Plush (2)

Real Name:
Liam Hayes
Plush is Liam Hayes of Chicago, and whatever rock orchestra he can pull together for a given recording project or as Hayes himself puts it
"Plush is Liam Hayes. Plush is a Band. Liam Hayes is Plush. Liam Hayes is a songwriter."

Chicago based vocalist, pianist, and guitarist Liam Hayes has been songwriting for his group, Plush, since the dawn of the 90s. But it wasn't until 1994 that the band recorded together, the resulting session producing in the double A-side single Three-Quarters Blind Eyes.

This first single garnered some surprisingly big attention from the music press.The most notably of these being the British music magazine, NME, who named the B-side "Found a Little Baby" there "Single of the Week".

Despite this acclaim it was another three years, before the band created the follow-up, 1997's No Education. It was a much shorter wait between releases this time, with their full-length debut coming out the following year.

1998's More You Becomes You finds Hayes at the alone at the piano singing sparse, vulnerable, and romantic songs along the heartfelt lines of Carole King and Burt Bacharach ballads. This scenario is recreated in the film High Fidelity (2000), a movie about an obsessive music fan living in Chicago, where Hayes can be seen performing in the background of a bar scene.

Following the album's release, the band continued together with Hayes on guitar and toured with the Japanese band Ghost and with Yo La Tengo.

In 2002, the Japanese After Hours label released Hayes' next achievement, Fed. This was an album as lush and ambitious as the previous one was sparse.

Hayes returned in 2009 with Bright Penny, a lovingly constructed "ode to pop music" that was released under the moniker Liam Hayes & Plush.

In 2012 Hayes resurfaced to appear in and compose the soundtrack for director Roman Coppola's independent comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III".Hayes was contacted by Coppola after the director became a huge fan. Coppola told GQ (UK) “I just got so absorbed by his music,”.
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WIGLP50 Plush (2) - More You Becomes You album art Plush (2) More You Becomes You (Album) Domino WIGLP50 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
WIGCD50 Plush (2) - More You Becomes You album art Plush (2) More You Becomes You(CD, Album) Domino WIGCD50 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
AH-031, PCD-23223 Plush (2) - Fed album art Plush (2) Fed (Album) After Hours, P-Vine Records AH-031, PCD-23223 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
AH-057 Plush (2) - Underfed album art Plush (2) Underfed (Album) After Hours AH-057 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
none Plush (2) - Bright Penny album art Liam Hayes And Plush!* Liam Hayes And Plush!* - Bright Penny (Album) Broken Horse none UK 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DC56 Plush (2) - Three-Quarters Blind Eyes album art Plush (2) Three-Quarters Blind Eyes (Single, Maxi) Drag City DC56 US 1994 Sell This Version
FLY024, fly024 Plush (2) - No Education album art Plush (2) No Education Flydaddy Records FLY024, fly024 US 1997 Sell This Version
AH-030, PCD-3955 Plush (2) - Greyhound Bus Station / What'll We Do album art Plush (2) Greyhound Bus Station / What'll We Do(CD, Single, Ltd) After Hours, P-Vine Records AH-030, PCD-3955 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
CWL-004 Plush (2) - Take A Chance album art Liam Hayes & Plush (2) Liam Hayes & Plush (2) - Take A Chance(7", Promo) Candlewick CWL-004 US 2008 Sell This Version