August 2018

November 2018

PLENTY BACK IN The STUDIO

Tim, Brian and Dave met up in November to work on a possible second album - more details on the Facebook page ….

July 2018

NEW INTERVIEW FROM TIM

Tim had given an interview to PROGLODYTES which includes information about PLENTY - more details on the Facebook page 

June 2018

PLENTY REHEARSE FOR FIRST TIME IN 32 YEARS

Tim, Brian and Dave met up in May to rehearse and record - more details on the Facebook page ….

NEW DIARY ENTRY FROM TIM

Tim has written a new Diary Update which includes information about PLENTY - more details on Tim's website. 

May 2018

PLENTY ALBUM HITS THE CHARTS

It Could Be Home" has entered the Official Charts for New Releases at number 16

The album was also listed on the Progressive Rock Streaming Charts at number 24

April 2018

MORE ALBUM REVIEWS

 

We are getting closer to the official release date of Plenty's debut album - this Friday 27th April

The number of on-line and in print reviews is growing steadily

For more reviews see MEDIA page

Here are some quotes ....

"An album that oozes class and quality from every musical moment"

Progradar

"Another uptempo track is Climb, which has a real post-punk meets The Associates taking a quick detour via The Comsat Angels (circa the Fiction album). What a marvellous melting pot."

Mr. Kinski's Music Shack

ALBUM REVIEW

"It Could Be Home" is reviewed in the current April 2018 issue of PROG magazine !

For more reviews see MEDIA page

March 2018

ALBUM REVIEW

"It Could Be Home" is reviewed in the current April 2018 issue of Classic Pop magazine - it gets 4 stars out of 5 !

STRANGE GODS VIDEO

Plenty have released a video for Strange Gods from the album It Could Be Home, which is released by Karisma Records on 27 April 2018.

 

Buy the album on Vinyl or CD from Burning Shed.

“Strange Gods was originally written in 1987 and the 2018 It Could Be Home version doesn’t change much lyrically or structurally. In terms of its melancholy atmosphere and highly textured soundscape, it was always one of my favourite Plenty songs and I feel we’ve managed to reinterpret it with a sense of grace that the original hinted at but ultimately lacked. It shares some qualities with the 1980s output of The Blue Nile and David Sylvian, but I feel it’s very much its own song and that it’s a great example of a particular aspect of Plenty’s music.” Tim Bowness 2018

February 2018

PLENTY - KARISMA RECORDS UPDATE

VIDEO AND SINGLE RELEASE

Karisma Records have good news today for fans of PLENTY because today they bring you two tracks from the upcoming album “It Could Be home” . One is a single release for the track “Hide” and the other is a lyric video for the track “Every Stranger’s Voice”.

Of “Every Stranger’s Voice” Bowness has this to say:

“Every Stranger’s Voice” was one of the last songs written by Plenty during its first incarnation and dates from 1990. It’s one of the grand ‘doomed romantic ballads’ that partly defined Plenty and early No-Man. I always felt it was one of the strongest songs we’d come up with, but it had the misfortune of emerging in the month that No-Man got its first record and publishing deals so was abandoned very shortly after being written. Michael Bearpark’s searing solo on the track is a real highlight for me. Bob Hodds’ atmospheric video ambiguously captures the emotional ‘force of nature’ that drives the lyric”.

With regard to the single “Hide”, Bowness went on to say:

“”Hide” is one of the few Plenty pieces that betrays the band’s origins as part of the thriving Liverpool Post-Punk/Art Pop scene of the 1980s. It was written in 1987 and was an important part of the live performances we did at the time. All two of them! I always liked the fact that the song itself hid a dark lyric about mental illness and the desire for retreat behind a jaunty and propulsive musical facade. As I croon about someone’s tragic decline and stasis, Brian and David’s playing exudes something joyous and surprising. The lyric was inspired by a friend who also provided part of the inspiration behind No-Man’s Animal Ghost”.

“Hide” is available from all the usual streaming and download services details of which can be found at http://phonofile.link/hide

January 2018

PLENTY - IT COULD BE HOME

THE DEBUT ALBUM AFTER 30 YEARS

© 2018 weareplenty

It Could Be Home is a debut release over thirty years in the making.

 

Formed in 1986 - out of the ashes of Liverpool-based Post-Punk eccentrics A Better Mousetrap and Warringtonian Art Rock band After The Stranger - Plenty was Tim Bowness’s immediate pre-no-man band.

Distinctively echoing then contemporary artists such as The Blue Nile, It’s Immaterial and Prefab Sprout - alongside the iconic likes of David Bowie, David Sylvian/Japan and Peter Gabriel - Plenty’s music alternated between anthemic pop, poignant ballads and ambient experiments and was unheard at the time beyond two North West performances and a handful of plays on local radio stations such as Piccadilly Radio, BBC GMR, BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City.

Between Spring 2016 and Summer 2017, founder members Tim Bowness, Brian Hulse and David K Jones re-recorded Plenty’s catalogue of 1980s songs and set about completing the album the band had hoped to release three decades previously.

 

Whilst re-writing some lyrics and streamlining elements of the songs’ arrangements, the band remained faithful to both the spirit of the original recordings and the era in which the songs were written. 

Showcasing the origins of styles that subsequently became Bowness and no-man trademarks, It Could Be Home also reveals different sides to Bowness’s vocals, as Jones’s powerful bass playing and Hulse’s inventive guitar parts and pulsating electronics push Bowness into territories he’s rarely explored since the 1980s.

The Rolling Stones’ As Tears Go By is given a radical synth-heavy overhaul, Hide and Climb possess a driving Post-Punk energy, while pieces like Foolish Waking and Strange Gods anticipate the timeless atmospheric melancholy of Bowness music to come. The Good Man - the band’s first new song in 27 years - provides a seamless link between Plenty's past and the present.

It Could Be Home was mixed and instrumentally augmented by Norwegian producer Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel). 

Mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album also features contributions from former Plenty guitarist Michael Bearpark, pianist Peter Chilvers (Brian Eno, Karl Hyde) and no-man violinist Steve Bingham.

 

The album’s striking artwork was created by award-winning designer Carl Glover (Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Led Zeppelin, no-man, Marillion etc).  It could be Home is a lost Art Pop treasure well and truly found. 

 

The album will be released on Norwegian label Karisma Records on 27th April 2018, and will be available as a CD in six panel digipak, a black 140g vinyl in gatefold cover, and a limited edition140g  blue vinyl in gatefold cover. It will also be available via all major digital and streaming platforms.

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