Plastic Barricades – Mechanics of Life (Album Review)

London trio ‘Plastic Barricades’ released their new album ‘Mechanics of Life’ on September 15th. This was recorded in there hometown of London and was self produced.

‘Mechanics of Life’ starts off with the explosive and groovy opener of ‘How Goldfish Grow’ which shows what the band is all about. The music makes you jump, all thanks to the awesome bass line, and have fun while the lyrics make you interpret as to what it’s actually about.

The energy continues through the album with the tracks ‘Singularity 2045’ and ‘Our Favourite Delusions’ which keeps the upbeat feeling going as well as taking advantage of some great guitar effects. The melodic guitar solos work to perfection in these songs as well.

The album slows down slightly but still keeps the tempo up with ‘Be the Change’. A lyrically beautiful song with the music to go with it. It’s a very melodic song with another great melodic guitar solo, a stand out of the album.

‘Mechanics of Life’ shows a lot of enthusiasm, energy and heart with tracks like ‘Around the Sun’ (which comes with an awesome video) and ‘Needles in Haystacks’. These songs show great musicianship, with the bass line again standing out in both of these tracks, you can see these songs being main stays in their live performances.

‘Shine!’ is a chilled out track which again uses effects to its advantage and the addition of the acoustic guitar makes it a well worked, slow and gloomy piece. The lyrics still show great meaning not only on this track but throughout the whole album. The outro sums the song up perfectly.

A lot of the songs have a similar sounding intro, with the guitars introducing the song but with ‘Half of Your Soul’, the drums take control which helps set what the songs feeling is going to be around. The bass continues to be solid, you could say the guitar is similar to other songs of the album but the addition of the harmonies is great, if only more of it could have been used throughout the whole album and not just one song.

‘Medicine Man’ brings the energy back and keeps it upbeat. The lyrics are gloomy and depressing which contradicts the music being played in a ‘The Smiths’ kinda way. This definitely isn’t a bad thing and the decrescendo in the bridge and the build up back to the chorus is quality.

Coming to the end of the album, you would think the songs start to die off and interest will be lost, but this album is the opposite of that. ‘Voices’ offers great lyrics once again along with a banging chorus. The drums being heavier as well in the interlude after the chorus just shows more variety and diversity. It’s a solid, heavy rock track thanks to everything from the chunky bass, pounding drums, layered guitars and roaring vocals. ‘Masterminds’ offers a lovely end to the album. Again, it starts off slow but keeps the tempo up. Just like throughout the entire album, the solos in the song are very melodic, they show great emotion. And with the outro of the album being as explosive as the intro is, it’s a great way to end the album.

You can see how much effort the band has put into getting their sound right. The guitar layering in some songs can come out great, where as in other songs it can seem a bit messy. But the layering works well with the vocals and the bass and drums work well together in holding down the beat.

Plastic Barricades don’t rely on just one member. Each member brings their own aspect to the band and this helps them get such a unique sound. Dan Kert shows great guitar work and his vocal style works like magic. Daniele Borgato on the bass and Frazer Webster on the drums hold the line very well while still showing great talent and musicianship. Who knew groovy and gloomy would work so well!

This album has pretty everything you can look for when it comes to alternative and indie music. With more experience and progression as a band, they can make something even more great.

Key Tracks: How Goldfish Grow, Be the Change, Voices

For Fans of: Radiohead, The Kooks

Rating: 7/10


Want to hear the album yourself? Check it out here!



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