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There’s something warm and fuzzy about Large Plants’ music. Their whimsical psych folk sound instinctively draws you back to innocent memories of long hazy days in the sun. There couldn’t be a better time or space for their Wandering Oak gig than the intimate Cumberland Arms this midsummer, on Friday 22nd July. 

Largely the project of Jack Sharp (previously the brainchild of the acclaimed bluesy-psych Wolf People), Large Plants was born out of the atrophic atmosphere of 2020’s summer lockdown. There’s an inevitable hint of nostalgia and cynicism in early releases like The Death of Pliny, but in general Large Plants undercut any negativity with their grooving biker rock basslines. 

Although best known for their bold psych cover of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, it is in tracks like How Far that Large Plants’ edge really shines through. Folk and psych rock aren’t obvious partners but Sharp’s lyrics lift the song above the wandering jingle of the foggy melody. 

Most of Large Plants’ songs are only three minutes long but I think they feel much longer. Like a lot of good psychedelic stuff I find myself drifting in and out of the present whilst listening to their debut album, The Carrier. Before you know it, the music is over and although nothing has really changed, for a brief moment time slowed down and everything seemed to melt away….

Large Plants play The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Friday 22nd July.


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