Sunhead is written, recorded and produced by PLINI himself – and for the most part, all from a bedroom studio. PLINI explains the writing process and what inspired him, “I started working on the material almost straight after “Handmade Cities” was released in 2016, sort of with the goal to make a very big, small EP – aiming to put as much detail and refinement into the composition and playing as possible. Both musically and emotionally, the music is greatly influenced by the amount of touring and travel I’ve done in the past couple of years. I was particularly inspired by Animals As Leaders (who I toured Europe and North America with in 2016), by the musical adventurousness in their last album, and Disperse (who I toured with in Europe in early 2017) for the way they seamlessly combined contemporary pop and electronic elements with prog-metal – updating a genre that sometimes seems (ironically for the name, “progressive”) entrenched in old musical cliches. Aside from this, I think the “Sunhead” EP is a musical expression of the pure excitement that comes with traveling to new places, meeting new people and eating new things.”
The EP features fantastic collaborations. PLINI talks through the involvement with each artist. He starts off with The 1975’s, John Waugh who plays saxophone on Flâneur. “I first met John Waugh in Toronto at the end of 2016. My sound engineer in the UK is a mutual friend and thought the two of us would get a long (both personally and musically). John happened to have a day off on tour with the 1975, and I had a free morning before a rehearsal, so we met for coffee. We stayed in touch, and when I played in London in 2017, I invited him to come play on a tune and have a jam. This was such a magical experience that we decided it should happen again, and on record!” says PLINI
The EP features the new single, Salt + Charcoal which includes a guitar solo by Skyharbor‘s, Devesh Dayal. The single is accompanied by a music video filmed + edited by Randy Edwards during parts of the “Sonder” North American tour with Tesseract.
The EP announcement follows PLINI’s triumphant performance at Download Festival, where the band were the first instrumental guitar band to ever play the fest; Be Prog! My Friend (Barcelona), and a highly successful European tour with Arch Echo and Mestis. PLINI will next embark on a second European tour which includes dates at Arctangent (UK), Brutal Assault (CZ) and a headline show at London’s Islington Assembly that’s on track to sell-out before returning to Australia in September 2018 to embark his first full Australian headlining tour in more than two years.
The tour is supported by fellow progressive music luminariesMESTIS(USA), the solo project of world-renowned guitaristJavier Reyes from Animals As Leaders and DAVID MAXIM MICIC (Serbia) who has made a name from himself via a number of EPs under the project-nameBilo, as well as his band Destiny Potato.
Before each show, you can also attend a one-hour long Masterclass and Q&A session with Plini, Javier and David, tailored to the interests of the group and covering anything from composition & guitar techniques to touring & building a career as an independent musician.
PLINI “SUNHEAD” AUSTRALIAN TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MESTIS (USA)
DAVID MAXIM MICIC (SERBIA)
FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER – THE ZOO, BRISBANE SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – BADLANDS, PERTH FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER – JIVE, ADELAIDE SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE