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Rockpool for the Airwaves Review

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

A Picture Made… Past (Mammoth) Past (Mammoth) It must be hard to be a new band in the South these days. If you favor dreamy, melodic verbal Images end melt them onto tight hypnotic guitar rifts and Mitch Easter produces your debut EP you probably worry that someone’s gonna compare you to That Other Band. […]

A Picture Made… Past (Mammoth)

Past (Mammoth) It must be hard to be a new band in the South these days. If you favor dreamy, melodic verbal Images end melt them onto tight hypnotic guitar rifts and Mitch Easter produces your debut EP you probably worry that someone’s gonna compare you to That Other Band. A Picture Made have nothing to worry about. Bryan Plumlee’s part yelped/part yodeled vocals suck you straight to the vortex of whirring In’ “Easter On A Train”. The mood Is relaxed, the delivery deliberate. “Little Boy Wisdom” takes things Into high gear -the yodeling works. Past ‘dips in unexpected rhythms, and “The Red Wheelbarrow” is stunning. A Picture Made takes you on a pleasant journey and gives you plenty of photo opportunities. (Mammoth Records, 5 W. Hargett St, Suite 1012, Raleigh, NC 27601).

A Picture Made Shows Brilliance by Fred Mills

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

As expected, The Connells’ Pterodactyl Club show (May 18) was jammed with college folks borne for the summer renewing local acquaintances and trying to scam beers from the ever-watchful staff. For the part of the crowd that paid attention to the opening act, though, Kansas’ a picture made, unveiled itself as a revelatory and inspiring• […]

As expected, The Connells’ Pterodactyl Club show (May 18) was jammed with college folks borne for the summer renewing local acquaintances and trying to scam beers from the ever-watchful staff. For the part of the crowd that paid attention to the opening act, though, Kansas’ a picture made, unveiled itself as a revelatory and inspiring• soon-to-be-major as evoking the same kind of feeling one might get upon witnessing a deed of selfless samaritanism amid apocalyptic chaos.

The metaphor is not as lofty or inappropriate as it seems. The just-released six-song EP from apm, Past, is a collection of deeds and remembrances; lyrics arc simultaneously personal and other-worldly, and the music underscores this impression with easy, pulsing rhythms and restrained jangles that suddenly burst with tension and propel the listener towards a destination where anthems are the norm. The dichotomy of bard-charging rock and more statcly balladry has always been an effective technique for a band – Witness the ascent of U2 (to whom apm has been compared), a band continually striving for that perfect balance between the sword and the rose.

The powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Steve Ritter and bassist Jack Langford bore down on the dub like a locomotive beaded for a damsel in distress. Guitarist Jack Harris, in particular, revealed himself to be far more than a folk-rock jangler as time after time he cranked out loud, screaming chords of the British postpunk variety.

Yet singer Bryan Plumlee was the focal point, without a doubt, gripping the mike so tightly the veins bulged on his wrist — as did those in his neck, so passionate was h4 delivery. It’s not hard to see why people compare him to Bono.

There was a whiff of pure, unbridled inspiration on stage that doesn’t reveal itself in every band. It’s as if a picture made has its sights fixed somewhere way beyond the rock ‘n’ roll stage, and wants to take the audience along.

Durham Morning Herald – Raleigh

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

THE REPLACEMENTS with A Picture Made Riding high out of Pittsburgh -no, not Pennsylvania, but Kansas-come the newest Black Park record company discovery, A Picture Made. As opening act for -tile Replacements, this band proved that Its tough, hard-edged pop rock, combined with lead singer Brian Plumblee’s mournful wall, was the perfect catalyst for the […]

THE REPLACEMENTS with A Picture Made

Riding high out of Pittsburgh -no, not Pennsylvania, but Kansas-come the newest Black Park record company discovery, A Picture Made. As opening act for -tile Replacements, this band proved that Its tough, hard-edged pop rock, combined with lead singer Brian Plumblee’s mournful wall, was the perfect catalyst for the headline act. If it had, been been much better, A Picture Made would have overshadowed that headline act.
Plumblee reminds me of U2’s Bono, circa the ’83 War tour. What he does with a microphone stand is unreal-the last time I saw the band, lie poured out so much emotion that he bent the stand in half.’Though it didn’t occur this set, lie still lurched and gyrated, using the stand as a focal point until leis movements built Into such a frenzy he had to let it go. His energy pushed the band to the limits, snaking it play with the fury of a cornered animal band, in turn, fired up the frontman’s every move. Guitarist Eric Harris and bassist Brian Jones heated up the sound with spine inspired work. Still, in my opinion, It-was drummer Steve Ritter’s superb, relentless back. beat that propelled this outfit. These are talented musicians who play very well as a unit.

Emotion was a key element, whether on originals, such as Marry-Me, or on covers, such as Peter, Paul-and Mary’s If I Had M Way (Samson And Delilah) (Tone in such a frenzied fashion that the trio would not have recognized It).

A Picture Made’s sound is hard rocking pop that cuts like a hot knife through butter. With a Mitch Easter-produced LP in tine can, these guys are one of the hottest new bands around.

The Bob – New York

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

Intensity is the operative. The kind of intensity that forms goose bumps on your arms and keeps your eyes riveted to the stage, all conversation ceasing, your breath held until you realize your holding it. Intense music, intense singing, intense presence. This is all A Picture Made. A Picture Made comes from a small town […]

Intensity is the operative. The kind of intensity that forms goose bumps on your arms and keeps your eyes riveted to the stage, all conversation ceasing, your breath held until you realize your holding it. Intense music, intense singing, intense presence. This is all A Picture Made.

A Picture Made comes from a small town in south eastern Kansas called Pittsburg and includes Eric Harris, guitar; Brian James, bass; Bryan Plumlee, vocals; and Siere Ritter, drums. They have been edging their way out of town, playing gigs in the surrounding areas whenever possible at places like the Drum Stick in Lincoln, NE and The Blue Hole in Columbus, MO.

A Picture Made is not just the thinking person’s band but, and perhaps more importantly, the feeling person’s band. The lyrics, written by Plumlee (who also writes the majority of the music), are often seemingly personal and emotional. His pain, frustration, anger and happiness are easily transferred to the

listener. The music is as expressive as Plumlee’s emotional vocals-Harris, James, and Ritter feel every note and beat they play. “When we first started, our idea was not to be too emotional,” Plumlee says. “Our idea was to go out and play a part. e didn’t know what it was all about until we got the songs that were really neat and said something and we felt it, really. Then we could just go out there and be emotional for a reason, not just to be emotional. We’re trying to go out there.. we don’t want to plan anything besides the song list, something to by. We don’t want to go out and write everything down and figure everything out. Because we’d just rather have it come from here.”

A Picture Made has released a single, “God Loves A Hell of a Man,” a live-song which the band plans on putting out themselves, has been recorded and is currently in production. It promises to be a testament to their incredible live performance. “The thing we want to accomplish with music is just to try to be good and to sustain ourselves doing it,” says Plumlee. “Because we love it so much, we just love to do it and there wouldn’t be anything in the world we’d rather do.”

Watch out for A Picture Made in your town. It’s essential to your rock and roll health and piece of mind to see and hear this band. Remember, A Picture Made is worth a thousand words.

The Wild Type – Springfield, Mo

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

A Picture Made – The Regency Showcase Aug. 15-16 First Off, if you weren’t there, well then you missed the bus, you struck out, took took a wrong turn and, in other words, you screwed up. And why weren’t you there, may I ask? (ed. note: we had to hear it from Nashville. On the […]

A Picture Made – The Regency Showcase Aug. 15-16

First Off, if you weren’t there, well then you missed the bus, you struck out, took took a wrong turn and, in other words, you screwed up. And why weren’t you there, may I ask? (ed. note: we had to hear it from Nashville. On the day of the show and if local club owners don’t let ya know, what’s a mother to do?) I mean how many things are there to do in Springfield? I drove all the way from St. Louis to see these shows, and I KNOW there was nothing better to do for miles around. As a matter of fact, in my opion, there’s nothing better to do ANYWHERE than see A PICTURE MADE live. Overenthusiastic? Perhaps. Sincere? You betcha! Shall I go on to the review? Ok.

A PICTURE MADE are Eric Harris-guitar, bolos and boyish share; Brian Jones-bass, overcoats and general suavity; Bryan Plumlee-vocals, fringe the occasional jig; and Steve Rutter-drums, p.j.’s and fashion statements.

Even though Friday’s show was plagued by technical problems, these guys, as usual, played their hearts out to the small, but extremely enthusiastic crowd. They rocked, we relled, we drank, we danced, they conquered.

On Saturday, opening for Nashville’s Walk The West, A PICTURE MADE were, dare I say sublime. If you can’t take unbashed emotion, honesty, and way high intensity levels, then A PICTURE MADE isn’t for you. But if that description is appealing then you owe it to yourself to see and hear this band. The songs are incredible: “Red Wheelbarrow” starts my heart a-pounding, “A New Day” is simply gorgeous, “Easter is a Train: brings the tears dangerously close, and “Autumn Sunset, Fire” leaves me stunned every time. I could go on, naming every single song and what I love about it, but space prohibits. Let me just say that Saturday’s show was the second best show I’ve ever seen. The best? A PICTURE MADE at Parody Hall in Kansas City.

CMJ Past, Present, Futures…

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

After dropping the needle on A Picture Made’s six-song debut Past (Mammoth, 5 W. Hargett St., Suite 1012, Raleigh, NC 27601/919-834-5977) and hearing the first track “Little Boy Wisdom,” we were set up to anticipate yet another pleasantsounding jangle pop band that’d been pressed out of the Athensmeets-Winston-Salem mill (as If the fact that Mitch […]

After dropping the needle on A Picture Made’s six-song debut Past (Mammoth, 5 W. Hargett St., Suite 1012, Raleigh, NC 27601/919-834-5977) and hearing the first track “Little Boy Wisdom,” we were set up to anticipate yet another pleasantsounding jangle pop band that’d been pressed out of the Athensmeets-Winston-Salem mill (as If the fact that Mitch Easter produced this at his Drive-in Studio wasn’t enough of a signpost). But A Picture Made proves to be more than just strum ‘n’ jangle popsters-they’ve got a drummer who solidly attacks his kit and a vocalist who prefers (and can handle) a more bailey and passionate approach over softer, dramatic atmospherics. The feel of “Throw Some Light” and “The Red Wheelbarrow” (Inspired by a William Carlos Williams poem of the same name) are probably the best examples of what the band Is like live. Catchy stuff that’s gotta sound good on the radio.

-D.I.Y.

God Loves a Hell of a Man

Posted on April 2, 2011 by cdp in News

The great thing about singles is how much emotion can be packed into one. Strong resemblance to Change of Heart, but with less murk and more hook-beginning with a hypnotic guitar riff that sounds new even though you’ve heard it a thousand times before. Why aren’t more people writing pop songs about God? NERVE – […]

The great thing about singles is how much emotion can be packed into one. Strong resemblance to Change of Heart, but with less murk and more hook-beginning with a hypnotic guitar riff that sounds new even though you’ve heard it a thousand times before. Why aren’t more people writing pop songs about God?

NERVE – Toronto
October 1986


Don’t miss this one. A single yet moving song. The vocal delivery is outstanding; sing with enthusiasm and emotion. A driving and steady backbeat serves to keep the music tight and simple enough to allow the vocals to move into the forefront. If you can’t get your hands on it, don’t pass it up; truly a superior record.

BUZZ – New York
October, 1986


Gotta say thumbs up on this one–something about this really gets me, and I can’t put a finger on it, but I love it. They’re getting a big helpful push from Jet Lag fanzine–with good reason. I only wish the flipside had a different song on it, I want to hear more!

THE BLIND ARMADILLO – Oklahoma City
November, 1986


Even though the same song is on both sides, it’s a lovely piece of jangle-drone pop. Shades of TV’s “Glory,” the Byrd’s “Dells of Rhymmney;” touches of R.E.M., Windbreakers and Winter Hours, too. Midtempo, gently insistent, chiming its way into your synapses with astonishing ease, leaving you hungering for more.
-Fred Mills

The BOB – New York
Sept-Oct, 1986


Working in the fields beneath the Pyramids and thinking of someone who lives somewhere else. Hot sun. Maybe hard work is good for you. Egyptian sounding bang beat pickin chimes acoustic guitar solo pleasant monotone rutted walk vocal timbre familiar similar to are we them constricted throat style singing soar humility words are words are words Gertrude Stein would be proud.

PARKER’S BARK Vol. 005 – Portland, OR


So what if these guys are an R.E.M. clone band? This is a great song.

The song is built around a simple guitar riff, repeated throughout the entire song, coupled with a straight-forward drum beat. What maxes the song so great is the way the band throws in little chiming guitar parts – maxing out the song lift. Very nice harmonies to go with the Slipe-ish lead vocals, too.

A wonderful song; just about perfect.

JET LAG – St. Louis
July 1986