Speed The Plough – Speed The Plough – Cassette
Speed the Plough is the debut studio album by the American indie rock band Speed the Plough. The album was released in 1989 and shares the same title as the band itself. Speed the Plough was formed in New Jersey and was known for their melodic and jangly guitar-driven sound.
Speed the Plough arose out of the ashes of the Trypes, which was partly made up of the members of the Feelies, a band that reactivated itself in the late ’80s. The remaining member of the Trypes stayed together and added new members, becoming Speed the Plough.
Though richly layered with woodwinds and acoustic guitars, John Baumgartner’s songs bore a clear relationship to those of Feelies members Glenn Mercer and Bill Million.The songs on SPEED THE PLOUGH are centered on grooves, though they are pastoral in their bearing. These lushly propulsive pieces build upon a few chords and realize their power through intricate song structure. The vocals of Baumgartner and Toni Paruta are unadorned and function largely as another element in the tapestry of the arrangement.
The self-titled album features a mix of folk-rock and indie pop sensibilities. The songs are characterized by catchy melodies, layered harmonies, and a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation. The album’s sound is often described as a fusion of indie rock with elements of Americana and alternative folk.
Some notable tracks from Speed the Plough include “Marina,” “Melancholy Monk,” and “Sunshine.” These songs demonstrate the band’s ability to create melodic and introspective music, often with a touch of bittersweetness.
While Speed the Plough may not have achieved mainstream success, their self-titled album gained a devoted following within the indie rock community. The band continued to release music throughout the years, evolving their sound while maintaining their signature melodic sensibilities.
Speed the Plough serves as an introduction to the band’s music, showcasing their talent for crafting heartfelt and melodic indie rock. It remains a notable release in their discography and a reflection of their contributions to the alternative music scene.
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