The New Album: Revisiting Early Themes

And Then

Speed the Plough are very happy to announce the release of their 9th album …And Then on December 8. The recording will be 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 offers 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.

Presently, Speed the Plough is 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.


Speed the Plough Now
Now is available now, here!

Twelve songs lovingly crafted for your listening pleasure. This limited edition release, the first in more than 20 years on the legendary Coyote Records label, is on 180-gram vinyl and includes a download coupon giving you access to 24-bit WAV files of the album.

Click here to order! (U.S. only)

To see some of the reviews that have greeted the release of Now, click here.

for your listening pleasure

“Crossing the Tizsa,” from …And Then, 2017
“On A New Day,” from Now, 2016
“Division Street” from Swerve, 2010
“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.