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!
Our autumn got an amazing start at the Cuban in London - such an amazing crowd in a packed out club in the heart of Camden Town! That was EPIC!
We are back on stage in London again on the 17th of October when we'll play one of our all-time favorite charity festivals - Oxjam Islington Takeover Festival! Last year it was a complete success and an huge pleasure to be a part of!
Then there will be gigs in Chelmsford (The Asylum) on the 7th of November, Edinburgh (Opium) on the 13th and Glasgow (Shadow Sound) on the 14th! We've never been to Scotland before!! A few more live dates for 2015 will be announced a bit later. And we are already booking lots of interesting gigs for the year of 2016!
As for the recording - half of the album is done, the other half still needs to be arranged and mixed. Approximate release time - around March 2016. However, we are planning to put out couple more singles and some music videos before that! So keep you eyes and ears ready, ladies and gents!
And don't let that gloomy autumn get to you - STAY POSITIVE!
We are overwhelmed with the resonance that "Needles in Haystacks" is causing around the globe. Our new single is on air on almost 300 stations in UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. Thank you for all your amazing support, dear journalists, DJs and bloggers! This is just the beginning!
The album is coming along nicely, we are all working hard to make it sound as diverse and interesting as possible. The team involved in recording and mixing is simply superb! Drums for the last 3 songs for the LP - "Our Favourite Delusion", "Voices" and "Singularity" are now done. "Half of your Soul", "Around the Sun" and album version of "9Lives" are in the mixing stages.
We are also getting back on stage and playing Solarsphere Festival in Wales, Magic Music Festival in Hertford and Indie Label Showcase in London in August and September. And after that - album launch party and UK & EU Tour! It is going to be AMAZING! More live dates coming up very soon!
FINALLY! THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER! Our fresh new single "Needles in Haystacks" is ready for it's worldwide premier on the 13th of July! Our third and final single from the upcoming album will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal and very many other online record stores across the globe. The song was first played live a year ago at Camden Rocks Festival and became a favorite for both the band and the fans during our UK tour last September. It took us a while to figure out the arrangement for this one, because we were so used to playing it live as a trio.
Frazer has recorded drums for this one with Tyson Gettel behind the desk and Stephan Kain assisting, bass was done by Dani at his home studio, Dan recorded guitars, keyboards and vocals at our cosy Shed Studio. Our new friend from Australia Julia Lamb played additional lead guitar. Brilliant Stuart Cooney, who is now working on the rest of the album, has done all the mixing. Legendary Andy "Hippy" Baldwin mastered the track at Metropolis Studios in West London. And finally the artwork - traditionally - was created by our "fourth Barricade" Elina Pasok! We can only guess what the album cover will look like!
There will be an interesting video for "Needles in Haystacks" coming up in July! As well as some very exciting gig and tour announcements! So keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents!
AMAZING! Plastic Barricades have been shortlisted to play Sziget Festival Official alongside Robbie Williams, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Kings Of Leon and many others! YOU CAN HELP US WIN THIS! Just go to https://sziget2015.gigmit.com/plasticbarricades and click VOTE!
HQ news update: Lots of intense teamwork ahead for Plastic Barricades! Shed Studio is set up and ready for new songs! Goodbuy sunlight, hello creativity! "Voices", "Around the Sun", "Singularity-2045", "Half of your Soul" and "Our favourite delusion" are all in the pipeline. "Needles in Haystacks" and the album version of "9Lives" are in the mixing stages.
If everything goes well and the machines won't rise the album could be ready somewhere in summer or early autumn! It already has a title - but that is still a BIG secret!
P.S. If you won't hear from us in a year or so, then we are probably still locked in the Shed :)