SMN INTRODUCING: Plastic Barricades

Plastic Barricades

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars and vocals and Paul Love on drums.

Paul Love, drummer, producer and one half of London alt rock duo Plastic Barricades sat down for a chat with Scottish Music Network:

When did the band start?

Many moons ago when a little baby Dan looked up into the clear navy blue Estonian sky and wished upon a star to have a band all for his own. That fell through, so he made one himself instead. It was longer ago than either of us would like to admit, but Dan eventually transplanted himself to London where he met Paul just in time for the second album.

Where are you from?

Dan’s from Tallinn. I’m from Liverpool. He lives in London. I live in Paris.  We used to live together in London, but I decided to make things difficult.

How did you start?

I started playing because… well… Liverpool! Everyone plays something. My Dad was a drummer and he taught me how to play rudiments on a cushion with a pair of chopsticks when I was too small to hold a pair of sticks. Dan was taught piano from an early age and picked up guitar when he heard Nirvana for the first time. We both bloody love guitars.

What style of music do you class yourselves as?

Britpop mixed with Grunge.

Who are the biggest bands influences?

Nirvana, Beatles, Oasis, Coldplay, Blur and the inimitable Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. I like big melodies and heavy distortions. Gimme some of that Song 2, My Name is Jonas blow-out-the-cobwebs chorus.

Are you signed to a record label?

Nope. We live the sweet independent life. I’m not a fan of being tied into contracts. Are they even necessary any more? Vulfpeck just sold out Madison Square Garden without even a manager, nevermind a label. The turnaround of employees at those companies is ridiculous. Our career isn’t for sale. Totally up for working with their marketing departments for individual releases though *wink wink*

Plans for the year.

What are the band’s plans for this year?

Release this album after the next couple lead singles, followed swiftly by world domination (hah) and then write some more. We enjoy the process.

Do you have any tours booked?

Not yet. I’ve had to take a little break from playing live but Dan’s itching to get back on the road. I really love the rush of pushing some air into an audience.

New releases?

Next single is Optimist. It’s a bit of an oddity, and probably my favourite song from the new album. It’s in ⅞ and features a buttload of percussion and BVs. We had fun on it.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 12 months’ time (realistic)?

Releasing another album, playing some nice rooms, popping out some quality merch and maybe touring out a little further afield. USA maybe, with a baby and the wives in tow.

What can people expect from your stage show if they are coming to see you live?

Sweat, dancing, passion, anger, joy, relief, love, drum sticks and gumbo if you’re lucky.

Give us one word that you would describe your band?

Honest

If there was one sentence that would relate to your band as a selling point what would it be?

We wrote, recorded and mixed this entire album in a 2×3 meter wooden shed.

Lastly, tell us your ambitions for the next 12 months?

I want people I’ve never met from countries I’ve never heard of to listen to our album and get something out of it. If we can help even one person find something to believe in then we’ve done our job. Little cheesy, maybe, but I had the confidence knocked out of me for a while and Dan and my favourite girl Nikki helped me back out of it. I want to do that for others.

“Optimist”, the second single from the upcoming LP “Self-Theories” IS OUT ON 02.02.2020! The song is accompanied by a truly DIY music video, featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of exactly 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water. We would LOVE to be featured on your blog!

Optimism is all about seeing the way forward through what may seem like a hopeless situation. Australia is on fire, the Amazon is burning, the seas are rising, air is polluted and dumps are full. But being pessimistic isn’t going to help. We can’t blame each other and point fingers. We have to make our own decisions. Human beings can have some terrible instincts – but we aren’t our instincts. We are our choices. Pessimism is choosing defeat, choosing not to act, choosing to accept the situation. We’ve made this mess. We need to clean it up. It starts and ends with us.

“Optimist ” facts:

  • The song was written, recorded and mixed in a backyard Shed Studio in North-West London and mastered by legendary Andy “Hippy” Baldwin at Metropolis Studios.
  • Music video for the single, created by PB art-director Elina Pasok, was filmed in a bedroom. None of the 300 cast members were harmed during the shoot, although one house and one car were destroyed in the end.
  • Can you hear Paul saying “Again!” in the very beginning of the song? To us this IS optimism!
  • Single release date – 2ndof February 2020
  • “Self-Theories” LP due in summer 2020
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