284. Commonwealth – Plankeye

COMMONWEALTH (1996)

Plankeye

Living in Orange County in the early 90’s there was always a good chance to be ahead of the curve in discovering new bands. Demos were floating around constantly and even Christian bookstores were open to carrying the demos and taking advantage of the young fan base of buyers looking for new bands. It also helped to be working for Diamante Distribution as new bands would pass along demos in hope of having it passed along to one of the many rock labels we distributed.

One such band was Plankeye, an Orange County punk band that quickly caught they eye of Tooth and Nail after the release of the their own independent album, Spill. T&N would release it and quickly follow with a new project called “Spark.” But the whole nation would really discover the band with their impressive third release, Commonwealth.

They marketing push was so impressive that it became one of T&N’s best selling releases out of the box and would land them in the opening slot of that year’s Newsboys tour. That tour wouldput them in front of the largest audiences of any T&N band at the time.

The album would prove to be much less punk and more rock, alternative and indie sounding. The production was much stronger and the songwriting improved drastically with a much better sense of melody and hook. Christian rock radio also responded favorably with several song hitting the charts.

Several songs would remain classics for Plankeye fans like Placement, Beautiful, Whisper to Me, BC and the nearly worshipful “Push Me Down.” The latter remains a personal favorite and one I believe that ranks as their best composition. The album would be their second best selling album behind the follow up release which will be discussed here later.

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  1. Brian
    November 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Isn’t this just a power packed album?
    Great songs, great performances, they never recaptured this again in my opinion.

  2. Tim
    September 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Simply one of the great Christian rock albums of the 90’s.

  3. y2daddy
    January 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Struck By The Chord. Great song.

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