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It’s in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism two years ago, the instrumental trio and have thematically splintered the number of beings on new album Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. It’s apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth.
The album is dedicated to our friend and comrade Charlie Bayley aka Softpriest, who came up with the album title before his passing. Dave from Plank initially wanted to call it Insecticide before Charlie intervened. “He pointed out it seemed like a contradiction to have an album that was meant to be celebrating our insect brethren to then name it after the destroyer of all insects,” Dave says. “Hivemind worked on an entomological level and also suggested the collective mind set you need to you play in a band like Plank. It was perfect.”
Definitely an album designed for vinyl (it will be on 180 gram) with side A more song structures and side B should be listened to as one complete piece. Check out the opening track 'Grasshoppers From Mars' here: