Formerly known as ‘Pallet Town, original band members consisted of Kieran Stubbs (guitar/vocals), Harry Reid (bass/vocals) and Oli Whelehan (drums/backing vocals). After five years of playing together the band are now joined by the latest member, Jim Monaghan Duong (guitar, synth/backing vocals) who, the band anticipates, will “make their live sound twice as big and super exciting!”
Their musical influences are both extensive and eclectic, including bands such as Animal Collective, Radiohead, Dearhunter, Grizzly Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Joy Division, Tame Impala, and Flying Lotus to name but a few; the list goes on but what is evident here is that their sound has plenty to draw upon. Lyrically they have been described as thought provoking, whilst musically their intelligent and comprehensive arrangements are complimented by satisfying hooks all of which creates the ideal blend of experimental and accessible music.
Their first single was released This week. Titled “What I Gave You”, this track demonstrates superbly their ability to create an instantly catchy sound, with its walking bass line strutting along to the funky beat of the drums; distorted guitars give the song an almost punk/reggae feel too…
Recently signed/managed by new label Wigwam Records , Ministry Of Plenty are to launch their debut single today, (download this from their bandcamp page) and also plan to release another single in two weeks time with their debut EP out later this May.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is a band to watch out for..