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PLASTIC BARRICADES

December 4, 2020

On November 23, 2020 Plastic Barricades released their sophomore album Self-Theories,   an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and reinventing ourselves for the sake of a brighter future.


Written and recorded in a backyard shed in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love in London and Paris and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. Three singles “One for the Road”, “Optimist” and “Tunnel” have truly DIY music videos. “Tunnel” was filmed using a digital microscope, “Optimist” had a cast of 300+ in a fish tank and “One for the Road” used vintage road trip footage from the 50-s. Artwork for the album and singles was created by Elina Pasok.


“When your world is turning upside down - step outside, change your perspective and have a look from a distance.” 10 album tracks are followed by 2 previously unheard demos, that conclude the LP on a vulnerable note. Self-Theories is a follow-up to the 2017 Mechanics of Life LP.


Paul Love was kind enough to answer our many burning questions so we could learn all about this talented group. Read on and enjoy!

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Photo Credit: Elina Pasok


HOMETOWN

London & Paris

YEAR FORMED

2007

BAND MEMBERS

Dan Kert (vocals, guitars, keyboards)

Paul Love (drums, keyboards, guitars, production)

BASICS

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

Estonian and Liverpudlian locked in a backyard shed for two years.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Our original name was "Plan Life Around Some Terrible Inconveniences Calmly, Bravely and Really Reliably In Case a Deity Eagerly Scrutinizes" but people had trouble remembering it when we announced it on stage, and it took quite a while to say, so we just used the initials. Pure luck, really. It was in a Dan Dennet book.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Shed Beatles, but less angry. 


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

Dan and Elina are one as far as I can see, so who knows how many lifetimes they’ve seen together. Dan and I ran into each other when he needed a spot to rehearse and I had a studio. Four years later we jammed together in his shed in North West London and I eventually occupied his spare room in the middle of a bout of early onset mid life crisis. I bought an Italian vehicle and wore a lot of spandex.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

Don’t plan life around some terrible inconveniences calmly, bravely and really reliably just in case a deity eagerly scrutinizes when we pass away. But DPLASTIC BARRJICADESWWPA didn’t work as well.


"OPTIMIST" - Video featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water.


MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

We are getting ready to release our brand new album “Self-Theories” on the 23rd of November 


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Optimist”  because it’s in ⅞ and also because we haven’t released “Weightless” yet. 


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

Inextant 


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION? We’ve released 3 truly DIY music videos for this upcoming album already – have a look, they are pretty special! The forth video will most probably be for a song called “Weightless” off the new record. 


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

The guitar Dan built me. It’s the most perfect telecaster in the world. It has a four way selector where one position turns the two single coils into one humbucker. The body was made in Liverpool and Dan implanted some of the cast of “Optimist” music video into it. Braided wires, retro specs, original Fender death bridge. Elina painted it gold so it matches my drums. Parfait.


"TUNNEL" - How would your anxieties look under a microscope? The video was made using a microscope with up to 1000 times magnification.


INFLUENCES

WHICH MUSICIAN OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

The Beatles. Merseyside was a grim place in the 90s and it was inspiring to know someone like me did a thing.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Life of Pablo by Kanye West.


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Patrick Stewart


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

I mean, considering the most important event of the year - the passing of Eddie Van Halen - I must say Eruption. every time he gets to those tapping arpeggios. My word. His articulation and control over the pressure on the strings. Incredible. Super Massive Black Hole by Muse is also good.


  MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

Bernard Edwards


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

My friend Kaz has chops for days. He has a Bramley’s endorsement for the apple sauce.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

Stones. duh.

PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

The unfortunate effects of pre-stage nerves that I have taken to the naming ‘the stage poop’ occur precisely 43 minutes before call. One local beer and a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie. Sauerkraut is desired but not required. Feel the love, promoters. A chaise lounge in a dressing room is a wonderful thing.


  FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

I used to play in an improv punk band called Diaphragm Failure. The lead singer would tear his shirt off and lift the guitarist into the air on his shoulders while the trumpet player would create pyrotechnics with hair-spray and a lighter. He was a hairdresser for prisoners. 


"ONE FOR THE ROAD" - An ode to the freedom of exploration. Footage filmed in the late 1950s around the US by families with their brand new cutting edge handheld cameras.


GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Big house, farm, big family in France with an adobe brick studio, an SSL 4000G and a border collie.


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

A gig



PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Duran Duran and Chic playing in Budokan in Tokyo. The Beatles were the first band to play there. I was lucky enough to see Nile Rodgers sound check and then meet him backstage.


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Don’t sit in the front row in the middle at a sound check. It’s distracting.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

The 1970s Beverley Kit in Gold that used to belong to my Dad


WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:

o IS ALWAYS LATE? Me

o EATS THE HEALTHIEST? Elina

o IS THE PRANKSTER? Loki

o IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE? Dan

o HAS A USELESS TALENT? I can ride three bicycles at the same time


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Ride bicycles across Europe and trying the local food and beer


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, Alice Coltrane, Prince, Steely Dan and this sick nes game remix album.

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

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