Plenty: Something old, something borrowed, but all blue…..

Plenty - Enough

Plenty was formed in 1986 by Tim Bowness and Michael Bearpark (from After The Stranger) and Brian Hulse and David Jones (from A Better Mousetrap). The band disbanded in 1990 but came back in 2018. The track Forest Almost Burning isfrom new double album Enough out 25.06 by Burning Shadows

Formed in 1986 from the ashes of Liverpool-based post-punk band A Better Mousetrap and Warringtonian art rockers After The Stranger, Plenty was a group that featured singer Tim Bowness immediately prior to him hooking up with multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson to found No-Man.

Echoing then contemporary artists such as The Blue Nile, It’s Immaterial, The Chameleons, David Sylvian and Talk Talk – as well as the iconic likes of David Bowie, Eno/Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – Plenty alternated between anthemic indie-pop, poignant ballads and electronic experiments. In 2018, Bowness and fellow original Plenty members Brian Hulse and David K Jones reunited to record and release the well-received album It Could Be Home.

Enough is a brand new 2xCD that comprises two 2021 lockdown projects plus the first ever release of seven original demos recorded in the ‘80s. Harder hitting and more diverse than its predecessor, Old is a mini-album consisting of seven contemporary interpretations of 1980’s Plenty songs not included on the reunion record. Borrowed is an EP of five cover versions that sees the trio stamp its identity on songs by It’s Immaterial, Suzanne Vega (wherein despair takes a trip to the Euro disco), The Teardrop Explodes, Kevin Coyne and Hank Williams (in what may be the most English slice of Americana ever!). Older features seven original Plenty demos dating from 1986 to 1990, with several songs containing lyrical ideas later utilized by No-Man.

Something old, something borrowed, but all blue, Enough showcases the origins of styles that subsequently became Bowness and No-Man trademarks and reveals different facets to his distinctive vocal technique. The powerful bass playing of Jones and inventive guitar parts and pulsating electronics from Hulse also push Bowness into territories he’s rarely explored since the 1980’s.

«A video for a re-recording of the first ever Plenty song, Forest Almost Burning, has just been made available. Bowness explains that the original was one of the first pieces of mine that I sent to Steven Wilson and it ended up being included on Steven’s compilation album Double Exposure [released in 1988]. It was also enough to convince Steven Wilson he’d like to work with me, and it became a part of our early No-Man live sets.Both versions of the track appear on Enough».

The artwork for Enough is by Carl Glover and the 2xCD booklet includes extensive  sleeve notes by Tim Bowness.


Tim Bowness – vocals, backing vocals, FX

Brian Hulse – guitars, pianos, synths, drum programming

David K Jones – bass, fretless bass, double bass, bass pedals

Guest Muscians:

Tom Atherton – drums

Michael Bearpark – guitars, fretless bass

Peter Chilvers – piano, synths

Charles Grimsdale – drums 


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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