Plushgun | Pins & Panzers
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"An aerobic and ebullient blitz—with a touch of conscience. If God has a workout video this, no doubt, is the soundtrack." – SOMA, December 2008
"...another example of the new musical generation of technological whiz kids. With pulsing beats and catchy electronic hooks the four tracks on the EP are highly energized indie pop." – Amplifier, September 2008
"Pins delivers...While these sounds are strictly electronically generated, there is an emotional pull to them." + “Sinister yet soft as a plush toy, Pins & Panzers delivers” – Remix, January 2009
"...another example of the new musical generation of technological whiz kids. With pulsing beats and catchy electronic hooks the four tracks on the EP are highly energized indie pop."
– Amplifier, September 2008
“Pins & Panzers sounds so right. This may be the first ‘must have’ of 2009. 4/5 stars” – About.com
“Irresistible crescendos that carry into gorgeous little choruses” – 2-4-7.com
“Trying to get a Plushgun song out of your head would take a level of focus and concentration most people don’t have, or a jackhammer. With an array of shimmering keyboard melodies, hook-driven pop sensibility and a voice so pristine and emotional you’ll laugh and cry, Plushgun excels at crafting tunes that dance out of the speakers and float straight into the soul on this surprisingly intimate collection of lush electro-pop” – ARTISTdirect
“Each song seems like a different scene in a new generation musical, painting rich and vivid images. Being able to bring these songs to life with bursting color is the key which sets Plushgun apart. All the tracks play their part and accomplish their goals fitting into their own special spot and making the album as a whole a tremendous success” – The Album Project
“Plushgun are without question, deserving of heavy rotation and I found myself constantly hitting ‘play all.’ There’s something extremely authentic about this band without being too much - they are life soundtrack-worthy and continue to raise the standard of amazing pop music. Brilliant! – Outimpact.com
“A record full of upbeat bouncy synthisized indie gems that stick with you instantly. Pins & Panzers holds up to repeat listens and is already one of our favorite records to just put on in 2009!” – The Fire Note
Plushgun's album is an intelligent, well-sculpted, and fascinating look into the semi-emotional and semi-political art landscape that the band has created. Pins & Panzers' interweaving of electronic, ethereal scapes is a testament that this form of music – heartfelt, genuine and often sad music – is not merely dead, no, not merely fading, no – but rather in full bloom. 8.5/10” – Celebrity Cafe
Some albums are like a party in a box – put it on the stereo and you know you’re going to have a good time. Plushgun’s Pins and Panzers bounces in to the room, passes out the party favours, hands you a drink and tells your ass to dance. The pumping synth lines are a perfect foil to Daniel Ingala’s sensitive wordsmith tendencies that work to create addictive indie-pop with a bittersweet edge.
Plushgun is the brainchild of Daniel Ingala and grew out of the cramped confines of his overpriced and undersized bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After creating the song “Just Impolite” and posting it to his MySpace page, the project quickly took off with songs featured in the web-TV series “We Need Girlfriends” and rising to #1 in the Alternative Rock Channel on Ourstage.com. When he was ready to start playing live shows, Ingala recruited his friends Taylor Armstrong and Matt Bogdanow.
Plushgun released a self-titled EP in August 2008, followed by a November EP of remixes by Andrew WK, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santogold) and Justin Strauss (Depeche Mode, Marc Almond, Carl Cox). A Don Diablo remix was released in early 2009. Plushgun is thrilled to see the worldwide release of Pins & Panzers in 2009!
The band shot a music video for “Just Impolite” with director Tyler Shields, featuring Juno Temple (“The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Atonement,” “Notes on a Scandal,” and upcoming “Mr. Nobody” and “The Year One”), Brittany Snow (“Hairspray,” “Prom Night,” and upcoming Gossip Girl spinoff “Valley Girl””) and Shiloh Fernandez ( “Cadillac Records” and “The United States of Tara”). Plushgun also created a video for “Let Me Kiss You Now (And I’ll Fade Away)”, $99 for the shoot, $600 for the beer.
Having played CMJ and SXSW in 2008, Plushgun has been busy touring America, Canada and Spain in 2009, and look to visit Germany, Spain and the UK this fall.
Pins & Panzers features cover art by Patrick Smith, and is the third Plushgun release to feature original credited work by a hot current Brooklyn artist; the other two were done by Yoko Furusho (single for “Dancing in a Minefield)” and Beth Newell who did the self-titled EP art. •
Chicago Free Press (Preview)
Chicago Free Press (CD)
Edgeunitedstates.com (portals in 15 cities/regions)
Metro Weekly (DC)
NewNownext.com (Logo/MTV) re: video
Out Impact (North Carolina) 2008
Out Impact (North Carolina) 2009
Q-Notes (Summer 2009 tour)
Windy City Times (Chicago)