Tallinn, Estonia, County Antrim
When autumn leaves began to crash into the concrete of the city, three lads were out for a walk. They were thinking about forming a band. Longing to play MUSIC, that was trying to find its way out of their hearts - to fly around the Globe, to intercept radio waves and conquer the ear tunnels...
In September 2007 old friends Dan, Jan and Kir locked themselves in a rehearsal room and wrote their first song. How was it called? None ever remembers... In fact, that song never made it to their concert setlist. But it was The Beginning.
It’s good to be LIVE!
First live show ever played by the Plastic Barricades took place in their hometown Tallinn (which is a capital of Estonia), on a stage of a club called “360” on the 21 of March 2008. That day had been printed into the memory forever: it was cold and foggy, naked bodypainted girls were all shivering, the sound was awful, but the crowd was stunning. Every guest got himself our first CD – single “London Walk”/”Heavy world”. Medieval walls were shaking and the afterparty was shocking.
Having shown themselves to the public, the guys didn’t want to stop (ever!), so they participated in several band competitions, among which the most successful would be the international “Nissan UrbanD Playground” contest, where PB made it to the finals, but had to settle with 2nd place.
Plastic on Baltics
The band wrote new material throughout the summer of 2008, composing the songs for their first EP and preparing for the “Plastic on Baltics Tour 2008”. On the 4th of October their old-fashioned but devoted green VW tourbus took the band to their first show abroad, which happened to be a LIVE concert in cult club “Fontaine Palace” (Liepaja, Latvia). Shows in the Baltic capital cities Riga and Vilnius followed. The more kilometers the band covered, the more certain they became – this is what we always wanted!
“If you live in a big city someday you’ll definitely find out what is the Metropolitan Paranoia. It will affect your consciousness and the world will never be the same again.” This intro to song “Alarm”, which openes the “Metropolitan Paranoia” EP, pretty much reveals the whole concept of the record. Recorded in October-November 2008 in Sound Division studios (Riga, Latvia), “Metropolitan Paranoia” consists of five songs (+weird intro track) revealing different scenarios of what can happen to inhabitants of a big city. Shivers after a bad dream or panic, caused by unpredictable weather conditions can happen to anyone and we sure know it although we come from a small country.
Full of new ideas, Plastic Barricades returned to their cozy rehearsal studio in Tallinn. While a good friend and a brilliant sound-engineer Ivars Ozols was busy mixing the EP, the band started to book the summer European festival tour. In the beginning of spring 2009, when the managing work was almost done, PB had to wave hands to their former drummer Kir, who decided to quit this crazy and demanding process. Luckily it wasn’t a problem, and in a week Vasya took the reign in drum kingdom and became the third missing part of Plastic Barricades.
This started an underground period when PB had to learn old songs and create something even better.
Practicing and playing till perfection in their rehearsal studio, the band gained new strength to move forward.
In January 2010 Plastic’s had a great experience shooting a music video for “Insomnia Seeds”. Big studio hall, burning lights, scripts, costumes, make up and dolly – all so interesting and inspiring. Later the work of band’s manager and photographer Elina Päsok made it to the TOP 50 best Estonian music videos.
But the most stunning moment of 2010 was definitely PB trip to London. During the last week of April and the first week of May the band recorded their new “Gamble Inc.” EP in the UK capital. The main track of the EP - "Gamble Inc." - is full of foolish irony and bitter sarcasm. Followed by tender and intimate "Cranberry Shake", in which two hearts are melted together; real-life story "Envelope"; provoking and waggish "The Ballad of a Crash Test Dummy", the EP ends with encouraging "Keep your lane" and the words: "Make the world a better place".
London became our passion, our hope and our virus. Right now the band is planning to pack their things an move from Tallinn to London, in search for music gurus, crowds, soundtechicians, fans and label.
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Nothing can stop us from making music. We believe in it’s healing power, and we have lots of things to say to the World. Run away from dull home country and indifferent people, settle in London and find the Ideal Song – that’s what we’re up to!
In love with Music,
Dan, Jan and Vasya