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…And Then

by Speed the Plough & The Trypes

Speed the Plough is a multi-generational band playing original music variously described as chamber pop, psychedelic folk, indie, and whatnot.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Crossing the Tizsa
Speed the Plough
3:49 album only
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2. Take Me
Speed the Plough
4:16 album only
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3. Azimuth
Speed the Plough
4:00 album only
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4. The Bitter End
Speed the Plough
2:11 album only
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5. Marina
Speed the Plough
4:19 album only
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6. By This River
Speed the Plough
2:43 album only
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7. Why We Fall in Love
Speed the Plough
2:38 album only
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8. The Bird Has Flown
Speed the Plough
4:07 album only
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9. Running On
The Trypes
4:59 album only
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10. Dark Continents
The Trypes
4:50 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Speed the Plough

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based band that has been playing since 1984. Founded by John and Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the band has had numerous line-ups over the years, including former members Rich Barnes and Chris O’Donovan (of Wild Carnation), Stanley Demeski and Brenda Sauter (of The Feelies), writer Jim DeRogatis, John Neilson (Wharton Tiers), and veteran DJ Frank O’Toole. Speed the Plough rose out of the ashes of The Trypes, a band formed in 1982 by John, Toni, Marc and Elbrus Kelemet, and later joined by Feelies Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Stan Demeski and Brenda Sauter.



STP released four full-length albums on the East Side Digital label: Speed The Plough (1989), Wonder Wheel (1991), Mason’s Box (1993) and Marina (1995). In addition, they released a limited edition single on the French label Acetone and had songs featured in two independent films: Strangest Deams (1990) and Paradise Park (1993).



After a long hiatus, STP was re-launched in the Summer of 2009 with John and Toni’s son Mike on guitar and Marc’s sons Ian and Dan on drums and bass, respectively. They recorded Swerve, the band’s first album in 15 years, which was self-released in May 2010. Later that year, they recorded three new songs, dubbed The Summer Sessions, which were released in September.



2011 continued to bring exciting developments. First, Ed Seifert joined the band, bringing his distinctive guitar-picking and vocal talents. And in August, STP released their sixth full-length album, Shine, on Dromedary Records.

2012 saw the April release of a retrospective of The Trypes short career, Music For Neighbors, on Acute Records. The reception to the music was more than could have been expected, with raves from nearly all quarters, including Pitchfork, Dusted, Other Music, and Prefix.

The highly-regarded indie label Bar-None Records released the Speed the Plough compilation, The Plough and the Stars in September 2013. It features a CD that includes 17 songs from our first four (out-of-print) albums on East Side Digital, tucked in a 12" package featuring a bonus split LP, with six brand new songs in a collection we call Tag Sale on one side and five live tracks from our 1993 appearance on WFMU’s Live Music Faucet on the flip.

Another development early in 2013 saw the departure of Dan and Ian to pursue their own musical projects. So the band recruited Cindi Merklee on bass and vocals, and John Demeski, filling the drum seat once occupied by his father Stanley two decades before.

The band’s eighth album – Now – was released by Steve Fallon’s Coyote Records in January of 2016, marking the return of that legendary label after more than two decades.

…And Then, was recorded in 2017 by John, Toni, Mike and Ed, joined by former bassist Dan Francia and drummer Ken Meyer (Life in a Blender, The Thousand Pities) at Mix-o-lydian Studios and at the band’s home studio, Ruff Tracks. It represents a return to the band’s more stripped-down origins…sparse, a little psychedelic, heartfelt. And, in a departure, two covers – Eno and Bartok. Trying to keep good company.

The release also includes two bonus tracks by the original members of The Trypes – John, Toni, Marc, Glenn Mercer, Brenda Sauter, and Elbrus Kelemet – revisiting songs from the band’s beginnings.

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