“00s Nostalgia with The Plimptons” is the new album by 6-piece Glasgow band The Plimptons, who have been honing their brand of DIY pop for 11 years. This, their 3rd album, retains the quintessentially Plimptons sense of melody and fun, but expands the scope to make an ambitious, resonant and masterfully executed pop album. The album includes the single “Lonely Old Man”, described by BBC6’s Tom Robinson as “just genius”.
The album is the product of 2 years recording and a decades-worth of living for the 6-piece, the 15 songs running the gamut across every side of the perfect pop polyhedron: From tortured new wave to stomping northern soul; from a Phil Spector sized ballad to sharp punk hectoring; from stuttering glam hooks to a 6-minute epic that goes from jazz-tinged heartbreak to club-ready electro and back again.
The Plimptons first formed in 1999 around the songwriting core of Adam (vocals) and Martin Smith (guitar/vocals), then 16, who shared a common ideal to make creative and upbeat pop music which avoided lyrical cliché, an attitude which marked them out as oddities in the musical climate of the time. As the increasingly short-lived cultural epochs of the 00s rose and fell around them, The Plimptons honed their unique brand of pop, releasing 2 full length albums in (2005 and 2007) a series of singles (in 2008-9), and building a cult following in the process.
In addition to critical praise (“Utterly spellbinding” – Daily Record, “Moments of deranged pop genius just leap out of this album like popcorn” – Manchester Music, “There is not a stinker on the CD…. All the songs rawk!!”, Punk Globe, “it’s hard to fault this… Here’s to the next 10 years of the Plimptons.”– Is This Music?. “What music should be all about.. fast, furious and fun”– Loudhorizon blog), the band have achieved widespread radio play both within the UK and internationally. High profile DJs who have been supporters of the band include the BBC’s Tom Robinson, Phill Jupitus, Canada’s Nardwuar the Human Serviette and US radio legend Doctor Demento.
The Plimptons have also established themselves as an energetic live presence, fusing the raw energy of early punk with the kind of theatrics not seen since the heyday of The Sensational Alex Harvey band. Their reputation as an unmissable live band has earned support slots with acts as diverse as The Real McKenzies, Art Brut, Groovie Ghoulies, Sultans of Ping FC, Bis, Half Man Half Biscuit, Jim Bob (of Carter USM) and Kevin Seconds.
“00s Nostalgia with The Plimptons” is out now and available through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp and all good digital distributors. More details HERE.