Plush is one of South Africa’s most loved pop-rock bands with a huge following who lap up just about everything that these guys churn out. The time has come for Plush to return from a long absence from the national and international music scene with a self-titled fourth studio album due for release at the End of April 2011.
The Mother City-based three-piece group consisting of Rory Eliot (vocals and rhythm guitar), Emelio Gassibe (bass and vocals) and Carl Wegelin (lead guitar and vocals), have collaborated with SAMA winning producer Brian O’Shea and VUKA winning engineer Sean Gunns along with contributions from the likes of Grammy winner and engineer Vance Powell (The Raconteurs, Jack White), Neal Snyman (Crowded House, Collective Soul) and SAMA winner Matt Allison- thus making it fairly obvious that they’re set on making a real impact.
The album, being self-titled, signifies a fresh start for the band which began a movement in 2003, and found its momentum as an acoustic duo. Plush gained traction with Eliot’s frontman charisma and the creative flair of his close friend and Plush lead guitarist Chas Smit. Just as things seemed to be lifting off in 2005, tragedy struck when Smit was hit by a car and killed while trying to cross a road in Pietermaritzburg. The first single off the album entitled “Dancing In A Storm” was mixed by Grammy-Award winning Vance Powell and is due to be released to radio in the week of the 22nd March.
The band – while touring extensively in 2009 and 2010 – has spent the better part of the past two years writing, collaborating, recording and refining this new album and in an effort to make sure that all of the loyal South African fans get a chance to check them out- they put together a local tour.
The South African tour has been described as the whole package featuring both great songs and great live shows As bassist Gassibe points out, Plush thrive on the interaction with their audience. “We sing lyrics that are positive and uplifting,” he says. “Hopefully we come across as people who our friends and fans can relate to.”
Dates for the tour are as follows:
29 April, Friday: Hilton College, Pietermartizburg
30 April, Saturday: Unit 11, Durban
4 May, Wednesday: Union, Grahamstown
5 May, Thursday: Venue TBC, Port Elizabeth
6 May, Friday: Tings an Times, Pretoria
7 May, Saturday: Tanz Café, Johannesburg
11 May, Wednesday: Klein Libertas, Stellenbosch
14 May, Saturday: Assembly, Cape Town