Share new single/video ‘Bright Lights’:
Announce live dates inc. London shows in November and December
Debut album, Nervous Energy out now on Southend Records
“As faultless and authentic as contemporary post-punk gets.” – Loud and Quiet, 8/10
“A band with a wide open vision, the group fuse post-punk with folk, no wave with psych. It’s a heady brew, and one we haven’t really tasted before. Effortlessly inventive” – Clash
“a fine mixture of amped-up dancefloor rockers, thudding ballads, and off-kilter pop” –AllMusic
‘Immediately hooked’ – Everett True
THE PLAN has been described as ‘Talking Heads meets the Breeders’ but their debut album Nervous Energy (13th October, Southend Records) takes the band in a more progressive and experimental direction. Post-punk in origin but with overtones of no wave, psych and garage rock, the record flaunts its flexibility with a mismatch of emotions. Nihilism, humour and pure joy compete and collude with an overriding positivity carrying all songs.
Today, The Plan unveils new single and video, the off-kilter ‘Bright Lights‘, written about “the conflicting desire for peace and simplicity vs the desire for instability, chaos and extremity. The video features Amy Glover’s ink drawings of The Plan’s faces, devoid of emotion, and in the chorus these images merge with a clip from an installation called “The Element of a Thread” by Anne Hamilton. The footage was kindly loaned to us by US author Anne Kreamer, who we later learned helped launch Spy magazine and co-produced Sesame Street so many thanks to her on all counts…” Watch it below…
Friday 3rd November – Urban Bar, Whitechapel, London w/ Mr Yolk, Dog Chocolate & Baboo
Saturday 18th November – The Railway, Southend-on-Sea w/ Euros Childs
Saturday 2nd December – Five Bells, New Cross, London
Friday 15th December – Jamboree, Limehouse, London w/ Witching Waves & The Wolfhounds
Saturday 16th December – Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea
Nervous Energy showcases THE PLAN’s love of straightforwardly good tunes that get screwed-up by degrees. Fierce beats, unruly guitars and barely suppressed mania from the keys and homemade-cello underlay soaring harmonies delivered by well-matched female vocals. ‘You can dance to it too’, they claim.
Originally the side project of Rebecca Gillieron from all-female trio Wetdog (Angular Records, Upset The Rhythm), THE PLAN has become a force of its own. Forming last summer, this definitive line-up includes previous members of Vic Godard’s Subway Sect, Private Trousers and The Ghosts and keeps itself close to home: half the members live together, some are married, many are related.
Song themes shape-shift across the record; subjects range from childhood memories (“‘The Wall‘ was triggered by the memory of throwing a tennis ball against a brick wall at primary school for hours”), romanticising about natural, local luxuries (‘Abbey Wood‘), abandoning inhibitions and jumping straight into the unknown (‘Pier Party Nerves‘), “the conflicting desires of wanting a nice, quiet, controlled and peaceful life but at the same time harbouring after extreme chaos and instability” (‘Bright Lights‘), and the simple joys of being a parent (‘Chorus’).
The band has varied tastes but share a love of post-punk greats like Talking Heads, This Heat, Wire, The Fall, as well as slightly lesser-known punk/post-punk/alternative classics like The Prats, Country Teasers, Male Nurse, Yummy Fur, Fire Engines, mixed with a desire to throw in big ESG-style dance beats and pop hooks like genius Kim Deal.
THE PLAN all live in Southend-on-Sea, flourishing on its beach life and doing their bit to secure its reputation as the ‘cultural capital’ of Essex.
SOUTHEND RECORDS is a new label set up in 2016 to promote imaginative bands from the Estuary area: www.southendrecords.com
1. Annotate The Text
2. Bright Lights
3. Waiting For You
4. Tower Block
7. Pier Party Nerves
11. Abbey Wood
12. The Wall