Spanish Galleons (Big Stir Digital Single No. 39)
The 39th Big Stir Digital Single is our first (and long overdue!) release showcasing SHPLANG, beloved stalwarts of the LA pop scene who are celebrating an auspicious occasion with “Spanish Galleons” b/w “Pickles Are Fun”... out Friday, August 16 at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles and available for pre-order now!
2019 marks 25 years of Shplang!
In 1994, Peter Marston, a veteran of the LA pop scene with the Phlaix, The Onlys and The Corsairs, met up with John Krause, a visual artist and designer best-known for his work on The Simpsons. John also dabbled in music, so they got together to see what would happen and what happened was Shplang’s first album Journey to the Center of Mirth, described by Improvijazzation as “a shining example of what can be done with rock and roll when it’s played from the heart and not from the format.” To bring the music to the stage, drummers Brian Cannizzaro and Paul Angers were enlisted and three more albums followed: Self Made Monk, American Cream, and My Big Three Wheeler.
What is the Shplang sound? Pop, psychedelia, Beatles, Zappa, pureed and puerile.
“Spanish Galleons” is a pop-psych tour de force whose inscrutable philosophical musings can only be leavened with the earthy delights of “Pickles Are Fun.” Either way, you gotta agree—it’s Shplangtastic!
Our association with this fine band comes, in grass-roots Big Stir style, through Shplang having shared many a an LA-area live bill with our core bands PLASTISOUL, THE ARMOIRES, BLAKE JONES & THE TRIKE SHOP and others. Marston's dry wit stringing together a set list that plays out like the greatest-hits review it should be always impresses and it's a true joy to be finally Shplanging the world with the new tunes. Stand by for more...