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Plastic Mermaids
Plastic Mermaids, Cardiff Buffalo Bar, 25-04-2017
Background information
OriginIsle of Wight, England
GenresPsychedelic rock
Years active2012–present
LabelsSunday Best
Cross Keys Records
MembersDouglas Richards
Jamie Richards
Chris Newnham
Chris Jones
Tom Farren

Plastic Mermaids are an English band from the Isle of Wight. Often described as synth-psych, and psych-pop.[1], the band embrace a variety of musical styles and frequently draw comparisons to Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Arcade Fire and Tame Impala. In April 2018 Plastic Mermaids signed to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label. Their debut album Suddenly Everyone Explodes is released through Sunday Best Recordings on May 24th, 2019.

History[edit]

Plastic Mermaids formed as a three-piece in 2012, and following a debut appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2013 were joined by Tom Farren (bass) and Chris Jones, formerly of The Shutes, on drums. The band released their debut EP Drømtorp on Cross Keys Records in 2014. Follow-up EP Inhale the Universe was released in 2015, and their third EP Everything is Yellow and Yellow is My Least Favourite Colour followed in 2016. Later in 2016 the band filmed a live re-recording of the Everything is Yellow... EP with string section and choir at St Catherine's Church in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

The band spent the bulk of 2016 and 2017 recording and mixing their debut album at a self-built studio in a converted barn on the Isle of Wight. The album was completed with mastering at Abbey Road studios in July 2018[2]. The synthesisers used on the album were largely self-built by Jamie Richards, who was reportedly asked to build a guitar effects pedal for Wayne Coyne after the Flaming Lips frontman watched their set at Bluedot Festival in 2018[3].

Plastic Mermaids (in large part, brothers Jamie and Douglas Richards) are responsible for all of their own artwork[4] and have self-produced videos for many of their songs, both singles and EP tracks, and in 2017 claimed that “the art is just as important as the music”[5].

The band are keen surfers and the theme of the sea is apparent in several of the bands songs and videos: “The sea’s always been a part of my life; you can’t escape it living on a pretty small island. Its influence on the music I write and what we create as a band is massive, though tricky to put a finger on... the only time I feel vaguely content is standing on the cliff looking back down at the ocean after a good surf.” Douglas Richards, 2014[6]

In April 2018 Plastic Mermaids signed to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label[7] , and released their first – digital release – single 1996 in October 2018. Their second release with Sunday Best was another digital single, Floating in a Vacuum, in January 2019, followed by a third “I Still Like Kelis” in April 2019.

The release of Plastic Mermaids’ debut album on Sunday Best – Suddenly Everyone Explodes – is scheduled for May 24th 2019.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Drømtorp EP (12" vinyl): 'Polaroids' / 'Drømtorp' / 'Echo Man' / 'Window Display' (Cross Keys Records, 2014)
  • Inhale the Universe (12" vinyl and digipack CD): 'Ocarina' / 'Playing in Your Mind' / 'Six Hours of Darkness' / 'Saturn' / 'For Nothing' / 'Fire Hands' (Cross Keys Records, 2015)
  • Everything is Yellow and Yellow is My Least Favourite Colour EP (12" vinyl and digipack CD): 'Paris Milkshake' / 'Alaska' / 'Painted Lady' / 'Beyond the Cosmos After Death' (Cross Keys Records, 2016)

Singles[edit]

From Suddenly Everyone Explodes
  • '1996' (digital release, October 2018)
  • 'Floating in a Vacuum' (digital release, January 2019)
  • ’I Still Like Kelis’ (digital release, April 2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plastic Mermaids". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Twitter post 2018-07-02". Plastic Mermaids Twitter. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Unique Plastic Mermaids Set to Play Brighton". Brighton & Hove News. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "The Unique Plastic Mermaids Set to Play Brighton". Brighton & Hove News. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Plastic Mermaids interview". Too Many Blogs. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Interview: Plastic Mermaids Talk Surfing". The Line of Best Fit. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Isle of Wight's Plastic Mermaids Sign to Rob da Bank's Sunday Best Records". Isle of Wight County Press. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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