Emerging Artists #22 – Plant Plants
July 4, 2011 by Chris Cummins
Following our recent lo-fi love in with the likes of The History of Apple Pie and Bleeding Knees Club, we’ve returned to the other side of the musical spectrum with an introduction from East London duo Stuart Francis and Howard Whatley, aka Plant Plants…
Standard first question; how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?
We’re both London based but Stu is originally from Canada. We formed PP in 2010 after the loss of a few mutual friends and it just felt right to hook up and get some of this shit of our chests. We had met each other touring in separate bands in around 2005.
What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?
We always wanted to make music that’s organic sounding, we’re really in to the production style of RZA, old school Hip Hop and Hardcore from the 90s. So I guess you could say we’re influenced by all sorts. Nowadays there is so much technology available for us to use, so we try and mix it up with a combination of modern and vintage effects, 90s samplers. Hopefully our love some both these styles comes through in the music… We have a few secrets when it comes to recording but all the demos were made at our studio in Hackney and then pimped by Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco) for the EP.
Where was the band’s first show and what was it like?
It was White Heat at Madame JoJo’s. Awesome night, it felt like we had been waiting forever to get out there and play a show, we had some intense rehearsals prior to our debut. Trying to get our heads around all the equipment was hard work at first but also a lot of fun building our setups from scratch.
What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?
Probably The Great Escape After Party, it was siiiiick! We played at about 3.30am, everyone was trashed and were really getting down. Someone gave Howie a model dinosaur for his pedal board, just a great vibe and nice to be involved.
What bands/artists are you into at the moment?
Going through a real Nigerian and Senegalese Hip Hop phase at the moment. All sorts though really, Gang Gang Dance, Annie Lennox, Jeru The Damaja.
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?
People have told us that the shows are pretty nuts, we work hard and creating lots of sounds through the use of loopers and effects. So it’s probably quite intense and aggressive live.
If you could get one band to reform who would it be?
One Kick Wonder.
Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?
We’re currently talking to a few peeps about the possibility of making that happen but there is a lot to consider when doing an album, our first EP just came out and we’ll have the second out by the end of the year. After that who knows..
What’s up next for the band?
We’re touring all over at the moment but heading back in to studio with Jas Shaw to start production on the 2nd EP next month. Happy Days.