June 22, 2024

PREMIERE: Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan–Queensland Ballroom

Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan are releasing their new Queensland Ballroom LP tomorrow (8 September) via Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings. The ambitious album and infectious chilled atmosphere features a new lineup and dreamy female vocals by Amy Herring. Let’s meet the rest of the team: Paul Jensen (guitars, keys), Otis Hughes (bass), Patty McLaughlin (flutes, vocals), Jeff Chester (percussion, drums), and Jason Herring (piano, guitar, vocals). The band plays downtempo music mostly–with an ethereal approach–blending their musings with electronic elements and quite a bit of new classical elements, all arranged beautifully in this 11 track offering.

The cherry on top of this pleasant record is the sound in total by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Love and Rockets etc). Jason Herring met Fryer while visiting Los Angeles, where his studio is currently located. After collaborating on the Electric Love EP (released in June of this year), Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan released this new LP, which sees the band take a turn from their trademark psychedelic folk sound to a more electronic groove. This wasn’t hard given that the album was co-produced and mixed by the legendary producer who also appears briefly in the new video for Electric Love

“Our previous releases are a little melancholy,” said Herring. “So Amy and I decided we should make this record a little more fun. A record outside of our norm.”

Queensland Ballroom will be released on all major digital platforms, complemented by a release event on Saturday, 9 September, in Asheville, North Carolina (The Odditorium1045 Haywood Road) at 9PM. Also, two more live performances are confirmed:
23 September: Charlotte, NC – Rhino Market & Deli (8pm)
14 October:     Charlotte, NC – Petra’s (8pm)
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