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.
How would you describe your music?
We try to write melodic rock music with thought-provoking lyrics. Sometimes it even works! We’ve been put into different boxes by the press over the last years, from brit-pop to alt rock, but I still quite like the “indie” description, not only because it helps us get away with almost any musical thing we do, but also because it summarises our fiercely independent DIY philosophy pretty well.
Tell us about the history of the project?
Plastic Barricades were founded more than 10 years ago in a small Baltic country called Estonia, out of necessity to write songs and sing our hearts out. We’ve recorded 3 Eps and then moved to London in 2012. Our debut album is called “Mechanics of Life” and it is available in all the usual places. Our second album “Self-Theories” is almost done and will be out in 2020.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl are definitely my personal all-time heroes, together with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, Matt Bellamy of Muse, James Mercer of The Shins/Broken Bells and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. But there are so many others, it would take a long time to name all the heroes. I love brave people with courage to experiment, they are truly inspirational.
What inspires you?
Life in the XXI century is both fascinating and utterly dystopian, there is a lot of inspiration all around us. When that is not enough, we go to an art gallery and read classic novels.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Studio writing is usually much more goal-oriented and technical: I have a series of tasks and I try to accomplish them with the tools that I have. Writing on the road is much more spontaneous, with minimum tools available. There is no real preference, I prefer to write everywhere and all the time, sometimes everything happens in my head. So I am well known for missing every second sentence in a conversation sometimes. Sorry about that, guys!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
This really changes from day to day. I quite enjoy to build a setlist with the loud/quiet songs back to back, so there is nice contrast all the way through. Loud and “in-your-face” songs seem to be the preference for many artists, but I really appreciate when it is just a guitar and voice – and the audience is singing with you. Those moments make my heart melt.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Touring is very addictive. We would love to travel the whole world. But touring USA seems to be the holy grail for some reason. So here is a dream tour: sleeper bus, all 50 states, with Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins on the same bill! Or, if we take a couple more distortion pedals with us: Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro on the same bill! That would be incredibly awesome!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The beauty of the world we live in today is that the music industry in the traditional sense of the word (write songs – sign a record deal – reap the benefits) is only one pathway. Many musicians prefer to create their own games and play by their own rules. They explore music and share this exploration via Instagram, youtube, online learning communities and etc. Moreso, you can record whole albums with incredible quality without leaving your apartment. And then that album can be available worldwide instantly, thanks to the power of the Internet. No need to rely on record labels, no need to search for a job. How about creating a job?
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
What happens on tour usually stays on tour, but stage invasions are always fun, especially when there is a lot of cables around. Stepping on a power outlet button and deactivating half of the stage is also quite fun. We were also once banned from entering the club we’ve just played (and went out the backdoor for a breather and locked ourselves out of backstage), just because drummer and me were wearing sneakers. We also tend to park the van in a new city in such a hurry for the soundcheck (due to these ridiculous traffic jams on British motorways we are almost always running late), that after the gig we have absolutely no clue where to look for it. That had happened a lot.
What are your future plans?
World domination would be the cheese reply to this common question, but in all honesty we just want to keep writing songs that make our ears tingle and our hearts beat faster and then share them with as many people as possible, in hopes to make their day just a tiny bit brighter. Art is the cure for so many modern maladies. That’s a fact!
Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums. Debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 and is available on Spotify.