So a little over a week ago, a member of Rogue PR reached out to us, with the idea of an interview format that we had actually been wanting to do if we had ever gone to print. Since going to print can be a bit costly, especially if you’re doing this for fun more than anything. We never really were looking for HUGE exposure, though if we came across it, no complaints. For the most part, we are exactly where we want to be, while working on logistics of something else we’d like to do *fingers crossed* hopefully soon. Anyway, the idea was to send a handful of questions that weren’t necessarily specific to any band out and just see what would happen. That was, as I said, just over a week ago and we already had something like five bands send back their responses! We sent out something like seven questions that got us info about what the band was up to along with some quirky questions as well and couldn’t be more thrilled with how these turned out. The biggest problem with e-mail interviews is, there’s zero emotion coming from us about their responses. However, this section, had we done a print mag would have been something we put toward the back of each issue. Not due to lack of importance, but we felt it would have been a great way to close out each issue. So without further ado, here is the first interview (to be followed up by the rest in minutes to come) with UK act Plastic Barricades!
Dan Kert, guitarist, singer and one half of London alt rock duo Plastic Barricades sat down for a
chat with Damnation Magazine:
Tell us about your band.
We try to write sincere songs about the life in the XXI century, using traditional rock band instruments plus some odd percussions here and there. Our second album was all written, recorded and mixed in a 2x4m backyard shed, using minimum amount of equipment, but a lot of coffee and several neighbour complaints. We used to record in fancy studios and obsess over the smallest details – but that perfectionist era is now thankfully behind us.
What are you working on currently (album, tour, music video, etc.)?
Our latest single “Optimist” is out now – and we are quite proud of both the song and the truly DIY music video. Our next album is called Self-Theories – and it will hopefully be out sometime in summer this year. So the plan is to spend some more time making sure those mixes work well and maybe even add a couple of tracks to the release – and then take the songs on the road.
If you were asked to re-Score a movie, what movie would it be? Why?
Fight Club is undeniably one of the best movies ever made and it is also one of those
prophetic ones, that become more and more relevant each year. Our upcoming album has a lot of similar topics discussed in detail, so I feel like re-scoring Fight Club would be an epic endeavour. Btw, I would still leave “Where is my mind” as the final track, you cannot really beat that, however hard you try.
What is the music scene like where you’re from?
London music scene is incredibly busy and gigs are happening around town every single day. However, it is not quite how I imagined it to be when relocating here in 2012. Many musicians are running like hamsters in their wheels, trying to make ends meet, playing any possible pub they can book and struggling to get heads through the door (which, is by the way, promoters job, but somehow promoters don’t really care at all and assume that the band needs to do all the PR and marketing work). Because of this constant financial struggle and lack of organized marketing help, London scene lacks any kind of camaraderie and feels like a constant competition. People just don’t talk to each other anymore (probably because they have to pack up their gear quickly and make a run for the last train home).
If you could tour with any band(s) (active or not) who would it be and why?
I have these two tours I keep dreaming about: playing a more light-hearted indie set with Death Cab For Cutie and The Shins and then embarking on a balls-out rock-out adventure with Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro. Both would be equally incredible and I sincerely hope that someday I will get a chance to confess to Ben Gibbard, James Mercer, Dave Grohl and Simon Neil how much they all mean to me.
Why do you do what you’re do? (re: making music)
When you start playing music you either get stuck with trying to sound like others and learning their work and performing covers, or you get to creating your own noises right away. I’ve met a lot of people from the first group, that were bored by music, felt down because they cannot play “that Hendrix solo properly” and so on and so forth. Many of them end up playing at weddings and parties and are very well versed in classics and have a huge catalogue of songs. But somehow they don’t sound happy or excited. I’ve always been part of the second group – and after a couple of decades I am still in awe of the magic that writing music brings to my life. I do this because I just cannot stop. Taking a thought and crafting that into a song, that can then travel the world is a beautiful thing.
We are fans of comics, sci-fi, horror and wrestling. So tell us, what kind of nerd are you?
I know way too much about guitars and cars, but my nerdiness also extends to Ray Bradbury and Isaac Azimov novels. Paul is a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek, so he is more of a classic nerd. He also once built robot hands, that can play drums, but that project is currently under scrutiny by the Department of Defence.