Plumes released the 2nd edition of The Negligent Biome towards the end of last year which 3rd really, really liked. With some super cool album art and a few really stand out songs, listen to Fall, here's the conversation we had with Plumes.
3rd: Did you find gratification at 20 or is it something you're still in search of in life? // Plumes: Gratification at 20, real fulfillment by 21. At least in terms of the subject of those songs. In a larger sense, though, we're still very much in pursuit of something bigger. In music, life, and how those two intertwine.
Do you find slower, sombre music better to play than faster, rocking anthems? // The ones that are best to play depend on the room. We like that we have the variability to play intimate venues (often just people's living rooms) with songs like Gratification at 20 and Last Day of Summer. But when we have a room full of people and amplifiers and noise, we're equally excited to get to play songs like Soren's Giant Dodos or Rm. 516. Finding a way to create energy in the room no matter the place is part of what makes playing music so addicting. There's no greater feeling than seeing a crowd move along to your sound.
Your ultimate song writing tip is...? // Write a lot. Practice makes all the difference. I think it was Ira Glass who talked about when you're starting out in creating something, you have great taste but you don't have the skills developed yet. So when you make something that isn't very good - because it's rare to hit a home run your first time swinging a bat - you get discouraged. But you have good taste! So the next time you'll make something a little different and a little better, and next thing you know you're making stuff that you like, and that lives up to your taste's standards.
Please attach a single-line drawing that best represents something important to you! // I know this seems a little on the nose, but love is very important to us. Love was at the center of the first two EPs that started Plumes. Less concretely, it's love of music that brought us and keeps us together. As you can probably see, we didn't do our own album artwork. All of our cover art has been done by Sophia Richardson; you can check out more of her work at sophia-richardson.com.