Tell us about the history of the band?
WILL PERKINS: Plastic Friends originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2011 with myself, Matt Long and Phillip Rynerson. Over the years we played with many drummers until we found Nate Harrison, a Nashville-based DJ/producer, in 2014. Since Nate joined the band, we’ve released Information, a full-length album, and then The Lookout EP about a month ago.
How would you describe your music?
WILL PERKINS: I would describe our music as rock with a dash of alternative and indie. I think our songs range in styles while ultimately sounding like we wrote and performed them.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
WILL PERKINS: I’m definitely influenced by Third Eye Blind, Incubus and Radiohead.
What record are you currently listening to?
WILL PERKINS: I’ve been recently listening to a vinyl of TV on the Radio’s Dear Science.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
WILL PERKINS: “Currently, my favorite song to perform live is White Mirror, the single of our newest release: The Lookout EP.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
WILL PERKINS: I’d love to open up for TV on the Radio, but we’d be happy to tour with anyone.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
WILL PERKINS: While it may still be hard to ‘make it’ as a band, I think the internet has allowed independent bands to reach listeners directly all over the world. It’s also allowed music fans to find music from anywhere, without having to rely on someone to tell you what to listen to.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
WILL PERKINS: My biggest piece of advice for anyone who is starting their own band is to enjoy what you do and play music with people you love. Instead of just trying to find the best musicians, find people who you get along with. At the end of the day, you have to enjoy what you do, and if you don’t truly enjoy being around the other band members, it’s not going to work out.
What are your future plans?
WILL PERKINS: We plan to continue to write and perform our music. I love the guys in my band. They are my brothers and I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything.