Denver-based rock band, Professor Plumb, is the brainchild of Benom Plumb. Professor Plumb is comprised of Benom Plumb (songs, vocals, Bass, Drums) and collaborator and electric guitarist, John Demitro (of The Velveteers / Pink Fuzz). The band’s music brings high-energy rock with a taste of satire, punk, blues and classic rock elements. Notable for 2019, Professor Plumb performed invite-only performances at The Boulder International Film Festival; just released an animated music video for the instrumental song, “Pleiades”; and has multiple releases slated for 2020 and beyond.
Benom Plumb’s professor job at CU Denver and an inspirational story from 2014 is where the band name, Professor Plumb, originates. Plumb, a music industry veteran, is acquaintances with Jon Foreman, the band leader of Switchfoot. Plumb had brought Foreman to campus to talk with the CU Denver music students the day of Switchfoot’s show at The Gothic Theater. The visit had meant so much to Foreman, that he introduced the band’s hit song “Meant To Live” by talking about his day with Plumb and the students, then dedicated the song to “Professor Plumb”. Plumb was in the audience that night as a guest of Foreman’s, and this is what inspired him to settle on the band name, Professor Plumb.
The band’s first commercial release is a series of three EPs titled, “The Majic 12”. “The Majic 12” is a collection of twelve original compositions written and produced by Plumb, who is a multi-instrumentalist on nearly every track. The twelve songs are divided between EP 1 (Black), EP 2 (Red) and EP 3 (Black and Red). The concept of the three EP’s has its roots in Plumb’s personal interest and research into the supernatural.
The number 12 has always been shrouded in magic, mystery and significance. The number is prominent in the cycles of time (12 months, 12 hours), space (12 signs of the Zodiac), religion (12 tribes of Israel, 12 disciples of Yeshua, 12 Greek gods). The project’s title, The Majic 12, alludes to President Truman’s mysterious 1947 UFO research directive called “Operation Majestic 12”. The EP’s artwork with band logo and winged planet allude to Zechariah Sitchin’s epic cosmological book, “The 12th Planet”. Plumb also got the idea to release the 12 songs across 3 EP’s because in ancient mysticism, 12 also represented three-dimensional reality. For Plumb, it was the perfect supernatural concept for a rock project.
The sound and message of Plumb’s music on The Majic 12 displays his wide compositional range and knack for writing short, but poignant songs. EP 1’s satirical two-minute rocker titled “Midnight Creep”, is a powerful message in support of the #MeToo movement. The song has an energy that keeps listeners’ heads bobbing, all the while fueling their desire to see justice and support to sexual abuse victims. Plumb’s socially conscious message continues all the way through the third and final EP. On EP 3, “Stop The War”, is a throwback to the rock riff sound of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, complete with catchy anti-war and anti-violence lyrical themes. The incredible guitar and collaborative work by John Demitro can be heard all throughout the record, and his contributions were essential in bringing Plumb’s songs to master quality.
Professor Plumb is currently recording and mixing music to follow up the “The Majic 12”, TBD to be released in 2020.