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!
Hey you, the curious and the lonesome! You are probably on a quest for a “once upon a time…” kind of story, where the struggling musicians discover their true genius at the very bottom and then become spoiled with attention, start acting like “rock-stars”, sell their souls to the Devil and ruin some lives along the way, but then find forgiveness and peace in the art itself, settling for a quiet and a bit reclusive life on a farm in the south of somewhere.
Well, all that did happen, but it will take a long while to describe on a random website in the vast ocean of the Internet. Besides, I am sure you’ve heard it all before. So how about instead we will just explain what Plastic Barricades are for.
Ever felt truly alone in your personal quest for meaning? Lonesome in a big crowd of cheerful friends? Never truly fitting in the online world of instant gratification and permanent records? Awkward in front of a camera or on a dance floor? Daydreaming in that beautiful world of literature and art? Experiencing strong feelings when listening to music? Feeling truly sorry for the cruelty of the world and looking for ways to make it a bit better?
If you have answered “yes” to at least some of these – congratulations, you are in the right place.
We believe that any art form can have truly transformative powers and soothe a wounded soul. The world today needs empathy more than ever – and art helps with that. Humankind has suffered enough. The Planet has suffered enough. In the times when we are all connected we somehow feel even more alone. This can change if we embrace our differences and celebrate our kindness, open our hearts to change and fight our fears for the sake of reinventing ourselves.
We play music because we just cannot stop feeling things that need expressing – and making noises through speakers is the only way we’ve learnt. This is how we look for answers to the difficult questions and find some peace in the turbulent times.
Let’s feel things together – and let’s be better together!
Dan x Elina
Plastic Barricades’ Book of Random Happenings:
2007 – Birth of PB in Tallinn, Estonia
2008 – single “London Walk/Heavy World” and “Metropolitan Paranoia” EP released, first tour
2009 – “Gamble Inc” EP recorded in London
2010 – first music video for “Insomnia Seeds” released
2011 – “Tree of Ideas” EP recording in Tallinn
2012 – evacuation to London
2013 – “Shine” single release, first UK shows and Oxjam Band of the Year nomination
2014 – “Masterminds” single release, first UK tour, Hard Rock Café London show as part of Global Battle of the Bands, birth of Shed Studio
2015 – “Needles in Haystacks” single release and Sziget Festival Battle of the Bands finalist
2016 – “Half of your Soul” single release, second UK tour and Songwall’s Songs in the Sky competition win
2017 – full-length “Mechanics of Life” album release and UK tour
2018 – songwriting and recording for album nr 2
2019 – “One for the Road” single and music video release
2020 – “Optimist”, “Tunnel” singles release and full-length “Self-Theories” album release
2022 - "Lucid in the fall"/"Tallest Trees" single and music video release
2023 - "We Stayed Indoors" album release
Plastic Barricades are:
Dan Kert – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Barber - drums
Elina Pasok – art, photography and moving image
Andrew Dex – publicist
Tom Hill - mixing engineer
Andy Baldwin – mastering engineer
Former Plastic Barricades:
Kir N - drums (2007-2009)
Vassili Zdanov - drums (2010-2012)
Daniel Perez - drums (2012-2013)
Matteo Ippolito - drums (2013)
Frazer James Webster - drums (2013-2017)
Jan Laan - bass (2007-2013)
Daniele Borgato - bass (2013-2017)
Jonas Svendsen - lead guitar (2016-2017)
Paul Love - drums (2017-2020)