#1: How did the band come together?
Plastic Barricades were started more than 10 years ago on the other side of Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia out of pure necessity to write songs and sing them to family, friends, enemies and total strangers. The band has been through several line-up changes and one full relocation to London in 2012. To this date, we’ve released 3 EPs, 8 singles and one full-length album.
#2: What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?
Touring [the] UK for the first time back in 2014 was a true dream-come-true kind of moment. Growing up I could only dream of someday living in London – and then I was suddenly packing a tour van to play some shows around the UK. Magic!
#3: When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?
We like to tell stories, draw people into the context of the songs and maybe plant some deeper thoughts into some heads. Having fun and jumping around is also allowed. But expect brutal honesty from the stage – we will not pretend to be someone we are not. We just go out and sing our hearts out.
#4: Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?
Over the last 15 years, we were very lucky to have witnessed a lot of huge stars on [the] stage and even talk to some of them (hi Fieldy!). White Stripes in a small dance club in 2005 were quite epic, Massive Attack made us fall into a trance, Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins were phenomenal… But it is very very very hard to compete with his royal rock ‘n’ rollness Dave Grohl and the Foos! 3 hours of non-stop, balls-out rock music, with huge smiles on everyone’s faces. Our art-director has torn her pants, I’ve didn’t have any voice the next day. What made that gig (open-air) even more special was the warm-up! Simon Neil and Biffy Clyro were tearing it all apart, they are true legends and have such incredible energy. So in conclusion – dear Simon, dear Dave – shall we gig together asap?
#5: What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?
I have to mention Dave Grohl once again. He is just everything that anyone could ever dream of, without any of the crap that usually comes with fame and glory. Oh, Dave. I grew up with Nirvana, Radiohead, Placebo, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Oasis, Coldplay and many other honest bands, that were always embracing who they are and not pretending to be fancy or cool. Over the last several years I’ve fallen deeply in love with Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins! There is some magic happening between Portland and Seattle while we here are trying to exit the EU for good. Ah, dammit…
#6: Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?
This interview is turning into a love letter to Dave Grohl. We’ve never met, but I do have recurring dreams, where we drink beer, jam and have long meaningful conversations. It was incredibly cool to meet Sting, dudes from Metallica (get well soon, dear James!), Fieldy from Korn and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.
#7: What are some long-term goals you have for the band?
Fancy pretentious answer: play Red Rocks, Wembley and Madison Square Garden.Honest answer: keep writing the sincerest and touching music I possibly can and hopefully help someone out there live through a tough time.
#8: What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
We are currently finishing our second LP, that will hopefully be out sometime next year. It is called “Self-Theories” and it was all written, recorded and mixed in a small 4×2 m garden shed, converted into a studio. It is an album of hope and self-reflection, and both me and Paul feel very proud of it already. [The] first single “One for the Road” is out now – go check out the trippy music video on YouTube.
#9: What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Finishing the recording of songs number 11 and 12 is our first priority. But we might as well squeeze one more single release into the two remaining months. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears ready!
Thank you, Dan, for the interview and thank you to Rogue PR for setting it up.
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