This week, The Plastics will be releasing their sophomore album, Pyramid and in the build up to the shows supporting the album and the retail release, we have jumped on board with the guys to spread the news about their latest work.
The album was recorded at Dreamspace Recording Studio in Woodstock, Cape Town and was produced by Shai Hirschon. The Album comprises of 10 new tracks, and the album as a whole has been described as a party album meant for the dance floor.
“Weʼve all expanded our taste in music since Shark, so youʼll hear us exploring different sounds and styles. Itʼs always going to sound like us though, given that itʼs the same 4 members writing the songs together and we have a way of playing together thatʼs always going to make it sound like The Plastics.”
Over the course of the last couple weeks the band have been releasing the artwork for each single over on their Facebook Page (check out the artworks here) and in the next couple weeks a few select sites will be streaming exclusive tracks from the album.
etm will be streaming the single Occasional Lies next week (check out the artwork below) and in the running to the JHB shows, we will also be giving away tickets to those and a massive hamper from Lee Jeans that includes a pair of jeans and a t-shirt + 1 signed copy of the new album.
Designed by Arno Kruger
We will also chat to Arno Kruger about the artwork for the single, so keep your eyes on the site in the next couple days for all the information.
For now, check out the tour dates for their nationwide Pyramid Tour with loads of awesome acts joining them along the way + the track list for the new album:.
PYRAMID Track List:
1. Occasional Lies
2. Stereo Kids (Reprise)
3. Out Of This Town
4. Underwater Kite
5. Sooner Than Later
7. Mud and Money
8. Girl, Youʼre Nothing Like A Woman
9. Best Pretenders
10.Hallway of Mirrors
With their new album dropping later this week and much talk about the change of name, we caught up with ISO to find out what is happening in their camp
etm:. We’re getting into the final stretch of 2012 but unlike most people, you guys aren’t slowing down – Where does all the energy come from?
ISO:. The music industry is such that it waits for no man and the more time you spend sitting on your backside the less time you have to make an impact. We are still young and full of vitality so we are trying to strike while the iron is hot.
etm:. Obviously you guys have been super busy the last couple months and can’t be everywhere all the time, but no Oppikoppi for you guys this year?
ISO:.Yeah that’s just the rub of the green. Some years your in and some years you’re out.
etm:.So one of the obvious things: now being known as ISO – what prompted taking on the abbreviation full time?
ISO:.It became most obvious to us that our name was possibly detrimental to our progress when we were touring a place like Germany. They thought it was a disease! Many of our fans abbreviate the name to ISO in any case, so we thought to avoid all the confusion and just shorten it ourselves. It makes life a helluva lot easier when it comes to radio dj’s!
Overall the quality of the recording is the best we’ve heard come out of this country, and this is why we are so proud of it.
etm:. It’s always a bit scary, especially in SA when bands change their name or do something a little different, and there were/are some doubts about the name change – but for the most part people have really been supportive of the band. How do you separate the positive from the negative?
ISO:.As you say people have been really supportive. So we try to focus on that moving forward. Obviously we take the criticism to heart, but it was largely similar criticism that prompted us to abbreviate the name in the first place. You can’t keep everyone happy, and in this industry if you take things personally you won’t last very long.
etm:. Now, the new single No Fire has been cruising the 5fm playlist and has had an incredible response from the public. Did you think it would catch on as quickly as it has?
ISO:.We felt very confident that it would do well, yes. How well, you never know, but we are very pleased with the track’s progress so far.
etm:. The electronic vibe to the track is something you have said will carry through the new album, and checking out the soundcloud page and the cover of “Cinema” that is performed at your live shows, the electronic elements have been creeping in for some time now…
ISO:.Glad you have noticed! Yes it’s something we have been focussing on because it gives us a lot more options with regards to produciton and also in terms of our live performace. We also feel it keeps our sound more modern.
etm:. I’ve already heard people asking “When is the video coming?”
ISO:.Filming starts in September with a release early October.
etm:. The new album Piece by Piece is your fourth studio offering, and you’ve said that this is by far your best work yet. What makes this album better than the previous ones?
ISO:. For a start the amount of control we had over the recording process was really to our liking. Because we facilitated the entire recording ourselves, we had a lot more freedom later on in the process to make changes and improve arrangments. Overall the quality of the recording is the best we’ve heard come out of this country, and this is why we are so proud of it. It’s also a great advert for Marko and Richard as producers.
etm:. Just a few months back you guys were touring the release of the Live In Germany DVD, and at the end of this month you are back on tour for the album launches – at some point don’t you just want to go home and sleep in your own beds?
ISO:. All the time! But you get used to it. Travelling is one of the perks of his industry, you get to see so many places and meet so many interesting people.
We felt very confident that it would do well, yes. How well, you never know, but we are very pleased with the track’s progress so far.
etm:. On the Piece By Piece tour there are a number of supporting acts – who should we definitely be checking out?
ISO:. Bittereinder are joining us in Potch and Good Night Wembley in CT. Also chek out Jessie in Pretoria and Asleep in Transit and Strage in Durban.
Piece By Piece will be on sale in Music,Look & Listen and all major music retail outlets nationwide from Monday, 3 September 2012. The album will also be on sale at all album launch tour shows.
Piece by Piece Track List:
Give Me A Reason
No Fire Reprise
House On The Hill
Count The Hours
Point Of No Return
All For You
30 August / Port Elizabeth, Pool City / R40 with Race to the Moon & Huis Najaar
31 August / Stellenbosch, Aandklas / FREE
1 September / Cape Town, Sowing the Seeds @ Zula Bar / R120
6 September / Potchefstroom, Memphis Rock / R40 with Bittereinder
7 September / Pretoria, Arcade Empire / R50 with Jessie
8 September / Johannesburg, Tanz Cafe / R60
15 September – Durban, LIVE the Venue / R60 with Asleep in Transit and Strage
27 September / Pretoria, State Theatre Rock Nights / R60 Computicket, R80 Door
Today marks the worldwide premiere of former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes video for his new single Hot Fruit.
The track is the lead single from Coombes debut solo album titled “Gaz Coombes Presents…Here Come The Bombs”.
The album was produced by Sam Williams, whom Coombes first worked with on the Supergrass album I Should Coco. Expect the new album to be released digitally in the US on May 21st via Hot Fruit Recordings.
Upped a couple days ago to the Body Work soundcloud page is the full stream of the LPZ EP 1983.
The response for the release has all ready been awesome – DJ Mag ‘Disco’ single of the month in next issue, upcoming Clash Podcast, feature on XLR8R, etc – so seriously, check out the tracks, and as an added bonus my favorite jam from the release Snake & Butterfish is available for free download.
Back in December I was sent over a sample of CSY & Stripes track Footsie, so I’m pretty happy that single has officially been upped in full to soundcloud.
Footsie/Speakeasy will be released through Body Work on the 6th of February and the project has been getting a pretty insane response as of late.
SInden has been playing it on his Kiss FM show, A-Trak included Speak Easy on his Fool’s Gold January Radio show and we’ve had spins on Rinse FM, Nasty FM and lots lots more, with DJs such as Switch, Groove Armada, Tayo, Filthy Dukes, Chris Duckenfield, Adam F, Andy Mac, Baxta, Rack n Ruin, Tittsworth, Seb Chew, The Aston Shuffle, NAPT, Shades of Rhythm, Scottie B, Riotous Rockers, Urban Nerds and lots lots more.
Check out the two tracks below, and be sure to snatch up a copy when the tracks are officially released:.
After the massive success of his debut release Pinball, Akira Kiteshi (Tommy Forrest) is delving into some uncharted territory with his new release Transmission.
The track is 2step influenced dubstep electronica, or whatever you want to call it, there is something about the track that has had me have it one repeat for the past couple hours. The track is quite trippy thanks to the frenetic synths, but what really stands out are the vocals.
Givin’ It Up fuses some funky low end bass with some pretty synth work and lucid vocals.
This is glitch-fuelled bass music that sounds like the most luxurious 80’s funk-soul jam being ripped apart and rebuilt for some future dancefloor.
Check out the tracks over at Akira Kiteshi‘s soundcloud page and look out for the release on the 7th of November on Afterglo Records.
Right, so today is the day that the new album from Ben Harper is released, and to promote the album Ben is touring like crazy and making a bunch of appearances.
After already playing a huge amount of international festivals, Harper will kick off his North American Tour on the 25th of August at The Warfield in San Francisco, and tomorrow night he will perform his new singleRock N’ Roll Is Freeon The Late Show with David Letterman and then as apart of the CBS Interactive web concert series that they have been doing Harper will perform at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.
The concert will be broadcast live, so we here in South Africa will also be able to check it out. Check out the details for the stream here.
He’ll also appear on “The Early Show” (May 19), “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (May 24) and “Conan” (May 25).
Check out the tour dates below:.
6/4 – Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Festival
6/5 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
6/6 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/7 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/12 – Fès, Morocco – Festival de Fès
6/30 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreSOLD OUT
7/1 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreSOLD OUT
7/2 – Sioux City, OA – Saturday in the Park
7/3 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/5 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
7/6 – Ottawa, ON – Bluesfest
7/8 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City International Summer Festival
7/16 – Aix les Bains, France – Festival Musilac
7/18 – Lucca, Italy – Piazza Napoleone
7/19 – Rome, Italy – Fiesta Ippodromo delle Capannelle
7/20 – Milan, Italy – Arena Civica
7/22 – Nimes, France – Festival de Nimes
7/23 – Carcassonne, France – Festival de Carcassonne
7/25 – Saint-Malo-Du-Bois, France – Festival de Poupet
7/28 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Swiss Blues Festival
7/29 – Tarvisio, Italy – Piazza Unita
7/30 – Verona, Italy – Castello Scaligero Di Villafranca
8/1 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Sporting Summer Festival
8/3 – Corsica, France – La Citadelle
8/5 – Avenches, Switzerland – Rock Oz Arènes
8/6 – Colmar, France – Festival Foire aux Vins d’Alsace
8/7 – Dranouter, Belgium – Dranouter Festival
8/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
8/26 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre
8/27 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre
8/28 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
9/2 – Stateline, NV – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
9/3 – Las Vegas, NV – Pool at Cosmopolitan
9/4 – Del Mar, CA – Del Mar Racetrack (concert following the races)
9/10 – Dana Point, CA – Doheny Days Music Festival
Since the first time I saw these guys play (was a few years back when they were opening for The Parlotones at The Barnyard) I was hooked.
They are a Indie/Acoustic 5-piece from Leeds and they are pretty awesome. After much time in the studio their debut EP Give Me Something is finally ready for download. Show support for an awesome act and get the EP here.
Get a feel for the band by listening to their track Change My Needs below.
You can also keep up to date with the happenings of the band on their MySpace and Twitter