The British-Brazilian industrial-rock trio have announced the follow-up to their self- titled debut album, to be released on October 28th 2013
One would be forgiven for thinking Plastique’s 2011 release, ‘Plastique’ had a quiet life, but with themes focused on power and sexuality (with two videos to support this), it soon caught critical acclaim on the blogosphere, was featured on a TV web-series in the USA, national papers in Brazil and even the attention of Iron Sky director, Timo Vuorensola.
True to their name, the London-based trio have promised an “explosion of sound” in their second outing, ‘#SocialScar’. Their teaser video mysteriously announces the album’s title and the release date (October 28th, 2013) on their label, Overkill Media.
“‘#SocialScar’ is a collection of stories and perspectives,” says frontwoman Anelise Kunz. “It’s about the dysfunctional lifestyles we all lead. Everyone has a disorder, according to society, and everyone is all-too- quick to display their flawed/idealistic personas on social media, while becoming more socially inept in the real world.”
“We’re exploring some very dark paths,” adds producer Gabriel Ralls. “The album features attention- seeking, self-mutilating girls; victims of bipolar disorder in a long British winter; love stories with a Stockholm/Lima Syndrome twist and favouring sins... all tied with some kick-ass heroism and rock n’ roll nostalgia. The album is eclectic and we’ve been inspired by everything from classic rock, dance, dubstep to the outright experimental. It’s brutal, sarcastic and occasionally uplifting: The perfect balance for us.”
Fabio Couto, Plastique’s guitarist, highlights, “Perhaps one of the most important songs on the album for us is a song called ‘Brasil’. It’s the first time Anelise and I have worked on a song in our native Portuguese tongue. Following the protests that occurred a couple of months ago around the country (the band showed their support by posting a protest video to their song ‘Fistfights’), with the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics due to take place in Brazil, we felt it was necessary to reflect on what it means to be Brazilian and express our views to the world, whom are very much watching right now. Everything is related, everything is powerful: anyone can have their six-seconds of fame on Internet and we decided to explore and exploit this power.”
The result is ‘#SocialScar’ (deliberately hashtagged), a “melodic punch in the face”. The band claim it’s a backlash to much of the “generic” indie rock that has recently been dominating the charts, but is also championing the recent creativity they’ve been hearing this year from some of their idols, David Bowie, Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails, among others.
“It’s going to be hard to compete with the quality of music released recently”, says Fabio, “but we’re proud to be releasing music in the same year as them.” Indeed, to help this, the band have also enlisted the help of mastering engineer Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Deftones and Marilyn Manson) for his final touch on the album.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with Tom”, says Gabriel. “I pretty much grew up listening to albums mastered by him, so it only makes sense to have him personally work on ‘#SocialScar’.”
Plastique have also promised a series of videos to back-up the concept: “Our first video is ready!” stresses Anelise. “While it’s incredibly simple compared to the videos we did for ‘Butterflies’ and (the burlesque- themed) ‘A Paper cut From A Paper Kiss’ on the first album, it’s actually my favourite so far. We’re already planning the next two videos and one of them is going to be very controversial, much like the album’s concept. We don’t know how much longer artists will have freedom of creative expression, so the time is now.”
The first video for Plastique’s ‘#SocialScar’ is due within a week and is titled ‘White Noise’. Backers of their Indiegogo campaign are promised an early screening. More details will follow in the coming days...
‘#SocialScar’ will be released on October 28th 2013 on download, HD download and limited edition CD.