Plastic Barricades Interview

Quick Questions With Plastic Barricades

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums. Debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 and is available on Spotify.

Plastic Barricades

Quick Questions

Dan Kert, singer, guitar player and one half of London alt-indie duo Plastic Barricades tackling the latest questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing? 

One autumn day at the age of about 11 I returning home from my piano lesson. On the way to the bus stop there was a small kiosk that sold absolutely everything, from chocolate bars and ramen to cassettes, magazines and yo-yo’s. However, none of that caught my attention. In the window, illuminated by the afternoon sun, was a tape with a red feathery creature and a band name that sounded vaguely familiar. I’ve saved some pocket money by skipping lunch (typical me) and that day I decided I am going to buy my first ever cassette. Anticipation was killing me the whole half-hour bus journey. I came home, put the cassette into the deck and pressed play. The first song that I heard was “Sliver”, the band was Nirvana, the tape was called “The Very Best”. My life changed forever and Kurt is still my all-time hero. He taught me early on that you don’t have to be a virtuoso or have a music degree to express yourself. You can just write heartfelt songs and fill them with real feelings and real energy. Play and write every day and soon you will be surprising yourself with stuff you come up with.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
They say that a tuner might be the most important piece of guitar equipment out there. I tend to agree. As for guitars – I tend to fluctuate between my favourite Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and semi-hollow p90s-equipped Tele depending on the song. I’ve lately discovered that Les Paul Special Double Cut are quite cool. As for pedals – the desert island pedal is definitely a delay: those things can boost your creativity in some very unexpected ways, it is like having another person jamming with you.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

I really enjoyed Death Cab for Cutie’s new album “Thank you for Today”, that came out this year. I’ve been deeply in love with them for a few years now, I just adore their honesty, diversity and bravery when it comes to songwriting and arranging, they are also damn good live. Ben Gibbard, I really hope we will meet someday soon so I can express everything you mean to me in person.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Lesson? Well, I would love to learn from the one and only, incredible Dave Grohl how to write such incredible songs, headbang, rip on the guitar, run around the stage, and chew a gum while singing. He is another one of my all-time heros. Dave, oh Dave….

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
There is a notion you have to learn the rules before you can break the rules. How about a shortcut – just make the new rules, your own rules. Stop trying to be someone else by copying your heroes. Experiment, find your own voice and identity. It’s so much more rewarding. I’ve seen way too many people pick up a guitar to be able to play a Hendrix solo and then abandon it in 3 months, because that solo is too hard. Play your own music, from day one!

Plastic Barricades’ new single “One for the Road” out NOW!

Imagine this:

Open window, open road, open heart… The air smells new and fresh, wind playing in your hair. You can feel the tempo of the modern world slowing down and the skies smiling at you. Your friends are with you in the van. You don’t run away from your daily routine, you just learn to absorb and recharge, to appreciate the world around you and to be present in the moment, letting go of fears and worries, even just for a day or two. Let’s spend our lives on stories! Money disappears all too easily, but stories last millennia.

“One for the Road” facts:

  • Written, recorded and mixed in a backyard Shed Studio in North-West London, mastering at Metropolis Studios in London
  • Inspired by “On the road” novel by Jack Kerouac, first published in 1957
  • Music video for the single, created by band’s art-director Elina Pasok, uses amateur footage, filmed in the late 1950s around America by families with their brand new cutting edge handheld cameras
  • You can hear Plastic Barricades’ trusty old Ford Transit’s happy growl in the first few seconds of the song
  • Artwork for the single uses a model of a Packard Patrician, first released in 1956
  • Single release date – 1st of October 2019
  • “Self-Theories” LP preliminary release set for early 2020