Q&A by Louis McDonald
Tell us about your EP ’Nightmares’
The EP ‘Nightmares’ became of a recording session over a weekend in November 2014. It took quite a while for us to make decisions on mixing, what tracks would end up on the EP and what name to release it under. But it became something we were all quite fond of and keen to release so we got it out there so that we could start playing shows again with some new material.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A BLAT from The Knife Shop Cafe’ in Collingwood. You’ll know why when you try one.
Which song resonates most strongly and why?
That’s hard to say, we have some new material that we’re really excited about, but it’d have to be ‘Nightmares’, it’s a song that really feels like a moment in time for all of us.
Any on the road anecdotes?
Well, once we were due to play show in Adelaide at the Crown & Anchor, but during the main support band’s set, a guy tried to burn down the venue – and I mean really burn it down – he poured out a tank of petrol in the front room and set it on fire, there were massive flames. I had to run on stage and stop the show, then we unloaded our all our guitars and things out the back door into the alley. Lucky everyone was okay though and the place didn’t actually burn down. The gig of course was postponed, we went back to Adelaide the next month or so to play the show.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
It’s not hard to want to be a musician, it can be a fairly appealing lifestyle. I think we play music because it’s a better alternative to doing almost anything else. For us it’s no challenge to find inspiration to do what we do, just doing it is inspiring.
What’s next for you?
We have our EP release show with Frida at The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood September 18th. Then we’ll be playing a few more shows around while we get back in the studio and get some new material recorded.
What’s your scene?
I couldn’t say!
“Shimmering synths, climatic guitars and battering drums, all backed by APRA Silver Scroll-nominated lyricism; Plastic have all the elements for something extremely solid” – Happy
Moving forward from previous projects Five Mile Town and solo acts, Plastic is a newly formed alternative five piece of Melbourne locals and Kiwi ex-pats. Plastic are equally at home in the musical streams of alternative acts Wilco and Pavement, as they are in the realms of classic songwriters such as Neil Young and Neil Finn.
Frontman Louis McDonald was nominated for an APRA Silver Scroll Award for his song ‘Fatal Flaw’ which ranked in the Top 10. The same year he won the International Songwriting Competition Teen Category for ‘You Would Know’.
Plastic’s debut single ‘So Numb’ is lifted from the EP ‘Nightmares’. The track is outlined heavily with large guitars and dynamic synth arrangements, coupled together with poignant and introspective lyrics.
‘Nightmares’ is due for release late August and will make its live debut at The Gasometer Hotelon September 18 alongside Melbourne contemporaries Frida.
‘Nightmares’ EP Launch
September 18 – The Gasometer Hotel w/ Frida