Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Paul Love of Plastic Barricades.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
LOVE: We’re an indie rock two-piece who write songs about being nice to each other. Dan plays guitar and I play drums. We write and record everything in a 2x3m wooden shed in a secret location in London. It gets very hot in the summer, but we like it. We have a little shrine to Phil Collins in there.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
LOVE: Oasis, Coldplay and Keane. We’re very cutting edge. Mavericks, some might say (that was a song reference, Oasis fans). When we’re feeling really saucy we put on Jack Johnson and Norah Jones records. Ed Sheeran is the greatest guitarist of our generation. You know it and your mum knows it.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
LOVE: Our latest release is our new single “One for the Road” and it was released on October 1st. I think metal fans everywhere and Metal Anarchy readers in particular should stop lying to themselves and admit they really like jangly pop songs about summertime and community. That’s why you should listen to us. Your mum’s worried about you, Kevin.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
LOVE: At least 3 vintage guitars, a sparkly gold drum kit and sarcastic heckling from the drummer. We have a no practice policy, so there may be some bum notes.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
LOVE: An early grave from vegan sausage roll abuse. I’ll probably look back at this interview and wonder why I didn’t give serious answers or mention that I love Tool and Sleep. Oh, there we go.
P.S. If you made it this far, the Phil Collins thing was a joke. The shrine is for Dave Grohl….