Interview: Lower Plenty
Published on March 4th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Melbourne four-piece Lower Plenty are gearing up for the UK release of their lusciously lo-fi ‘n’ lyrical second album Hard Rubbish, so Rocksucker fired some questions over to front man Daniel Twomey in order to find out a little bit more about them…
Congratulations on a splendid new album. What has the reaction to it been like, and how do you feel about it now compared to when you were making it?
Thank you. The reaction has been overwhelming to be honest. We were very proud of the record as we worked on it. The band hasn’t been going all that long and I think we were all really happy to hear just how dynamic the sounds we were creating were as we began to construct the album. You never know, nor do you worry really, how these things are going to be received. I suppose the initial goal is to make something that you are proud of. So I am really pleased that the album has done so well in Australia.
Is the lo-fi aesthetic something you think you’ll stick with in the future, or do you have designs on a proper studio setup?
We have been recording the next album over the past six months and again it is a fairly lo-fi sound but I would hate to think that this is all we are ever going to do. Al and I want to make an album that sounds like Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison.
How did you come to the attention of Fire Records?
I don’t know really. They found us. I guess they got on the Google.
Do you know yet which festivals you might be playing this summer?
Our summer or yours? Festivals, I don’t know. Sarah’s son was born about seven months ago so touring abroad is certainly off the cards for the time being. But in the future I certainly hope we can take Lower Plenty out of Melbourne.
Have you given any thought yet to your next project as Lower Plenty? If so, what can you tell us about it at this stage? How about the various other bands you’re all in?
Like I said the next album is well on it’s way. Everyone is contributing songs to this one. There are some great songs. I think the hardest part is going to be deciding which ones make the cut. As for the other bands, Jesus, that could take a while to answer. I can tell you that Deaf Wish are at about the same stage as Lower Plenty on our next album – nearly finished but not quite there.
Which were your albums of 2012? Are there any that you’re particularly looking forward to in 2013?
There are heaps of local releases that I look forward to this year like Dick Diver, Super Wild Horses and Exhaustion to name a few.
Another Tom Waits would be nice please.
Finally, if you had to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, with the entire works of just five different artists (musical or otherwise) for company, whose would you choose?
Easy – Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” 7 inch. Over and over and over again.
Daniel Twomey, thank you.
Hard Rubbish will be released on 1st April through Fire Records.