Thursday 24 May 2012

...Plastic Animals!

Right!  It's been longer than usual since I gave you a wee nudge in the direction of an exciting, new band.  There's quite a few on my To-Introduce list, but right at the top we have Edinburgh's Plastic Animals.  In just over a weeks time, they'll be self-releasing their latest EP Automaton.  In the meantime, you can listen to, and download for free, one of the five tracks from it.  Here's Ghosts...

And here's what they had to say about the EP as well as what else they have coming up.  Straight from the llama's mouth...

Kowalskiy:  Who are Plastic Animals?
Dave:  Mario plays guitar and sings, James plays drums, Dave plays bass and Ben plays guitar. We started in Edinburgh as a 3 piece about 6 years ago, playing occasional gigs filled with short, messy punk songs. After a bit of a break we released an EP last year called "A Dark Spring", which was a step in a more ambient, harmonious direction. The addition of Ben (aka "The Panther") at the start of 2012 has allowed us to further refine and expand our sound, and now we are hell-bent on sharing it with more people!

Kowalskiy:  How would you describe 'your sound'?
Dave:  Without sounding like a wanker? With great difficulty! Layers of guitar and atmospheric noisiness, held together by a solid, driving rhythm section, with a melody buried somewhere underneath. Terms like "shoe-gaze" and "dream-pop" have been bandied about recently, but we can't really escape our grunge-y, alt-rock roots.

Plastic Animals - Automaton EP (out June 2nd)Kowalskiy:  PLUG AWAY!!!
Dave:  We've got a new EP called "Automaton" coming out on 2nd June! It's the first time all four of us have recorded together and we're really happy with the way the songs have turned out. One of the tracks called "Ghosts" can be downloaded for free at the minute from our bandcamp page, and we've also made our first video for it. The celebratory Queen's Jubil-EP launch gig is on Sunday 3rd June at Henry's Cellar Bar in Edinburgh with support from Glasgow garage-rock gals Honeyblood and indie-pop darlings The Spook School. It's only £5 and we'll be playing some tunes afterwards into the small hours. We're also playing the launch gig for a new compilation CD "2x6" by Touch Sensitive, featuring 6 Scottish and 6 Spanish bands. That's on Friday 8th June at The Old Hairdresser's in Glasgow with Randolph's Leap and If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now.

Kowalskiy:  That's how to plug!  Last of all, what can we expect from Plastic Animals in future?
Dave:  We're keen to play a lot more gigs, especially outside Edinburgh, so we’re planning a wee tour later in the year. Things are sounding good in the practice room with lots of new ideas, so it won’t be long until we’re recording again, maybe for a full-length album this time? Maybe.

So, if you liked the sound of Ghosts above (and why wouldn't you!), then you'll be in for a treat when Automaton is released on the 2nd of June... even more so, if you make it along to their launch in Edinburgh the day after.

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