Words by Melanie Xulu
MOOF‘s band to watch are Large Plants, the new project of Wolf People‘s Jack Sharp. Started during a song-writing and recording frenzy during the 2020 lockdown while psych-folk luminaries Wolf People were on hiatus, Sharp played and recorded all instruments for the songs on the forthcoming album. In the summer of 2021 the tracks were mixed by American singer-songwriter and producer Chris Cohen (formerly of Deerhoof and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti). The resulting sound has been described as ‘a kind of scuzzy, heavy, psych rock, sweetened by a rich vein of bucolic sorrow.’ Sharp has now assembled a four-piece band which includes his music students The Taylor Twins (brothers Oliver and Edward Taylor), and Joe Woolley of The Lords of Thyme. They’ve already started to tour the new material, including a gig with the legendary Bonnie Dobson at the Betsey Trotwood and at our friend’s Shindig Magazine‘s fantastic new night Happening!
We had the pleasure of watching the band’s live performance at Shindig’s event and were taken aback by their fuzzy thumping folk-rock – emphasised with a vintage drum kit and six string bass – this band have got it right down to the finest detail. Though still a relatively new project, it has to be said that their sound is as distinctive as it is polished.
Their first single ‘The Carrier’ was released in May 2021 and their upcoming single just so happens to be a cover of Madonna‘s ‘La Isla Bonita’. Perhaps an unlikely choice, but it works! Originally posted as an April Fool’s joke, their listeners were so taken in by their interpretation of Madonna’s pop masterpiece that it is now due for release as a limited edition 7″ on cult label Ghost Box in December. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.
The future is bright for Large Plants, they are undoubtedly one of the more positive things to come out of life in lockdown.
Large Plants – The Carrier
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