Head over to For the Love of Punk for the announcement of dates for The Plurals summer tour, as well as an exclusive stream of “Facebook” from the forthcoming Plurals 3rd album An Onion Tied To My Belt. Thanks punk love friends!
In 2011 The Plurals went on our first “long” tour. We had made it a regular thing to do some long weekend to 10 day trips out to the east coast a couple times a year since 2007, largely to keep up with our friends that eventually formed into Honah Lee, but in the summer of 2010 on a whim I hit up a guy named Billy in Tucson, AZ to see if we could play a little festival he was putting together for April 2011 called Way Out West Fest. Billy said what few others before or since have said and said that, yes, he would have The Plurals on his inaugural festival and suddenly we had to book a tour to the southwest. And, well, since we were going that far we might as well book the west coast too. This first west coast tour was a turning point for The Plurals and was definitely many learning experiences crammed into a short period of time but the end result was that we were hungry to play for as many new audiences as we could and we haven’t really let up sense.
We wouldn’t have had such a positive experience if it weren’t for the new friends we made along the way, and one of the first was Logan Greene. When we rolled up to Tucson, AZ for the first time on April 8th, 2011 we were among the first people to show up for the fest. We went to meet up with Billy at a bar called The Hut, a Caribbean-themed college bar on the “main college drag” of Tucson; a bar we would not be frequenting were it not, perhaps bafflingly, hosting this weekend-long DIY punk fest. Sitting outside the bar was a guy with red hair and glasses and he made it a point to introduce himself to us straight away. His name was Logan and he was, as he put it, “one of the only actual local musicians playing the fest.” He didn’t say this vindictively, more just pointing it out matter-of-factly, and I knew I had met a kindred spirit right away. I have often expressed frustration at how bigger music events in the Lansing area don’t often include the musicians that make cool and interesting things happen on the day-to-day ground level and also how it’s a rare thing for a band that achieves a level of success to actually give back to the local community, so I understood Logan’s point. Logan also had pushed for their to be an all ages venue for the fest and I could see he was gunning for the fest to be as big and great as possible and that he wasn’t interested in just joining the party.
As the first Way Out West Fest went on we made a lot of friends, saw a lot of tropical mixed drinks consumed after the bar had failed to order an adequate amount of cheap beer, saw a lot of great bands, and also witnessed the phenomenon of people being unable to bounce back from partying too hard and missing large portions of the fest. Our set came in the middle of day two and we were in a little bit of a blackout area (maybe in more ways than one…) after everyone had crashed for the afternoon but before they had left the hotel to check out the evening performances (which included Tiltwheel, Toys That Kill, and Lenguas Largas… yeah, this was a good lineup!). So, we didn’t have a huge audience for our set but one of the people that made it a point to show up and bring as many people along as he could was Logan. Later on he played with his band The Bricks, and the next day he did an acoustic set with his band Doctor Dinosaur. I’ll just put it this way: the guy knows his way around a tune, and his friendly demeanor doesn’t hurt anything. A few days later when we got to San Pedro for the fist time and met our future band brothers Black Sparrow Press we noticed that there was a painting on their wall that someone had done of Logan playing an acoustic set at one of their house shows. Things like this let you immediately know that you’re among friends.
Over the years we crossed paths many more times, for Way Out West Fest 2012 and then just for Plurals tour dates in Tucson. I learned that Logan spent time as a music teacher, knew a lot of other musicians that I had respect for, and he eventually started a label called Diet Pop Records with his girlfriend Lucille Petty. In 2013 I did the “excuse to travel to California in the winter for as little money as possible” solo acoustic tour and Logan and I met up for a batch of dates in Arizona and California and sharing the stage with him for a few nights I learned a lot about how to present music in an acoustic format and I left the experience with some new songs written. In 2014 Diet Pop Records starting a cool video series called Trundle Sessions and were kind enough to invite The Plurals along to film a performance. Finally, as The Plurals imminent third album An Onion Tied To My Belt was nearing completion Diet Pop agreed to be one of the labels to help put it out. We really are family now!
So, the latest Logan Greene incarnation is a musical duo with Lucille called, get this, Logan & Lucille. They’re in the middle of a long international tour and GTG House is hosting them on FRIDAY JUNE 26TH, just a couple days after their return from the European leg. I’m really looking forward to showing my friends what we have here in Lansing and I hope everyone else can join me!
– Tommy Plural
In the sixth episode of GTG Sessions, heavy Lansing instrumental heavyweights Croatone nearly crush the GTG space to rubble with their ear crushing sounds. Check it out!
Head over to New Noise Magazine to check out the premiere of the new Plurals music video for “Prolly Knot!” Thanks so much to Lisa, Tony, and the gang over at New Noise! The Plurals album An Onion Tied To My Belt comes out July 21st!
It’s been in the works for a little while but The Plurals’ third album An Onion Tied To My Belt is done and will be out July 21st, 2015! 12 songs, four lead vocals per Plural, mixed by Eric Merckling, recorded by Eric Merckling, Isaac Vander Schuur, and The Plurals at CrookedSound, Epiphany Sound, and GTG House, mastered by Dave Eck at Lucky Lacquers, artwork by Tony Goggles, 12-inch vinyl and 4.65 inch CDs will both be available, and it’s a co-release by GTG, Infintesmal Records, and Diet Pop Records. The release party as well as the kickoff show for The Plurals summer tour will be July 18th at The Avenue Cafe in Lansing. You can pre-order the record right now!
All pre-order packages come with a new Plurals poster as well as a bonus CD of compilation songs and some demos.
Check out “Prolly Knot” from the record:
There will be plenty of related media things to come, but here’s our first, uh, teaser.
The boys are back! Enjoy ramblings + music from the Hunky Newcomers in the latest episode of GTG Sessions!
Frank and Earnest are playing Pouzza Fest in Montreal this weekend! Yep, someone thought it was a good idea to let these guys into another country and they’ll be playing alongside many many bands including The Muffs, The Dwarves, Teenage Bottlerocket, Jeff Rosenstock and many more “big” names as well as some bands that have come through GTG shows like Warm Needles, Molly Rhythm, Ray Strife, and The Howl. Check out the lineup here. Frank and Earnest play TBH Bar on Sunday night (May 17th). On the way out to Pouzza they’ll be doing their first international show ever at Smiling Buddha in Toronto on May 14th! Alas, F&E will be down one and playing as a three-piece, as lead guitar clown Tommy Plural (i.e., the guy writing this) will be trapped under thousands of plants, in a manner of speaking. It might be like Stephen King in Creepshow, or not, I’ll leave it up to you. Anyway, Frank and Earnest are the best at way they do, and they’re doing it in Canada this weekend!