Plastic Age – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PA: We are just some random good shy kids in real life but once we get loose on stage the dormant beast that resides in us gets out and God knows what could happen !
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PA: We’ve met each other at the start of the school year in high-school and we never ceased this adventure ever since. We’ve learned, taken form and discovered the cultural and musical world for four years and we released our first EP by the end of 2016. It was recorded in the house of Tambours du Bronx (THE band that originates from up here) and we started to play gigs around ever since.
The band really tried to pick up a second guitar player throughout the years but eventually we understood that this trio band formula fits us better.
We released our first album in 2018 and keep playing around in France, soon in England and then other countries.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PA: Our musical influences are numerous. We love the same stuff but we listen different things. The bands that stand out are: Pixies, The Hives, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol. The Post-Punk, the Indie-Rock, Garage … a lots of Rock but not only!
Our non-musical influence resides within movies. For instance our first album, Blood Red Roses ,and its cover refer to Sam Mendes’ American Beauty. We are movie fans and this means a lot when we write down our lyrics.
Literature is also a source influence. Some of our songs refer to Pierre de Ronsard or Shakespeare. We’re digging in from anywhere and anything we love.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PA: Our goal is our dream really. Since always we dream to make a living out of our music, live shows, writings, record and share our passion.
For now our main goal is to become professionals. Then, we’ll see about it later but the farthest away is our destination !
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PA: Apolline : That’s me !
Topics are random. The writings are built out of pictures, shots … It’s very cinematic, really. There are tracks directly inspired from movies like AMERICAN BEAUTY – Blood Red Roses ; Roman Polanski’s REPULSION – The Fairest One Of All ; and Black Mirror from the Charlie Brooker’s BLACK MIRROR series.
And there are tracks that came out from instances of my own life, instances that made me sad or angry or that I just witnessed passively. I am trying to not narrow in my lyrics : I start with an exact meaning and then I try to expand its understanding in order to generate a variety of possible interpretations.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PA: We have our fan base in the virtual world (Facebook, Instagram). In France the word of mouth works pretty well , given the many places we’ve been. We’re proposed more and more shows and we observed an increase in the crowd number over time.
We promotes ourselves and our shows on our own. We’re autonomous since the beginning.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PA: Everyone downloaded music online at least once in his life.
Doing so killed the disc industry. It’s obvious. But streaming services like Spotify or Deezer are well designed in order to offer access to the world’s music and to discover new artists via playlists.
But vinyls, CDs still keep their value. They have a story and a look and it’s important that it will last. We are personally attached to them and it seems that we are not the only ones.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Apolline : There She Goes by The La’s
Simply because it’s my fave , for me it’s the perfetc pop song !
Nicolas : Stella Was Diver And She Was Always Down by Interpol
Because it is a beautiful metaphor of nervous breakdown, with a beautiful bass line and a New York atmosphere.
Gaëlle : Roman Candle by Elliott Smith
Because he gives a voice to sadness and because the melody is spell binding.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PA: The people always asking us why our lyrics are not in French ! Every french band singing in English is at least once, asked this question and it’s very annoying. English is far better for Rock Music than French, that’s all !
And then, there are those who ask why are we still playing Rock n’roll in 2019 (like it was dead or something) and those who suggest (like they know it all) to split up pop from rock … Why would music need s to be limited ? It is true that we don’t fit into a « category » but who cares ?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PA: When we play up on stage and the crowd is singing along our songs, that’s really the greatest moments of our lives. !
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PA: We just ended up our spring-summer tour with more than 40 concerts. So now it is time for a second album. We have already writen many new songs and tested them on stage. We keep working on them and we plan to bring them into a recording studio by 2020.
We are also working on touring abroad. We already had a gig in Italy but our very first touring abroad will be in England and it makes us exited because a great part of the music we love comes from England. We just can’t wait to see you !
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
PA: Our next shows will be in the southern part of France but also in England where we are scheduled for three shows already.
You should come ansd see us because every performance is unique. We are putting in every bit of our hearts, of our souls (and especially of our energy). There is always something unexpect ed ,we want people to live a great moment. It’s out of question to feel just like listening it sitting in a sofa.