It’s always great to find a present in the mail that’s not an Amazon package for one of my roommates — so thank you Portland OR-based Plastic Weather for sending this one over.
Plastic Weather's self-titled 4-song 7" EP debut is a raw dancey disaster. Rehashing an 80s post-punk sound, the band uses trashy synth, chorusey guitars, disco beats, and distant vocals yells to let out the nightmaric energy.
Side A is driving drums and fuzzy guitars, with echoing vocals. Atonal at times, it’s an ear-splitting vigor in a minor-mode that just won’t let up. If this band was called Dead! at the Disco I wouldn't mind.
My favorite is side B. "Doppelgänger" uses a keyboard/organ that sounds like The Doors. "For Now" is a bit slower, with a heavy delay on the guitar (which i’m a sucker for). The hi-hat has some interesting work, and the overall trance of it sounds like a Joy Division B-side.
They cite musical influences like Le Tigre, The-B-52’s, and others. Plastic Weather is feminist, it’s Portland, it’s weird. Also, loving the pink and green record artwork.
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