‘Consistently frontier-nudging electro-pop with its head in a sine-wave laboratory but its feet firmly on the dance floor.’ – Nylon Magazine
PLUGS are a London-based three-piece made-up of front-man/guitarist Morgan Quaintance, bass player David Chin and Boomer Opperman on drums. The group formed when David and Morgan met studying electronic music and contemporary art at university. After graduating the pair recruited Boomer, turned their backs on samplers and electronics, and decided to play the fastest, loudest and most distorted guitar music they could.
‘it was pretty abrasive stuff. We only really wrote it to play live. To be honest it was really just a chance for me to hurl myself into a drumkit every night ‘ Morgan
Several broken guitars and stage invasions later the band returned to computers and synths, releasing two independent EP’s and a single: the first, That Number, released on People In The Sky, was Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and Single of the Week everywhere from Radio 2 to 6 Music. The single, All Them Witches, went on to secure rave reviews with love pouring in everywhere from NME to MTV and various corners of the blogosphere. Regular appearances on BBC radio’s 1 and 6 included a live studio session with George Lamb and an incredible mini mix for Annie Mac, which saw Morgan create a new track out of 25 tunes from the Ed Banger back catalogue.
‘ There are plenty of reasons to be excited about this lot. The schizophrenic live show for starters. The already considerable catalogue of skewed electro pop. The fact that they’re genuinely the nicest guys in the business. Spend five minutes with them and it’s clear they’re a little bit different to other bands. Tired clichés and boring bravado are nowhere to be seen.’ – NME
Following great shows at Reading and Leeds festivals, the Camden Crawl at Koko (with Echo & The Bunnymen), Field Day, and a number of high profile support dates with groups like Friendly Fires, The Noisettes, and more, the band withdrew from public appearances to work on new material.
‘We decided to step back from things and immerse ourselves in stuff that was really inspiring us. Things like the soundtracks of John Carpenter, early 70s and 80s computer animation, classic electronic music, CAN, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Black Sabbath. We wanted to write music that could blend a lot of what we were hearing and bring that to people. The album we’re finishing right now will represent that. We’ve also been working on representing this visually with an artist named Alden Volney.’ -Morgan
PLUGS are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow, Doves, Depeche Mode) which will be released in the first quarter of 2012.
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