing music, sometimes not.
But throughout that time, the memories were there: pushing, pulling, guiding. Memories of lessons learned, reminders of scars borne, and the occasional unearthing of an old record while moving from place to place all brought the past to present. And, at the same time, the songs, long out-of-print, were winding their way from person to person and town to town in disembodied, digital form.
The songs on Marching Band are direct responses to the frenetic energy that resurfaced when Plow United took to a stage again in 2011. if you listen carefully, you can almost hear Plow United (circa 1996) performing these tracks. However, one thing Plow circa '96 could not have accounted for is time: these songs are the product of an extra 42 years added to three lives. The old Plow United songs were about wanting to be recognized as adults, or about realizing all the things you'd been told about life and how to live it were wrong, and being fucking pissed about it. The new Plow United songs – the ones on Marching Band – are about not giving in to cynicism, about not lowering expectations, about not giving up hope, even when giving up hope seems like the sensible thing to do.
They say that the first album is the easiest to write. You have your whole lives to write the first album. Subsequent ones have to be cranked out in a year or two. Marching Band is the first Plow United record in over a decade, and in a way that means the band has the chance to make a first album all over again, with all that time and all those new experiences from which to draw, not to mention all those half-finished songs, lyrical snippets jotted down but never completed, songs written for other projects that fizzled out before their time.
From the boundless joy of "Human 2000" - the band's ode to its audience - to the rage, frustration and teeth-gritting determination of "Falling, Deeply", to the raucous affection of "Get Low," it's clear that Plow United has expanded their reach without dulling their edge. Marching Band isn't a comeback. It's a never-left.
The Orphans formed in 1995 and played their first show in West Chester, PA. Armed with some tapes, spray-painted stencil patches and an eventual 7” on Creep Records, they played as fast as they could in basements, rented halls, and even some backyards. With song titles such as “The Government Stole My Germs CD” and “Big Brother, Bigger Mother,” how could you go wrong? The band kind of broke up in 1997 and then again in 2000 when singer Erik Petersen formed Mischief Brew...but have reformed for one reason or another since then, if the prospect of a ragingly fun show was before them. This time, it’s to share a stage once again with Plow United, something you might have seen in 1996 at the Wilmington VFW Hall, or the Creep House living room on Halloween...
Melodic, anthemic punk from Long Island, NY featuring some of the folks that brought you Small Arms Dealer, Latterman, Capital & Jonesin', only this time with a more heavy Satanic influence. Iron Chic are not real. Dead Broke Records.
So Spraynard went ahead and made the punk record of the century, and then, because they are obnoxiously nice guys, they decided to give it away for free so they can spread their positive message of waking up and not caring and maximizing potential to the world. Get into it.
It's a lot like the Mighty Ducks. Or the Little Giants. Or even the Big Green. You know all those kids' sports movies (not Air Bud) where the team of future pro athletes who look like they are twenty-five years old even though they are supposed to be in middle school get wrecked in the big game by a gang of lovable misfits who are obviously there because they love the game and not because they really care all that much about winning? It's a lot like that, except the kids on steroids are actually Screeching Weasel or something and Spraynard can't ice skate. It's a metaphor, people. It's not going to be perfect.
But basically, this is an amazing record made by some of the best people you'll ever meet. Download it, listen to it non-stop for the next few weeks, and then go sing along with them on their big US tour this summer. I'm pretty sure you'll have a good time.
Funtitled will be physically available on May 10th from Asian Man Records.
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