Named after a Melbourne suburb, Lower Plenty are comprised of some of the city’s most talented musicians. The quartet of Daniel Twomey (percussion), Jensen Tjhung (guitar + vocal), Sarah Heyward (percussion + vocal) and Al Montfort (guitar + vocal) hail from various other bands such as Deaf Wish, Total Control, UV Race and The Focus. A departure from the harsher sounds of their other projects, Lower Plenty create beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music that’s made (and often performed) while sitting around the kitchen table.
This, their third full-length record, is an amalgamation of recordings and captured moments from 2012 through to 2013, all pieced together by the band, stitched like a quilt to form the beautiful whole. It’s a collection, an arrangement, an exploration by the band into their own process and interaction with each other, slowly assembled to allow others an insight into their world.
A beautiful record and one that couldn’t come at a better time for Lower Plenty, Life/Thrills moves beyond a retrospective into a powerful statement about the possibilities in store for this band.