Artist of the Day - Plastic Barricades
Allow us to introduce you to Plastic Barricades, our Artist of the Day.
Introduce the band to us!
Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert – vocals, guitars and Paul Love – drums, production.
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, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.
Where are you based?
Floating seamlessly between London and Paris
What genre would you describe yourself as?
Honest and heartfelt indie rock
Who is your main inspiration?
Humans of Earth and their stories and struggles and victories.
How do create your music?
Dan: I have a long list of future song titles in my phone. Then a piece of music starts playing in my head (usually at 2 in the morning). Then that piece of music becomes a bit of recording. And then the rest falls into place.
What made you want to start in music?
Kurt Cobain and his honesty. Later came Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Oasis, Coldplay, Radiohead and Muse.
What is on the horizon for you?
Eternal glory and emotions frozen on tape for posterity.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Hey there, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie! How about we write some heartfelt tunes together and then play them relentlessly all around the world together?
What is your ultimate goal?
This might sound cheesy and pretentious, but here goes: I want our songs to help people live through difficult times. I want our optimism to be contagious. And let there be more empathy and compassion on this lonesome planet. (Amen to that! - ed)
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
Someday while on tour we will definitely try our best at “Everlong”. We just need a big choir to sing along with us.
Possibly the most important question of all... when making tea, is it milk first or last?
C’mon – NO MILK in TEA! Dairy is bad for you, humans!
Tell us your funniest joke!
I took a picture with REM, wanna see it? Look, that’s me in the corner!
You've just released your new single, "Tunnel." What's the lowdown on the song?
Sometimes it feels like life is this winding road with plenty of tunnels. You go in, it is dark and uneasy, and pretty soon you start wondering how long is this tunnel. Visibility is reduced, you cannot really increase your speed or turn back. It starts to feel claustrophobic. Your thoughts are amplified, reverberating in your head. All you can do is keep reminding yourself that no tunnel lasts forever and you will make it out of this one, like all the previous ones you've been to - and you will see sunlight again!
The song was written and recorded in a backyard Shed Studio in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios. The video for the single was created by PB art-director Elina Pasok and Dan Kert. All colours and movements you see in the video are real, no post-production magic here.