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!
Just couple of days left till our first official release of 2016! "Around the Sun" will become the 4th single from the upcoming LP! First heard at the "Solarsphere Festival in Wales in August 2016, this quickly became our obsession - we just couldn't get it right on the record. After almost 4 months of recording, rerecording, arranging, mixing and remixing we've finally made the version we are very excited about!
To make this release even more special we've decided that there should be a music video! 2 full days in December were spent running across the street, fighting in a pub, working in an office, going on a date and getting rid of bad habits!
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED, dear Plastic buddies!
The day we all have been waiting for has finally arrived! After years of restless searching and countless auditions we've found THE 4TH BARRICADE!!! Jonas Svendsen conquered our ears and our hearts with his impressive guitar skills, brilliant ideas, hard work and amazing attitude! We are not a trio anymore!
Jonas is a devoted Hendrix and Nirvana fan, but his music tastes stretch from Louise Armstrong, The Doors, Otis Redding, Frank Zappa and Rolling Stones to White Stripes, QOTSA, The Stokes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club! As a true Norwegian he loves snow and still sports a t-shirt while we are all freezing here in London in January. He has a degree in law but he always knew that he wants to take his Stratocaster and go touring the world. Sounds like a plan to us!
Jonas inaugural show with Plastic Barricades will happen on the 24th of February at Trapeze Shoreditch in London! THIS IS GOING TO BE SPECIAL!
HURRAY! In just two days, this Friday, we will hit the stage at the notorious Amersham Arms in South London as a part of End of Trail Records Label Showcase sponsored by Jack Daniels! Awesome bands on the bill, PB on stage at 10 pm! THIS CANNOT BE MISSED, dear Plastic buddies!
This is IT! Last hours of 2015! We are ready to dive into 2016!
2015 was quite a roller-coaster ride for us, but we've pulled ourselves together and soldered on. We've been honored to play at Solarsphere Festival, Musical Mystery Festival and Oxjam Festival, gigged in Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time in our lives, made it into semi-finals of The Indie Label competition, released "Needles in Haystacks", that has conquered airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic, and have been offered a big management contract.
But most importantly - we've started to hear quite clearly how we would like our new album to sound. More than half of "Mechanics of Life" LP is now recorded and in various mixing stages. The rest will hopefully be finished by the end of summer 2016.
The next single from the upcoming album is going to be "Around the Sun". A song that wonders what could have happened if somewhere along the way we would have chosen a different path. But it also reminds you that there is nothing more important than the present. We learn from the past and plan the future but those are memories and wishes. You shape your future TODAY!
"Around the Sun" will be released in the second half of January accompanied by a music video, shot by our dear Elina Pasok and Panarama Media. This is all currently a massive secret, all we can say is that in the video Frazer punches Dani in the face and Dan hits Frazer with a car. Everyone survived the shooting.
We are also planning to tour UK and Europe extensively throughout 2016 - so you will have plenty of opportunities to catch PB live in a venue near you! We might even become a quartet in 2016 - everything is possible!
THANK YOU for all your tremendous support, dear friends and fans, you make it all worthwhile! Special thanks to all the journalists, bloggers and radio-presenters from around the Globe, who've been so kind to us and helped us reach a new audience! And a VERY special thanks goes to our awesome Plastic Crew - Elina, Sarah, Stuart, Ash, Jonas, Juan and Elana!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
And here comes WINTER! And the last month of 2015!
November was an interesting month. We've had a blast in Scotland, playing (and visiting) Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time! Got there together with the Abigail storm - so now we know how tough all our Scottish fans really are, battling through rain and wind to get to the gigs!
We've also played a special showcase gig at The Cuban in London and as a result managed to get through to the semi-finals of "Be somebody" competition organized by The Indie Label!
But the most exciting piece of NEWS we can offer you today is that there is a date now set in stone for our next single release! We are currently mixing the song and getting ready to shoot a very special music video for it as well! Keep you eyes peeled and ears ready! Release date announcement coming up very soon!
Live calendar for next year is already looking quite epic - we will start announcing the dates towards the end of December. We are also going to visit The Edge Sessions in Southampton for an exclusive live set filming.
Don't forget to jingle your bells and get the festive mood ON!