Elan Rhys from Plu

The newest band in the Welsh music scene were in Cardiff last weekend playing at Clwb Ifor Bach, supporting Yr Angen and Bandana.

Plu @ Y Maes Gwyrdd, Eisteddfod 2012

Plu are a sibling trio from Bethel, near Caernarfon, made up of sisters Elan, Marged and brother Gwilym. Rather than tell you about them myself, I asked Elan Rhys, to talk to us and tell us a little bit more.

Juxtapozed: What are Plu’s main influences? How would you describe the sound?

When writing I am heavily influenced by personal experiences, usually things that are going on in my life at that moment. I also draw inspiration from my environment.
At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Cat Power, First Aid Kit, The Civil Wars and Bon Iver and I think their influence can definitely be heard in our songs. I’ve always listened to a lot of Soul and Motown singers, and I sometimes think that the way I sing has been influenced subconsciously by them.

Juxtapozed: What made you start a band with your brother and sister?

It happened without much discussion really! The three of us were home at the same time for the first time in over a year and we’d all been secretly writing material and it happened very naturally. The desire to start a band had been there for a long time, it was just a case of getting the confidence to do it.

Juxtapozed: Are the rest of your family musical?

I suppose so. Our mother has always been in choirs and done a lot of ‘Cerdd Dant’ arrangements and so on, and our father was in a punk/rock band called Y Trwynau Coch in the late 70s. There is some sort of music being played constantly in our house!

Juxtapozed: What’s coming up next for Plu?

We do have a couple of gigs lined up in December (Llanast Llanrwst 1/12 and Nyth, at Gwdihw Cardiff 7/12) and we’re recording a live session for Radio Cymru very soon that’ll be aired sometime in November. But our focus is on the Christmas holidays because the three of us will be home then to work on developing our set and sound. Hopefully we can squeeze in some time in the studio too, to have something released asap.

 

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