The Plurals is a Lansing, MI-based band whose members – Hattie on drums, Nich on bass, and Tommy on guitar – equally share vocal and songwriting duties. They started playing noisy punk stuff together while still in high school and after a while founded the DIY record label GTG Records, releasing the first Plurals album in 2008. The Plurals started touring nationally in 2011, bringing their spin on fuzzy, punk-influenced rock and roll to just about every dive bar and DIY space along the way.
In May 2019 The Plurals announced the ongoing release of their 5th album “BEES,” beginning with the first installment, the 5 song EP “Mumblebee.” The first self-produced Plurals release in a decade, the EP features hints of genre-bending textures among the patented midwestern noise-pop The Plurals have specialized in over the years. Volume 1, recorded by Tommy at GTG House, features contributions from longtime friends Timmy Rodriguez and Adam Aymor, mixing by George Szegedy (Crystal Drive, People’s Temple), artwork by Hattie, and Nich doing impressions of people’s dads that have woken us up on tour after discovering that we crashed in their house. Volume two, “Grumblebee” (also recorded by Tommy at GTG), followed in December 2019, featuring 3 new Plurals songs plus a rendition of longtime band friend Dale J Gordon’s song “Undergound Band.” Volume three, “Stumblebee,” is a saga unto itself as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – in short, the scheduled studio sessions were cancelled as everyone quarantined for the spring, but the band persevered by undertaking remote sessions and Tommy built a makeshift basement studio that flooded with sewage the day after the EP was mixed. The 6 song June 2020 release (four songs mixed by Tommy and two songs mixed by Eric “CrookedSound” Merckling) veers between sunshine pop, psychedelia, punk, and noise rock with vocal assists by Josh David and Danielle Gyger. The final “BEES” LP is slated for release in 2021 and will feature finished and reworked material from the experimental, piecemeal “Stumblebee” sessions alongside remixed and re-sequenced versions of the first two volumes.
“This is the sort of straight-up no-bullshit punked-out rock’n’roll noise that eschews needless fancy schamcy pretense and instead goes right for the jugular with rip-snorting fury and abandon. Accolades don’t come much better than that.” – Jersey Beat
“Certain artists pull you in. Hearing them makes you say “I could do that. I should do that!” The Ramones. The Minutemen. The Plurals belong in this company. Seeing them live is revelatory. They’re one of the few groups today whose influences aren’t merely contemporary, yet they don’t fall into some retro trap either. They simply play rock music, styles and conventions and trends be damned.” – Razorcake
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BEES (GTG) volume 1 “Mumblebee” released 5/2019, volume 2 “Grumblebee” released 12/2019, volume 3 (pandemic edition) “Stumblebee” released 6/2020
SWISH (GTG) released 9/2017
An Onion Tied To My Belt (GTG /Infintesmal/Diet Pop Records) released 7/2015
The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective (GTG/BMP) released 5/2011
Whatevers Forever (GTG/BMP) released 8/2008
EPs and full discography here, it’s long!
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