Mr. Plow Sign to Ripple Music; Maintain Radio Silence Due this Summer

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

At the risk of being totally honest with you, this one just warms my heart. First announced here last May prior to being recorded in the Fall, the first Mr. Plow album in more than a decade, Maintain Radio Silence, has now been confirmed for issue this this Summer via Ripple Music. As label honcho Todd Severin professes to be below, I also am a longtime Mr. Plow fan, and even in the early going of this site bemoaned the fact that it had been so long since they had a release out. At that point I think it had been three years. Little did I know.

Maintain Radio Silence was originally set for independent issue this month, but for those who know enough to have been waiting, a little more wait doesn’t seem like the worst, especially with Ripple being certainly likely to get it to more ears than it might hit otherwise. Either way, here’s to being radio silent no longer.

Long live Mr. Plow.

From the PR wire:

mr plow photo grooverock photography

Mr. Plow sign with Ripple Music

Stoner metal band MR. PLOW have signed with Ripple Music. The influential music label will release the band’s new album Maintain Radio Silence on vinyl, CD and digital formats this summer.

Label founder Todd Severin commented “I’ve been a huge fan of Mr Plow since their early days and I personally have all their albums in my collection, so it was a no-brainer to ask the lads to join the Ripple family. The new album is better than anything I’ve ever heard from them before and will definitely open up new ears and eyes in the stoner/doom community.”

Bassist Greg Green also commented “I think I can speak for the entire band when I say that we’re super pumped about signing with Ripple. Ripple is the only label that we ever talked about working with once we decided that this album needs more exposure than we could ever hope to give it releasing it on our own. And we’re in good company–the entire Ripple roster rocks.”

About Mr. Plow:

Mr. Plow formed in 1997 when Kyuss and Fu Manchu were blowing out speakers in car systems across the land. When the term “stonerrock” was joining the lexicon for music writers who needed a category for riff-based rock that was tuned down and turned up. The band were influenced heavily by the times, but sought a different direction lyrically–instead of dark and evil, they went for pop-culture references and hooky riffs. Mr. Plow was way less about skulls and satanic imagery, and way more about good times that would be the soundtrack for summer trips to the beach or skatepark.

Mr. Plow is:
Justin Waggoner: guitar/vocals
Jeremy Stone: guitar/vocals
Greg Green: bass
Cory Cousins: drums

http://mrplow.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Mr.PlowRock/
https://www.instagram.com/mrplowrock/
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
https://twitter.com/RippleMusic
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/

Mr. Plow, “Samizdat”

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Mr. Plow Announce Return and Plans for New Album Maintain Radio Silence

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Welcome back, Mr. Plow.

I always liked the Houston-based post-Fu Manchu heavy rockers, from whose lineup the likes of Sanctus Bellum and Blues Funeral at least in part sprang. Aside from the quality of their songwriting across their three records, 2000’s Head On, 2003’s Cock Fights and Pony Racin’ and 2006’s Kurt Vonnegut-themed Asteroid 25399, the charm of their references to Carlo Rossi, The Big Lebowski, and of course The Simpsons — among many others — went a long way in presenting a down-to-earth attitude that made it that much easier to relate to where they were coming from. Just a group of dudes having a good time playing cool tunes. Zero pretense.

Last time I wrote about them in more than an off-hand referential way was in 2009, so yeah, it’s been a minute, but Mr. Plow have announced they’re back and will hit the studio this September to record a new album, to be titled Maintain Radio Silence. Seems to me more likely it’ll be out in 2018 than 2017, but it’s one to watch for nonetheless, as these guys were always underrated as songwriters and after more than a decade, I’m intrigued to hear the glut of material they’ve apparently come up with and how it’s evolved from where they ended their initial run, which was some of their best work.

They posted the following on their website:

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Mr. Plow – Breaking Our Silence

Well, folks, it’s been a long time since we’ve recorded. Our last album, Asteroid 25399, was released in 2006. We then went into a long hiatus while I (Greg) moved to Florida for three years. But the time has come. We’ve now written 14(!) new tunes, and have been regularly playing more than half of them live. We’ve got studio time on the calendar for the last two weeks in September at Lucky Run studios in Houston, where our bandmate, Cory Cousins, recorded with his other band, Blues Funeral.

The title of the new album will be Maintain Radio Silence. It will be the first album with Cory on drums. Cory’s energy and musical inventiveness have given us renewed life and drive to rock. The new songs are clearly Plow songs but are also a clear evolution in our sound: shorter, punchier, and maybe heavier than anything we’ve done before. We’ve all been recording demos of ideas and sharing them back and forth, building the songs up before we even get together to work on them as a unit. And the ideas just keep coming. We’re talking about releasing this on vinyl as a double album. We’re also in the process of getting our first three albums on iTunes and Spotify and other streaming services.

I’ve never been more excited about the music we’re creating. Hope to see you at a show soon. The pic [above] is from our recent gig at Rudz with Ape Machine, Pyreship, and The Dirty Seeds.

Mr. Plow is:
Greg Green – Bass
Jeremy Stone – Guitar and Vocals
Cory Cousins – Drums
Justin Waggoner – Guitar and Vocals

http://mrplow.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Mr.PlowRock/

Mr. Plow, “Mexican Smoke” Live in 2011

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Where art Thou, Mr. Plow?

Posted in Buried Treasure, Features on May 12th, 2009 by JJ Koczan

The shot, the city, the van, the instruments. This picture in no way captures the personality of the band. It should be a shot of one of the dudes mowing the lawn, wiping sweat from his brow while the other three sit in Adirondack chairs sipping from jugs of Carlo Rossi sangria laughing. That's Mr. Plow. Not sure who shot this.Not to be confused with the comedic singer-songwriter of the same name, the Mr. Plow I’m thinking of hailed from Houston, Texas, released three albums and seemingly finished their run before ever getting signed or getting their due. Like so many bands over the better part of this decade, I first came across them online at the All That is Heavy store from StonerRock.com, browsing the recent arrivals.

At the time it was Mr. Plow‘s second album, Cock Fights and Pony Racin’. A record that showed love for The Big Lebowski (the chorus of “The Dude” contains the line, “Hey man, there’s a How could you not love this band?beverage here”), Carlo Rossi (“Ode to Carlo” — I’m not a fan but that’s hilarious anyway), Seinfeld (see “Festivus,” after the jump) and Lord of the Rings (closer “From the Mouth of Gandalf” is a seven part homage to The Fellowship); it practically commanded me to make the purchase.

It also made a strong argument in favor of picking up 2000 debut, Head On, which I did.

If memory serves — which it often doesn’t — that was late 2003 or early 2004. Unfortunately I wouldn’t find out about final album Asteroid 25399 until about a year after it came out. Not much of a hype machine for those unsigned bands.

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