Wednesday, 21 May 2014

PLANK - 'HIVEMIND' - aA2w/066 - LP RELEASE & TOUR DATES for Summer 2014

 PLANK . Hivemind . June 30th

It’s in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism two years ago, the instrumental trio and have thematically splintered the number of beings on new album Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. It’s apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth.

The album is dedicated to our friend and comrade Charlie Bayley aka Softpriest, who came up with the album title before his passing. Dave from Plank initially wanted to call it Insecticide before Charlie intervened. “He pointed out it seemed like a contradiction to have an album that was meant to be celebrating our insect brethren to then name it after the destroyer of all insects,” Dave says. “Hivemind worked on an entomological level and also suggested the collective mind set you need to you play in a band like Plank. It was perfect.”

Definitely an album designed for vinyl (it will be on 180 gram) with side A more song structures and side B should be listened to as one complete piece. Check out the opening track 'Grasshoppers From Mars' here: 

The record will be out 30th June on CD, download and heavyweight vinyl and you can preorder it here and get a Grasshoppers mp3 right away - pre-order here via Bandcamp

The album launch will be Friday 27th June at at Klondyke Club, Levenshulme - click here to purchase advance tickets at £6 - we'll have full details very soon...

 It's going to be a busy summer for the lads, who have a ton of festivals and their first European jaunt:

01st June - Hull Matinee - Hull, UK
05th June - Deaf Institute (with The Phantom Band) - Mcr, UK
13th June - Ramsgate Music Hall - Ramsgate, UK

14th June - Festival De Bestuiving - Utrecht, The Netherlands
15th June - Music City - Antwerp, Belgium
18th June - Kuze - Potsdam, Germany
19th June - Urban Spree - Berlin, Germany

21st June - The Water Rats - London, UK
27th June - Klondyke Club (album launch - tickets here), Levenshulme, Mcr, UK

01st-03rd August - Cloudspotting Festival
07th -10th August - Beacons Festival
14th-17th August - Greenman Festival
5th-7th September - Festival Number 6
26th-27th September - Liverpool Psych Fest