Plow United to release 34-song retrospective, perform at Riot Fest East on Sept. 24th - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

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The folks at Paper + Plastick Records have just announced that the label will release a Plow United retrospective in October. The Wilmington/Philadelphia-based pop-punk trio—which originally formed in 1992 and released two full-length albums before breaking up in 1997—is currently scheduled to perform at Riot Fest East this weekend. (Full lineup and ticket information available here.) According to Paper + Plastick, the collection, titled Sleepwalk: A Retrospective, will be available as a limited edition six-panel CD at Riot Fest, and as a double record with gatefold cover this October.

Here’s the word from the label:

After a five-year run that came to an end in 1997, rumors of reunion shows and a new album circulated in the punk community, but were quickly dispelled by the band, who disbanded on friendly terms. The three band members last shared the stage in 1998, though there were many offers to play shows over the past thirteen years. Plow United bassist Joel Tannenbaum notes a few factors that lead to the band’s decision to reunite at Riot Fest East this weekend. “Everything fell into place – the show itself, the timing, [vocalist/guitarist] Brian [McGee] moving back to the mid-Atlantic and his solo career starting to take off, just everything,” he says, adding “And who in their right mind would say no to sharing a stage in Philly with the Descendants and X?”

The four-sided vinyl features the band’s three full-length releases, the self-titled debut (Creep, 1995), Goodnight Sellout (Creep, 1996), and the posthumous Narcolepsy (Creep, 1998). The D-side of the retrospective features songs from various compilations or singles the band released, including the unreleased instrumental “Monte.” Though rumors have swirled about for over a decade regarding new material, the band can finally confirm they are working on new music. “There will be another album,” admits Tannenbaum. “It’s about half written. I think that’s actually what the three of us are more psyched about than anything. Writing songs was always our favorite thing in the whole world.”

If you can’t wait until this weekend to hear the recently reunited Plow United, check back in with us tomorrow for our Key Studio Session with the band.

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