Urban Sleep (2014)
The singer from Plum sent me this CD. I had met him in Tokyp while he was playing with the new band he's in, 2 Sick Worry. He gave me the Plum full length album at the show I saw 2 Sick Worry play and I reviewed that a few months ago. He followed that up by sending me this CD version of Realms of the Unreal that was only released in Chile. It has all four songs that are also on a cassette of the same name, but also includes a pile of extra tracks.
We start out a little scary with "Sickage," a song that's essentially a lot of angry screaming, which as you may know by now, really isn't my thing. Luckily the album takes an immediate turn into the sort of high energy and catchy pop that I was hoping to hear. Because of the vocals, I tend to compare Plum to fellow Japanese band Navel a bit, but there's something about Plum that sets them part. I think it's a sweetness in the songs that just draws you in to the hooks and jangly guitar work.
Aside from "Sickage," every song on this release is a bouncy pop gem. If you like fast, catchy, 90's style pop punk with high pitched vocals and tons of energy, it's definitely worth trying to track down. I know that I'm really happy to be able to have this CD in my collection. 2 Sick Worry is starting to work on getting some music out into the world and I'm really excited to hear more from them.
Plum - Realms of the Unreal (There's only 1 song up on Bandcamp, but it's a good one):