The Plains is the new project of singer/songwriter Aaron Semer. The debut
album, On Earth as it is in Heaven, is a mixture of country tinged rock
anthems, minimalist folk tunes and a dose of Ennio Morricone influenced
spaghetti westerns. The songs are pop enough to be memorable, yet edgy
enough to maintain a uniqueness uncommon in much of today¹s Americana.
Semer takes his listener on a poignant aural journey where one is
transported across the landscapes of dying rural cities and a
disillusioned minimum-wage work force. One senses not sympathy, but a
deeper appreciation for the working class of America, which makes the
album not only a critique of modern society, but also a celebration of
life. These songs sit nicely beside more personal, heartfelt outpourings.
The album was recorded on 8 track reel-to-reel by John Randolph (Kinski,
Hello From Waveland), mixed by Conrad Uno (Mudhoney, Posies), and mastered
by Barry Corliss (Modest Mouse).
Live, The Plains is a four piece band. They managed to sell out their
debut CD Release show in Seattle based on word-of-mouth and a small buzz
growing in the Seattle press. Their live shows have proven them an
emotionally explosive and important up and coming band, mixing the energy
of The Pixies with the Americana craftsmanship of Neko Case.