Speed the Plough at Pianos, Ludlow Street, NYC, Saturday, July 7

We know, it’s been a while.

Lots of water under the bridge. Many ticks on the big clock. Volcanoes erupting left and right. A new chapter for Speed the Plough. New chapters can be good. They’re what we have next.

Like a show. At an old favorite haunt. With some old and new friends. The reconfigured Plough, with long-time Feelies percussionist Dave Weckerman (Yung Wu, Trypes) on drums and the mighty James Payne on bass, are prepping for our first show in more than a year at Piano’s, Ludlow Street, NYC on Saturday, July 7. Starting with the rousing Beirut trio Safar at 8, followed by STP at 9, and the post-everything Royal Arctic Institute at 10 and Cleveland’s own Duo Decibel System at 11. We couldn’t imagine a more eclectic bill for our re-emergence. We’re really looking forward to seeing many of our NY/NJ friends at this event to welcome our new rhythm section. Tickets are here.

We’d be remiss in not thanking everyone for the lovely reception to our latest album …And Then. The wide-ranging international response was very gratifying and we were very encouraged by the reaction to our bit of unusual packaging. We’re glad that it made it possible to get it to more people.

Just to catch up, we’ve all been quite busy on a multitude of musical fronts. Ed and John played a few shows with Dave’s band Yung Wu in support of the reissue of Shore Leave on Bar-None Records. And Toni, Ed and John have been working on wrapping up the debut album by The Campfire Flies, a group including Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried of The Cucumbers and Matt Davis of the Thousand Pities. The project features songs by Deena, Ed, Matt and John, afloat in a sea of vocal harmonies and stringed and squeezed instruments. This music should be adorning your ears later in 2018. And, if that were not enough, Michael has put his band Garden Party back together with James and ex-STP drummer John Demeski, and the sounds they’re making in the practice room are just outstanding. More from them too.

Speed the Plough

The Latest Album: Revisiting Early Themes

And Then

Speed the Plough released their 9th album …And Then in December. The recording is available on a wide array of digital and streaming outlets, as well as right here, where you can order a limited edition package that includes photos, complete credits, liner notes by novelist Rick Moody, and a digital download card offering access to high-resolution files of the album.

…And Then includes eight new tracks from Speed the Plough, along with two “bonus” tracks recorded by the original Trypes, “Running On” and “Dark Continents.” STP tracks include a cover of Brian Eno’s “By the River” and an arrangement of the traditional Hungarian folk song “Crossing the Tizsa,” plus six new songs that represent a return to the band’s earlier, simpler, somewhat more psychedelic-folk days.

Produced by John and Toni Baumgartner, the sessions were recorded by Don Sternecker at Mix-O-Lydian Studio in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and by John at his home studio. …And Then was mixed by Don Sternecker at Mix-O-Lydian and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound, Maplewood, NJ.

…And Then players include Toni (vocals, woodwinds, percussion), John (keyboard, vocals), Ed Seifert (guitars), and Michael Baumgartner (guitars), with guests Dan Francia (bass), Ken Meyer (drums), and Anna Baumgartner (spoken word). The Trypes are Elbrus Kelemet (vocals), Marc Francia (guitar), Glenn Mercer (guitar, percussion), Brenda Sauter (vocals), Toni Baumgartner (vocals, woodwinds, percussion), and John Baumgartner (keyboard, bass).

From Moody’s liner notes: “…And Then, this most recent release by Speed the Plough, speaks retrospectively to the original and continuing concerns of Speed the Plough, …concerns which I take to include Mitteleuropa, marital feeling, loneliness, New Jersey, the question of family, and the complexity and surfeiting of human pathos among all of these.”

If you’d like to hear a track, The Big Takeover recently premiered “Marina,” our re-imagining of the title track of our 1995 album on East Side Digital. Just click here. And you can hear the opening track, “Crossing the Tizsa,” among the song selections at the right.

for your listening pleasure

“Crossing the Tizsa,” from …And Then, 2017

“On A New Day,” from Now, 2016

“On A New Day,” from Now, 2016

“Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter” from Wonder Wheel, 1991

“Jane” from Tag Sale, 2013

Lucky You
“Lucky You,” from the 2011 album Shine

Coal & Courage
From our performance at the Hoboken Music and Arts Festival, September 2013, with The Feelies’ Bill Million reprising his guitar part on “Coal & Courage”

Said and Done
“Said and Done,” from the 1995 album Marina

The Ballad of Peggy Oki
“The Ballad of Peggy Oki,” one of Michael’s songs on Tag Sale.

Who Knew the World
“Who Knew the World” from the 2011 album Shine.

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The Plough & The Stars

And don’t forget
about our career-spanning retrospective, The Plough & The Stars, released by Bar-None Records in 2013. For more information, click here.