EPK - PLUMMY
Stop - Plummy
“Stop” is a gritty, pop-rock song featuring a steady, four-on-the-floor groove contrasted by lyrics surrounding alcoholism and addiction, creating a certain irony.
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The song’s foundational sound is the bassline, which was heavily inspired by disco pop-rock songs like Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2.” Plummy also draws vocal production elements from Kanye West’s era-defining sound on “808 & Heartbreak.”
“Stop” instantly grabs your attention with a thumping kick and infectious bassline, creating a groove you can’t help but bob your head to. Dark, bluesy guitars and eerie vocals soon join in, creating an energetic, yet almost ominous atmosphere. The chorus explodes with layered vocals, guitars, and synths. Like Plummy’s previous single, “Veronica,” the hook is exceedingly catchy, with a chant-like quality. The bridge is lead by a chaotic guitar solo, as the narrator expresses concerns of his downward spiral. While its beat is quite nightclub-esque, listening to the lyrics will allude to the dangers that too much partying can bring about, bringing an ironic tone to the entirety of the song.
When writing the lyrics, Plummy recalled encounters with people he had met in his twenties. “I knew too many people that would spend all night out and about, partying and drinking until they were blackout drunk, at 3 in the morning. And they’d have to get up for work in 4 hours! Soon enough, it was easy to see what kind of impact this lifestyle had on them.” The melody and lyrics came quickly and naturally after the instrumentation was nailed down. As Plummy recalls, they only took him a couple of hours to write.
“I believe that “Stop” is a huge step forward in my sound. You can certainly hear my influences in the song, but also hear me growing as an artist.”
“Stop” is scheduled for release on February 12, 2021.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, alt-pop artist Plummy delivers engaging and memorable music that blends together bluesy guitar sections, catchy melodies, and evocative lyrics. His latest single, Stop, is a dark-disco-pop-rock song with a ferocious groove and memorable hook.
Bilal Ghandour (Plummy) was born May 7, 1991, in Edina, Minnesota. His family soon moved to Bloomington, another Minneapolis suburb. He fell in love with music at a young age, when his mother, a former competition pianist, would play her favorite records from bands such as Queen, The Beatles, and Fleetwood Mac. He attended Normandale Community College, where he attained a degree in computer technology. Currently, he works for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.
In his youth, his love for music grew. He taught himself guitar at the age of 14. He had no formal musical training, other than a semester of guitar lessons in college. After graduating college in 2015, Plummy married his wife and started his career and family. He found less time to play guitar but began expanding his tastes in music. “As my life took off, I had less and less time to even think about playing guitar. But during this time, thanks to internet forums and music-streaming services, I was introduced to so many wonderful artists, a lot of which are now heavy influencers in my own music.”
In 2019, after a multi-year hiatus from the guitar, he resumed playing and began learning music theory while experimenting with music production and audio engineering. In December of 2019, he released his first single, Veronica, which spent multiple weeks at the Number 1 spot atop the New Artist Spotlight All-Stars. Veronica also drew some critical praise, with Connolly’s Corner stating that it “goes beyond catchiness and into the realm of the earworm.”
Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, he was unable to release any new music in 2020, though he had spent months writing and recording. Wasting no time in 2021, he’ll release his highly-anticipated single, Stop, on February 12.
Influences include Radiohead, Frank Ocean, alt-J, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, and Queen.