Is it me or does it seem like more and more bands are going back to recording live? Maybe its just all the promotional videos that the bands release showing them sitting around a cabin or studio knocking out jams as they flesh out a song. Well add, P&A’s new release to the collection.
Upon reading the presser that came with The End of That, there was a ton of lip service paid to the recording style. Lead Plant, Warren Spicer had this to say, “On this record, our gear that we play is the gear we play live. It has a more cohesive feeling to it.”
On every prior Plants and Animals LP since I was bowled over my their with/avec LP; I have been underwhelmed on the first couple of spins. And then over time, I gradually warmed to the release, Parc Avenue considerably more than La La Land. On The End of That, I went through the same program but I came around much quicker than the other two. Maybe all the talk of the live recording process seeped into my sub-conscious but this album really does a nice job of capturing their live performance. It also is quite a bit more laid back than La La Land.
The lead single Lightshow at its core a song that a singer/songwriter would sing. Spicer just strumming along on his acoustic. But Plants and Animals are never one to go the simple route, have Nic Basque flesh it out with some outstanding electric guitar.
And while think this is their most laid back album, it doesn’t mean that P&A aren’t pushing the boundaries. Crisis! was a tune that annoyed me at first but it slowly became one of my favorites. Woodman bangs out a funky beat while Basque plays some chords that feel like he just made them up on the spot. Spicer’s sing/speak vocals really work on this tune.
P&A are going to be touring this spring and making the requisite stop down in Austin for SxSW to promote the new album. They were the first set I ever caught at Homeslice Pizza. Here’s hoping for a return engagement.