Speed the Plough at the Red Wheelbarrow August 18

Up Next: A Show in Paterson

We’re totally looking forward to our next show, Saturday, August 18 at The Red Wheelbarrow in the historic district in Paterson with our long-time friends and frequent collaborators Wild Carnation. This special show, featuring extended sets by both bands, will be perfect for this unique venue – a repurposed century old former silk mill.

“Doors” are at 6, with the first set to begin at 6:30. But we’d strongly suggest coming down early to take a tour of the Great Falls and Hinchliffe Stadium, and maybe grab a few hot dogs all-the-way and some cold beers at the nearby old school mecca, Libby’s. We’re really hoping to see lots of our friends come out and support this interesting new venue. Tickets are $15 and are available here. Oh, and BYOB, discreetly.

We’d be remiss in not thanking everyone for the lovely reception to our latest album …And Then. The wide-ranging international response was very gratifying and we were very encouraged by the reaction to our bit of unusual packaging. We’re glad that it made it possible to get it to more people.

Here’s a taste of some of the wonderful reviews that greeted the album:

“…And Then is a welcome addition to Speed the Plough’s catalog, a fine example of their endurance, humanity and empathic songwriting.”
– from an AP review that ran in countless outlets including The Washington Post, NY Daily News, Houston Chronicle, London Telegraph, and Toronto Star

“No matter what shape the band takes or what musical avenues they decide to explore, Speed the Plough always deliver the goods.“
– from a review in Jersey Beat, where the album made the Top 20 list for 2017

“…the group displays their musical prowess and keeps the listener on their toes with the variety of sounds they are able to create together.“
– from a review in Imperfect Fifth

Check out an in-depth preview of the album in Vintage Vinyl Music.

And here’s a tip-of-the-hat to the Hungarian origins of the opening track.

Just to catch up, we’ve all been quite busy on a multitude of musical fronts. Ed and John played a few shows with Dave’s band Yung Wu in support of the reissue of Shore Leave on Bar-None Records. And Toni, Ed and John have been working on wrapping up the debut album by The Campfire Flies, a group including Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried of The Cucumbers and Matt Davis of the Thousand Pities. The project features songs by Deena, Ed, Matt and John, afloat in a sea of vocal harmonies and stringed and squeezed instruments. This music should be adorning your ears later in 2018. And, if that were not enough, Michael has put his band Garden Party back together with James and ex-STP drummer John Demeski, and the sounds they’re making in the practice room are just outstanding. More from them too.

Speed the Plough

The Latest Album: Revisiting Early Themes

And Then

Speed the Plough released their 9th album …And Then in December. The recording is 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 includes 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.

…And Then players include 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.

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.