Shimmering bass and ringing guitars
Meaningful lyrics healing your scars
Heart-breaking beat put on repeat
Mystical keyboards make us complete
Curious, happy, honest and sad
Future of mankind makes us gloomy and mad
Don’t try to run, nowhere to hide
There is no escape from our little Plastic Tribe!
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. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.
Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitar, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums.
Since relocating to London in 2012, PB has been nominated for "Oxjam Band of the Year" and "MTV Brand New", voted #1 out of 222 bands participating in Hard Rock Cafe London Global Battle of the Bands competition, won Camden Rocks Battle of the Bands, nominated for "Brand New Artist", landed 2nd place in Sziget Festival band competition and won Enfield Battle of the Bands and Songwall's "Songs in the Sky" competition.
The story of PB started on the opposite side of Europe, in Tallinn, capital of a tiny Estonia on a windy autumn day of 2007. Dan Kert on guitar and vocals, Jan Laan on bass and Kir N. behind the drum-kit released their first single “London walk/Heavy world” and dived straight into the magical world of gigging. Then there was chaotic and unforgettable tour of the Baltics in an old trusty green VW van, “Metropolitan Paranoia EP” recording in Latvian capital Riga and “Gamble Inc. EP” recording in UK capital London. Kir was replaced by Vassili, music shapeshifted and the band began to wonder: what the hell are we doing here?
In summer 2012 Plastic Barricades have locked themselves into the studio in Tallinn and came out with a 6-track EP. “Tree of Ideas” was released on the 8th of September, just a week before Dan and Jan “evacuation” to London. The disc features romantic and desperate “9Lives”, hypnotizing and dreamy “Planets”, determined and passionate “Climb a Skyscraper” (dedicated to one and only real Spider-man Alain Robert), sarcastic and contagious “Giant Leap Back”, psychic-inspired “Radar ON/OFF” and written-on-a-plane “Airborne” (the only place you can hear every single song ever released by Plastic Barricades is the DISCOGRAPHY section of this website). Fun fact: many years later “Planets”, "Climb a Skyscraper" and "9Lives" became a soundtrack to an iconic British TV Show "Hollyoaks" on Channel4.
In late 2012 Dan and Jan met Daniel from Colombia, who joined forces as a new drummer. Daniel played 3 gigs with Plastic Barricades and left for his musical theatre career. And then came Matteo Ippolito, a brilliant drummer from Rome, bringing new unique sparkle to the Plastic Tribe, now totally ready to conquer and rule. Hungry for more changes, in July 2013 the band replaced Jan with Italian bass sensation Daniele Borgato.
The year of 2013 saw Plastic Barricades gaining momentum on London music scene, gigging around town and collaborating with charity organizations such as Oxfam, British Red Cross and London Blood Donation Centre. It all crashed suddenly when on the 5th of September 2013 Matteo tragically passed away. The darkest day of band’s history will never be forgotten...
But the Earth somehow kept spinning. New drummer auditions were on the way. The band went on rehearsing at London Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where Dan and Daniele were totally blown away by drumming skills of Frazer James Webster. In just three weeks he was performing his inaugural gig at London’s legendary venue The Water Rats.
Autumn of 2013 was spent conquering the stages and crowds at The Enterprise, Archangel, Sebright Arms, Purple Turtle, 229 Venue and Miller Club. PB first gig outside of London took place in Soundhouse, Leicester. Along with gigs came nominations for "Oxjam Band of the Year" and "MTV Brand New 2014".
In February 2014 Plastic Barricades were voted to #1 out of 222 bands participating in Hard Rock Cafe London Global Battle of the Bands competition and played a sold out gig at the notorious London venue. On the 24th of March the band released their new single „Shine!” - an ode to self-improvement and taking chances in the world where it's very easy to get lost. Single received a warm welcome from the press media. In May PB have won Camden Rocks Battle of the Bands and played at the massive North London festival.
On the 16th of June 2014 trio introduced their second single from the upcoming album called "Masterminds". Anyone can be a mastermind of his life, all he needs is to take full control and responsibility and make the best of it, strive for happiness, success, exploration and constant improvement. "There are no limits, just frontiers!".
The band has spent August and September 2014 touring around UK for the first time. "MASTERMINDS UK TOUR 2014" included shows in Liverpool, Sheffield, Winchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, Oxford, Brighton, Doncaster and Leicester. Epic homecoming show took place at the legendary Barfly (now Camden Assembly) in London.
Autumn of 2014 suddenly became a festival season for PB with appearances at Oxjam Islington Festival, Nightmare Festival and Oxford City Festival. In December the band got a nomination for "Brand New Artist 2015" and secured their first ever cover story with Jamsphere Magazine.
2015 was dedicated to writing and recording the debut album with a working title "Mechanics of Life". Meanwhile, "Shine!" and "Masterminds" were invading more and more ears, getting a lot of international media attention and extensive airplay in UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. Trio introduced 4 new songs from the upcoming album - "Around the Sun", "Singularity-2045", "Our Favourite Delusions" and "Voices" at Solarsphere Music and Astronomy Festival in Wales and Oxjam Charity Festival in London.
In June 2015 the band landed a 2nd place in Sziget Festival band competition, competing with 100 best bands from across the globe.
On the 13th of July the world heard "Needles in Haystacks" for the first time. Third introduction to Plastic Barricades' upcoming album appeared to be a guitar-driven shimmering indie number meant for those, who sometimes get fixated on achieving the result without enjoying the process. We all have to keep on searching, right?
Fall of 2015 saw PB playing to a massive crowd at The Indie Label competition in Cuban, London - and winning the first round! Then playing the quarter finals - and moving on into the semi-finals. The band also played gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time.
On the 14th of February 2016 “Around the Sun” was released. Fourth single from upcoming “Mechanics of Life” LP is accompanied by a very special music video exploring the idea of second chances and paying homage to "Groundhog Day" and "Sliding Doors" movies. The main role is played by PB drummer Frazer who has never acted before.
On the 20th of January 2016 Plastic Barricades, for the first time ever, became a four-piece, with Norwegian Jonas Svendsen joining on lead guitar. Besides touring with the band till the middle of 2017, Jonas also lent his epic lead guitar skills on half of “Mechanics of Life” album tracks.
On the 18th of June 2016 Plastic Barricades were named winners of Enfield Battle of the Bands and played a very special set at a charity festival set on the grounds of a 17th century Forty Hall mansion. In August 2016 Songwall named PB winners of their "Songs in the Sky" competition. Main judge - ex-singer of legendary Inspiral Carpets Tom Hingley said the following about band's "Around the Sun" single: "..breezy, energetic with an underlying melancholic lyrical structure redolent of the Boo Radleys". The winners were invited to play a stripped down set to an intimate crowd at a penthouse of the classic 1960s Rotunda skyscraper in Birmingham. You can find a video with performance of "Half of your Soul" from that evening on Songwall website and YouTube.
Romantic and heartfelt "Half of Your Soul" was released as a single on the 7th of October and pretty quickly got picked up by more than 200 radio stations in UK, Europe, Japan, North America and Canada. The song even managed to break into Indie TOP 10 charts, landing 10th place for a week in November. String of London shows and traditional Oxjam Charity Festival concluded the gigging year of 2016. In December Dan and Jonas took a boat to the Isle of Wight and have spent several days mixing the remaining songs for "Mechanics of Life" at Bad Cow studios with Carl Perkins at the desk.
First half of 2017 was spent relentlessly working on the final arrangements and mixing for the album. Last song off "Mechanics of Life" LP to come out as a single was a gig favourite indie number "How Goldfish Grow", accompanied by band's first ever ANIMATED music video. The song got great reviews and very positive reaction not only from the British media, but also from journalists in USA, Japan and Canada.
"Mechanics of Life" album was released on the 14th of September 2017. The band played the album launch party at London's Camden Proud and embarked on a 11 date trek around UK, including a show at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool and a headline slot at the Oxjam Islington Charity Festival.
Brand new chapter in the “Plastic Barricades” saga started on the 2nd of May 2018, when the band revealed that they got a new sticksman - Paul Love. A long-time friend, Paul has joined PB in the most exciting times, with album number 2 in the works.
Riding the fresh wave of artistic inspiration and experimentation, the rest of 2018 and first half of 2019 was spent locked in a backyard Shed Studio, writing, recording and mixing LP number 2 titled "Self-Theories".
The first single from the upcoming LP dropped on the 1st of October 2019. "One for the Road" was inspired by Jack Kerouac's iconic "On the Road" novel. The song was accompanied by trippy music video, containing a lot of amateur footage from the late 1950s.
Second single from “Self-Theories” is called “Optimist” – and it will be out on 02.02.2020, together with a truly DIY music video, featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of exactly 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water.
Optimism is all about seeing the way forward through what may seem like a hopeless situation. Australia is on fire, the Amazon is burning, the seas are rising, air is polluted and dumps are full. But being pessimistic isn’t going to help. We can’t blame each other and point fingers. We have to make our own decisions. Human beings can have some terrible instincts - but we aren’t our instincts. We are our choices. Pessimism is choosing defeat, choosing not to act, choosing to accept the situation. We’ve made this mess. We need to clean it up. It starts and ends with us.
The winding road continues....