OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Our next single "Half of your Soul" will be released on iTunes and Spotify and the rest of the online music stores ON THE 7TH OF OCTOBER!!
We've been waiting for this moment for quite a while now, trying to figure out how exactly should a love song sound! This is going to be our final single from the upcoming "Mechanics of Life" album, due in January 2017.
"Half of your Soul" is a recording debut for our lovely Jonas Svendsen, who brought his own sparkle to the track with layered inventive lead guitar parts. It is also a debut for Sara Huggins and Elina Pasok who recorded sweet backing vocals for the song. Then Stuart Cooney did some pretty epic mixing - and now the song is ready for the final stage of production - mastering! This Friday we will be hanging out at legendary Metropolis Studios in West London where our all-time favourite sound-wizard Andy Hippy Baldwin will do his magic!
Impossible objects theme, as seen on our previous singles, continues with "Half of your Soul" art-work by Elina Pasok!
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE THE SONG WITH YOU!
Whooaaa! Summer is almost over! But DON'T PANIC! Autumn is looking to be exciting for all of us!
This summer was filled with sweaty rehearsing/writing/recording sessions, battling through +32 without an aircon but with a very strong desire to play music. We've also played several gigs in London, as well as Bath international Music Festival and The Neon in Wales. We've won Enfield Battle of the Bands in July, performing to an amazing crowd of all ages on the grounds of a 17th century mansion just outside of London. In August we were named winners of Songwall's "Songs in the Sky" competition by the legendary Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and got a chance to perform an intimate acoustic gig at The Rotunda Penthouse in Birmingham.
Autumn is looking to be very busy, with the main focus being on the final stages of "Mechanics of Life" LP production. There is going to be one more single before the album is released. "Half of your Soul" will be out towards the end of September, accompanied by a music video! The approximate release time for the album is currently set to be in January 2017.
We will play our first autumn show at our favorite Amersham Arms in South London on the 7th of September as part of DYKNOW Showcase. 16th of September will see us playing a special set at Project B Croydon with OXJAM Festival Pre-launch party. On the 15th of October Plastic Barricades will appear at the OXJAM Festival Croydon Takeover and on the 22nd of October will play OXJAM Islington. We are also planning to tour November, covering bits of UK and hopefully doing a small European run as well. So keep your eyes peeled - we might be appearing at your city sooner than you've expected!
Meanwhile - enjoy the last days of summer and get ready for some autumn action!
INCREDIBLE NEWS! Plastic Barricades WON Songwall "Songs in the Sky" competition! THANK YOU SO MUCH! We were chosen as winners by LEGENDARY Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets,who said: "...my favourite was the Plastic Barricades "Around the Sun". I liked it because it was breezy , energetic with an underlying melancholic lyrical structure"
We will be performing a VERY special intimate set at the penthouse of the beautiful Rotunda skyscraper in Birmingham this Thursday
One amazing Saturday at a stunning festival! Plastic Barricades were named WINNERS of the annual Enfield Battle of the Bands and played a very special set on the 18th of June at Forty Hall Park & Estate!
The festival supporting The Rotary Club of Edmonton UK charity hosted an array of incredibly diverse music acts from around UK! Plus some of the best street food and locally brewed goodness on the 17th century mansion grounds, were a mayor of London used to live in 1632!
Special thanks goes to all our fans and supporters, who've travelled to Enfield to cheer and clap! Very special thanks goes to Paul Hull-Tullah, Ross Shirley, Glenn Breslin, John Wells and Terry Reid for organising the event and making this a day to remember for so many people! And a very special "wow" goes to Obsession UK for their stunning performance ! Go and listen to these guys - and fall in love instantly!
We had an absolute blast of a day! THANK YOU, dear Plastic buddies!
NEXT GIG - 22nd of July at The Neon in Newport, Wales!
SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! And we've planned some very exciting extra-curricular activities for all you Plastic buddies!
We will launch the hottest season with a very special set at London's legendary 93 Feet East club in Shoreditch on the 9th of June! There is cool video of Radiohead performing their first gig of the "In Rainbows tour" on that stage in 2009 - check it out HERE!
Plastic Barricades are also going to appear at Forty Hall in Enfield on the 18th of June as part of an open-air charity event for Rotary Club Edmonton!
We've just spent a whole Sunday reinforcing the soundproofing of our Shed Studio - so now we definitely need an air-conditioner in there! But the neighbors are going to be very happy!
"Half of your Soul" is now confirmed as our next single. The release will happen somewhere in August, the song will be accompanied by a music video shot by our Elina Pasok! More info on this to follow asap!
We are also planning a very special collaboration with one very talented Tiziano Pi who will create an animated music video for "How Goldfish Grow" - your favorite live song for the last several months!
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR MORE EXCITING NEWS ASAP!
WELL WELL WELL!
It is time for an update from the PB camp! Lately we've been locking ourselves in our Shed Studio a lot. It is interesting to just sit back, relax and play, without any preconceptions. Keep the tape rolling and observe what comes to life.
It is still unclear how many songs will the upcoming album have on it, but we are enjoying the variety and diversity of the material being written as you read this. We can now promise that we will include your new favorite gig number "How Goldfish Grow" in the record, we might even make an animated video for this song!
Meanwhile, we are honored to be opening Bath International Music Festival on the 20th of May! This gig as well as the whole 3-day event is a true must-have for music lovers from around UK! We are also doing a one-off London show at the legendary 93 Feet East in Shoreditch on the 9th of June, presenting our new songs and refurbished set.
We are overwhelmed with amazing response to our latest single "Around the Sun" from media and fans from all over the world! THANK YOU!
Plastic Barricades will be on the road around UK in the first two weeks of August and around Europe in September and October - first dates of the tours will be announced here soon!
Good news, everybody! We've been shortlisted to play a very special gig at the legendary Frankfurt Musikmesse and Berlin Music Week! Voting starts today and goes on till the 30th of March. You can cast your vote HERE!
Meanwhile, we've revised our live show with Jonas searing leads and played gigs at Hertford Corn Exchange, London Trapeze, Glasgow's lovely Buff Club and London Nambucca. IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE A FOUR-PIECE!
Also we are VERY HONORED to be asked to open Bath International Music Festival on the 20th of May! Keep your eyes peeled for more live dates including our first gigs in Europe in summer!
IT IS FINALLY HERE! Our new single "Around the Sun" together with a very special music video is OUT! The moment we've been working towards for the last several months!
"Around the Sun" became the 4th single from our upcoming "Mechanics of Life" LP! This song turned out to be a difficult child. It all started with the drum parts recorded at London School of Sound. After the mixing started several months later we've quickly realized we wanted to redo the drums. This is how we discovered Old Paradise Audio in central London, where on a sunny Saturday in October 2015 Frazer drummed his heart out, with talented Jim Macrae behind the desk and our essential Stuart Cooney assisting.
All of the guitar parts were recorded at our HQ - Shed Studio, bass was recorded at Dani's personal home studio. Stuart made several mixes of the song before we've all were happy and proud. And then yet again our dear Andy "Hippie" Baldwin covered the mix in his magical mastering stardust at London's legendary Metropolis Studios!
As for the video - the idea was conceived in a car during a long drive to Scotland for our first gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow in November 2015. This is our homage to "Groundhog Day" and "Sliding Doors". Directed by our one and only Elina Pasok the video features acting debuts for both Frazer and Dani. The video was shot by our very good friend Juan Panasyuk, who was flown in from cold and frosty Tallinn in December for a 2 day shooting frenzy. The main female role was played by our lovely friend Elana Kurtz, make-up done by talented artist and close friend Sara Huggins. The video features guest appearances from Ash Webster, Lorenzo Moroni, Carlotta Ficini and Danniele Grinstead. If you pay close attention you can even spot brand new lead guitar player Jonas Svendsen in the video (he was still auditioning to join the band at the moment of the shoot) and also video director Elina! And you can see our dear blue Vauxhall Zafira which served us so well during our first UK Tour!
We are starting to gig as a four-piece on the 20th of February at Hertford Music Festival, then play at the semi-final of The Indie Label "Be Somebody" competition in Trapeze Shoreditch (London) on the 24th of February and then pack the van and drive to Scotland for an exclusive show at The Buff Club in Glasgow!