When Plains' frontman Michael McGinnis dragged the South Florida music swamp for a band to back him, he probably just wanted dudes who could carry a tune, keep a rhythm, and wield an ax as well as he does. To his surprise and benefit, when Jorge Graupera, Jorge Rubiera, and Max Johnson joined forces with him, he also acquired a P.R. team, an editing house, and very capable assistant engineers.
The beauty of Plains lies in McGinnis' songwriting -- it was one of our best South Florida records of 2011. Sure, he would still make good music with any band backing him. Far from hired guns, the rest of the gang have embraced their roles in Plains and are helping propel the band onto every radar.
With an opening slot for indie godfathers Sebadoh this Wednesday and a headlining gig at the Green Room on Thursday, hundreds of South Florida music fans will witness Plains' sonic glory this week. We cornered Plains guitarist and minister of press relations, Jorge Graupera, and asked him a few questions. Check it out now!