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Plastic Barricades

Alternative // London, United Kingdom, Derry

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!

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century with painstaking sincerity, asking questions and trying to find the answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Keane, Razorlight, Nirvana and many others, trio loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Daniele Borgato on bass and Frazer Webster on drums.

The story of PB started on the other side of Europe, in Tallinn, capital of tiny but very proud Estonia on a windy autumn day of 2007. Dan Kert on guitar and vocals, Jan Laan on bass and Kir N. behind the drum-kit released their first single “London walk/Heavy world” and dived straight into the magical world of gigging. Then there was chaotic and unforgettable tour of the Baltics in an old trusty green VW van, “Metropolitan Paranoia EP” recording in Latvian capital Riga and “Gamble Inc. EP” recording in UK capital London. Kir was replaced by Vassili, music shape shifted and the band began to wonder: what the hell are we doing here?

In summer 2012 Plastic Barricades have locked themselves into the studio in Tallinn and came out with a 6-track EP. “Tree of Ideas” was released on the 8th of September, just a week before Dan and Jan “evacuation” to London. The disc features romantic and desperate “9Lives”, hypnotizing and dreamy “Planets”, determined and passionate “Climb a Skyscraper” (dedicated to one and only real Spider-man Alain Robert), sarcastic and contagious “Giant Leap Back”, psychic-inspired “Radar ON/OFF” and written-on-a-plane “Airborne”.

In London Dan and Jan met Daniel from Colombia, who joined forces as a new drummer. Daniel played 3 gigs with Plastic Barricades and left for his musical theatre career. And then the band discovered Matteo Ippolito, a brilliant drummer from Rome, bringing new unique sparkle to the Plastic Tribe, now totally ready to conquer and rule. Hungry for more changes, the band later replaced Jan with Italian bass sensation Daniele Borgato.

The year of 2013 saw Plastic Barricades gaining momentum on London music scene, gigging around town and collaborating with charity organizations such as Oxfam, British Red Cross and London Blood Donation Centre. It all crashed suddenly when on the 5th of September 2013 Matteo tragically passed away. The darkest day of band’s history will never be forgotten...

But the Earth somehow kept spinning. New drummer auditions were on the way. The band went on rehearsing at London Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where Dan and Daniele were totally blown away by drumming skills of Frazer James Webster. In just three weeks he was performing his inaugural gig at London’s legendary rock venue Water Rats.

Autumn of 2013 was spent conquering the stages and hearts at The Enterprise, Archangel, Sebright Arms, Purple Turtle, 229 Venue and Miller Club. PB first gig outside of London took place in Soundhouse, Leicester. Along with gigs came nominations for "Oxjam Band of the Year" and "MTV Brand New 2014 award". The band has also signed a deal with Trole Records in preparation for the conquest called “2014”.

In February 2014 Plastic Barricades were voted to #1 out of 222 bands participating in Hard Rock Cafe London Global Battle of the Bands competition and played a sold out gig at the notorious London venue. On the 24th of March the band released their first single „Shine!” from the upcoming EP.

Upcoming gigs before the UK Tour (July-August) include „Shine!” single launch extravaganza at Proud Camden (5.04.14, London), Blur’s „Parklife” 20th anniversary party at O2 Academy Islington (26.04.14, London), opening the festival season at Cosmic Puffin 2014 (3.05.14, Mersey Island) and launching the EP at Old Queen’s Head (12.06.2014, London)

The winding road continues....

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