Q&A Scene: Plum Green

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
I’m on my way around Australia with guitarist and producer Daniel Cross and other friends to present my new album ‘Karma’ which will be available on vinyl and CD from bandcamp (and some stores). My favourite part about releasing new music is physically sending things out, I love to parcel things up. I put a lot of love and care into it, to make sure that the smallest detail is beautiful. I have a small fan base, but they are extremely loyal to me and have been following me for years and I have a lot of gratitude. I get to express this to old and new followers through my aesthetics by hand writing little notes and adding extra unexpected trinkets like stickers, posters and other random stuff. I also have some bonus live tracks that haven’t been released yet to sprinkle here and there.How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

I tried so hard and couldn’t do it, so I asked my followers on facebook. There was a lot of mention of chocolate and spice, sweetness and bitterness due to the love and melancholy that comes through my music. However, my favourite was the following:

” Your music is like bone marrow and burnt ends… it is the secret unctuous stuff that rewards you for finding it and lets you share this sense of knowing how good something can be, that many other people will never even explore. It is music made from the things that get overlooked and yet deliver the best results if you put some care and bravery into it.”

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

Everyone always loves “I hope you die” because all my followers/fans and friends know me so well and know that I wouldn’t harm a fly. I’m really gentle and often a bit naive so when this comes out of me it’s almost comical. But at the same time I think it makes them a little nervous too, in a giggly way because also know I have fire in my belly and only say something when I really mean it.
Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.
 

Can I tell you several? The last tour around Australia was insane. We stayed in this shitty dive backpackers that reminded me of The Shining. The retro club downstairs played ridiculously loud music literally all night, but the funny thing was the fridge was rattling so loud it overpowered the music. It was 40 degrees and a bit of a nightmare. The next night we stayed in the fanciest place I have ever stayed in my life, with complimentary organic tea and vegan shampoo, a swimming pool and lizards everywhere. And an 8 foot python called Grace! We explored abandoned old buildings in the middle of the desert, found Hells Gate and stepped out into a beautiful sunset to look down and find ourselves met with 100’s of used needles dumped in a pile. I slept in a tent in a sub-tropical forest, went swimming in several different lakes and seas, drank red wine every day and stayed up with my friends parents playing their old Black Sabbath, Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Rait records.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The need to be comforted. I write songs that wrap me up in a big hug and let me relax. Every song is a great comfort.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

 
I wish I wrote The Desperate Kingdom of Love by PJ Harvey. It’s brilliant in its simplicity in the way that I think is very similar to my writing style. I get very overwhelmed by the complicity of life and prefer to dial things back with my music and writing.
What’s next for you?
 

After the tour I want to gather my musician friends and do some live recordings out in Castlemaine. I’m hoping to get some music videos together to promote Karma even further, and then I want to release another album.

What’s your scene?

 
Freaks and Geeks

About Plum Green

Drifting between the dreamy and the dark, Plum Green is a mischievous sweetheart story teller and holds a rare, bewitching hold over her audience. Witnessing Plum affix her audience in a web of admiration and adoration, intoxicated by her charisma and voice is a sight to behold.

Described as “a true artist (with a fantastic voice) making music with a purpose beyond simple entertainment. Stunning.” by NZ Musician

Magazine, Plum was born in a squat in Brixton, grew up in New Zealand, and presently calls Melbourne her home.

Following her recent Australian/NZ summer tour with Jennifer Kingwell, which included sold out New Zealand shows, the performer and her fellow musicians are hitting the road to win over new souls whilst supporting the release of her EP Karma.

Commencing life as a four-track cassette in a stark Melbourne bedroom not long after Plum Green and guitarist/producer Daniel Cross relocated to the city three years ago, Karma has since evolved and travelled between borrowed basement and late-night loungeroom recording sessions to become the recording it is today.

Plum’s voice has it’s own special beguiling magic but is often compared to the likes of PJ Harvey and Beth Orton coupled with Patti Smith’s poetic legacy. Don’t miss her in action when she tours Australia during August and September taking in Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Castlemaine. Check your gig guides for full details.

Tour Dates

Friday 12th August – La Boheme, Adelaide
36 Grote St, Adelaide
Support : Emily Davis
Tickets via www.stickytickets.com.au
Pre-Sales : $10 + bf or $15 on the door
Doors : 7.30pmSaturday 13th August – Babushka Bar, Ballarat
59 Humffray St Nth Ballarat
Support : Siren Song and Zarah
Tickets via www.stickytickets.com.au
Pre-Sales : $10 + bf or $15 on the door
Doors : 8.30pm

Saturday 20th August – Smith’s Alternative Book Store, Canberra
76 Alinga St, Canberra
Support : No Haus Frau
Tickets via www.stickytickets.com.au
Pre-Sales : $10 + bf or $15 on the door
Doors : 9.00pm

Saturday 27th August – Dane Certificate’s Theatre Melbourne
Rear 859a Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Support : Eden and Shadow Feet
Tickets via www.stickytickets.com.au
Pre-Sales : $10 + bf or $15 on the door
Doors : 8.30pm

Sunday 4th September – The Homestead, Hobart
304 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
Doors : 7.30pm
Support : Mayhem & Me
Free Entry

Saturday 10th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
7.30pm doors open
Support : Meaghan Nightjar
Free Entry
For more information go to :

www.plumgreenmusic.com
www.facebook.com/plumgreenmusic

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