Plush – “Please Don’t Let Me Go” (Stereogum Premiere)

The last time I was in San Francisco, I went to see the local punk act Wild Moth play their last show before going on indefinite hiatus after their drummer decided to pick up and move out of the Bay Area. The atmosphere was glum; San Francisco is a city that’s undergone a lot of changes in a very short amount of time, and people who grew up there (like myself) are bitterly learning to accept the fact that a lot of things that made their home unique unique are fast-disappearing. The cost of living is astronomical and DIY show spaces are hard to come by, which makes fostering any kind of underground scene a laborious, frustrating process. All that being said, there are a lot of promising young bands coming out of the Bay, and one of them is Plush, who opened for Wild Moth on that aforementioned night.

Plush will release a new EP next month by way of SF’s very own Father/Daughter Records, and we heard its first single “Sheer Power” a few weeks back. That was a slow-burning, post-punk indebted song about sex sung by Karli Helm. This new one is a product of guitarist Eva Treadway, and it’s a much more nuanced take on a the power play that Helm illustrates on Plush’s first single. “Please Don’t Let Me Go” is a ’50s doo-wop indebted love song that navigates the insecurity that comes with being in a volatile relationship. “Love me less, it’s fine/ But please don’t let me go,” Treadway sings. Listen below.

Plush’s Please EP is out 4/29 via Father/Daughter Records. Pre-order it here.

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