Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades is an Alternative Rock duo composed by Dan Kert on guitars and vocals, and Paul Love on drums and production, that we had the pleasure to meet for the first time listening to their previous single ‘One For The Road’.

As you keep on reading on this, if you missed our previous post you can rewind the tape and head back to it at the following link: Plastic Barricades // One for the Road

Inspired and influenced by almighty artists and bands, from the likes of Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many more, this two-piece band is one that loves to experiment with styles, sounds and approaches, moving between the nuances of Indie and Alternative Rock.

As they keep on feeding their creative vision, giving chronicle to the reflections and the connotations of what it may mean to live life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, they continue to ask question and try to find answers to the contemporary Zeitgeist.

Have you ever imagined what you would see under a microscope if you could analyze your worries and anxieties? What would they look like?

This is the sort of existential question that Plastic Barricades scrutinized in their latest single, ‘Tunnel’, the third one taken from ‘Self-Theories’, their upcoming LP due in autumn 2020.

Mixed by Paul Love and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios, ‘Tunnel’ was written and recorded in North-West London, in a backyard shed studio where Plastic Barricades also shoot a video for the acoustic version of the song. You can watch it on the Plastic Barricades YouTube channel, along with the official video.

When all the noises fade and you can hear your heart
It’s beating fast
Transcending all that happened in your past
Embrace the darkness if you want to win this fight
Please carry on, keep searching for the light

“Sometimes it feels like life is this winding road with plenty of tunnels. You go in, it is dark and uneasy, and pretty soon you start wondering how long this tunnel is. Visibility is reduced, you cannot increase your speed or turn back. It starts to feel claustrophobic. Your thoughts are amplified, loudly reverberating in your head.”

So Plastic Barricades shares the meaningful about of ‘Tunnel?, then they continues: “All you can do is keep reminding yourself that no tunnel lasts forever and you will make it out of this one, like all the previous ones you’ve been to – and you will see sunlight again!”

Wrapped in a gloomy atmosphere, in which streams of curiosity and mystery follow one another with revealing glimpses, ‘Tunnel’ is a work that goes far beyond the definition of Alt-rock.

Through their musical delivery, so melancholic and honest, here Plastic Barricades ferry us on a romantic safe sailing, cruising in a sea of doubtful and shadowy waves.

Their microscopic analysis is an expedient to find a new point of view, which is located just beyond the boundary that separates us between the tangible and the ethereal. Where the overall view offers nothing but blurred outlines silhouetted against the glow, Plastic Barricades goes one step beyond, to capture the most detailed possible fabric and texture of the topic.

And with a magnification power of 1000x, there are many thoughts that can find better focus.

All photos and artwork by Elina Pasok.

Listen now to ‘Tunnel’ on Spotify, the third single from the Plastic Barricades upcoming LP ‘Self-Theories’, set to be released in autumn 2020.

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Also, you can discover ‘Tunnel’ to on NOVA ERA, our playlist featuring on a weekly rotation all the artists covered by Nova MUSIC blog.

.: Nova Music blog // August 2020