London Plane is a six-piece juggernaut, made up of David Mosey (guitar and vocals), Jessica Cole (vocals), Bryan Garbe (drums), Grant Parker (bass), Julian Tulip (synths) and Kristofer Widholm (guitar). Their roots trace back to 2014 backstage at a tribute show to the recently deceased Lou Reed, when Psychedelic Furs’ Joe McGinty introduced David to Jessica, who were both performing.
Their new collection of tracks is electrifying, possessed, pulsing and relentless. Its content was greatly informed by several internal tragedies faced by band members during its production, including the deaths of family members, coupled with the tumultuous political situation that saw the ascension of villains. Where the vocals let in some hope, the bass snarls like something Lemmy would be proud of, the drums rumble and hiss, and the serrated guitar preens as cold as a weapon of mass destruction.
Rejecting a culture of me-first indulgence, ‘Bright Black’ is as hook-filled avant-rock study in context and contradictions — snarling while disco, ruminative while dancey, cerebral while demented, fogs of sweetness becoming venom, melancholy becoming hope, with bass-bruising grooves over lush textures. Recalling the threat of imminent cultural, sociopolitical and ecological devastation, these songs are intentional, forceful and direct, crafted as London Plane confronts the ascension of villains (you know who) and the fading of heroes (i.e. Bowie, Ennio Morricone, Stephen Hawking, Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
Following the success of their 2018 debut album ‘New York Howl’, London Plane methodically worked on new material in late 2019-early 2020. The identity and frame of the songs formed during short, intense sessions of listening to their ideological and sonic forebears, such as Kate Bush, Iggy, Bauhaus and Stravinsky. Capturing the spirit the moment it showed up, these songs are willful, barbed, sardonic and hopeful, at once nodding to the spaghetti western and British post-punk goth anthems.
London Plane recently released the singles ‘Bright Black’ and ‘Come Out of the Dark’, both offering a glimpse of brightness amidst the invasion of darkness after having earlier released ‘Francesco (Italiano)’, the original ‘Francesco’ single and ‘Watch That Madman Go’, a highly relevant rebuke of propaganda and the grand tradition of political dictatorship.
The ‘Bright Black’ album will be released on June 17, available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp, where it can already be pre-ordered.
Produced by McKenzie Stubbert and David Mosey
Recorded at House Under Magic Studio, Brooklyn
Engineered by Danny Taylor at House Under Magic Studio, Brooklyn
Mixed by Mckenzie Stubbert
All lyrics by David Mosey
Music By David Mosey, Kristofer Widholm, Grant Parker, Bryan Garbe
Record cover art by Yoshi Sodeoka
FOR FANS OF: Bauhaus, Bowie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, XTC, Shriekback, Gary Numan, Wire, Soft Kill, Interpol, Preoccupations, Protomartyr, The Primitives, The KVB, Iggy Pop, The Cramps
“Bursting with the earnest romance of Gothic poetry tinged with the ennui of 21st-century dystopia” ~ POST-PUNK.COM
“Exciting post-punk replete with scything, mountainous guitars and a thunderous, pounding, insistent rhythm that sets the pulse racing” ~ BACKSEAT MAFIA
“Fresh punchy punk urgency, synth touches, and new wave rock. London Plane would have been equally at home playing CBGB’s and the Batcave – a band that is clearly inspired by the formative cauldron of revolution that erupted from the golden days of NYC’s 70’s punk, along with the dark elements of Joy Division wariness and Bauhaus’ temperament” ~ SPILL MAGAZINE
“Rumbling, viscerally noirish, and garnished with glimmering switchblade guitars and driving percussion, it clambers through the darkest of tunnels and into the light” ~ GOD IS IN THE TV
“Gutsy slab of avante pop… deliciously dark” ~ POP MATTERS
“Punchy and elegant pop songs” — LOUDER THAN WAR
“London Plane are on my list as leading the pack of rock bands who comment on the human condition” ~ PUNK ROCK BEAT
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