Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Plastic Barricades

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Dan Kert of Plastic Barricades.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

KERT: Well, it has been tough on all of us, there’s no denying that. An emotional rollercoaster of a year. But it is December and we are still here. High hopes for 2021.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

KERT: That’s more or less the only thing that could save us from it all really. We had an album to finish – and it is out now, released against all odds. We are quite proud of “Self-Theories” and hope it will help our listeners through this tough time.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

KERT: We toured quite extensively when our debut album came out, but for the last two years we’ve been off stage and in the studio. Last gig we played was a cool show in Bristol. We were hoping to gig in support of the new album in 2020, but that never happened.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

KERT: Never say never – maybe a candlelit acoustic set is long overdue now :).

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

KERT: It definitely will, but it will never be quite the same again. I also hope that when gigs are back both gig-goers and also gig promoters will appreciate what they have a bit more.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

KERT: Bands consist of people. And people need to talk to other people. Many musicians live in isolation, because writing music is sometimes truly life-consuming and also overwhelming. So write your favorite local band a warm message on their social media – they will appreciate that. And maybe buy a t-shirt from them? That is always helpful. Our new album “Self-Theories” is out now and we are very grateful for all the support from all around the world – truly humbled by this!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Plastic Barricades

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….