The Plan have got a certain nervous energy about them so no surprises then that the debut’s called Nervous Energy. “Talking Heads meets the Breeders” is what the press release wants us to believe and I get it - it’s jaunty, layered no wave with garage elements and ESG style dance beats. Out on the excellent Southend Records.
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- Nervous Energy by The Plan
Hang on, my dad used to work in Southend. Must ask him about that. Anyway this is a five piece, lop-sided post punk band who all live in Southend. Every single one of them. Straight away it sounds like they aren't affiliated by any scene (unless there's a Southend scene we don't know about) because they sound ridiculously original.
At times it's like the Au Pairs playing around with elastic bands. They have a rubbery quality as if their songs are being twanged whilst the members are sat in a dingy. The songs go in all kind of directions you wouldn't expect. Opener 'Annotate the Text' is great with a catchy staccato melody, with hints of the Slits and the Raincoats. It wobbles back and forth with great multi-layered vocals. It's all angular, a total nuisance, with shifting rhythms and changes of tone and tempo. Bits of Beefheart, of course, and they have a relaxed attitude towards tuning the guitars.
The wonders of sticking five creative people in a room and letting them get on with it. If Peel were alive etc etc.
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