Introduce us to your band!
We are PLASTIC AGE, a Pop-Punk trio band from Nevers, France. We pulled out 150 live shows all over in France (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux…) since the beginning of the band in 2012.
Our music is a mixture of pop melodies and early-punk energy with a special importance of vocals. Concerts are our first nature while studio work is also our main interest.
How did you guys start out?
We have met in high-school. Apolline wanted to create a girls-band when she came to know Gaëlle from a drum school in Nevers. Then, Nicolas answered to the ad mentioning « FEMALE guitarist wanted », anyway we decided to keep him! We were 15 years old back then, and we are still working together ever since.
Describe your band’s sound.
Our sound is quite organic and raw… at least on stage. We love that snappy bass guitar sound, the slicy guitars and our vocals to be put upfront because they are an important part of our band’s sound. At this moment we are working on our second album, so it’s evolving a bit.
What influences your craft?
Actually, we have different and numerous music tastes. But regarding our band, we come together when we say we are fans of Pixies, The Hives, The Jam, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and so on. Then, there are so many bands out there, and we won’t be able to call them all off, but they go from Punk to Pop and of course not forgetting about Grunge and Cold Wave genres.
What makes your project different?
We are one of the few French bands to mix up together such influences and to not be afraid in claiming out the « Pop » and also taking upon ourselves the fact that our vocals are upfront by keeping up an aggressive rock attitude in our songs.
In France, Pop and Rock (and moreover Punk) are always seen as antonyms because of the traditional dominating culture of “La Chanson française”. Pop is often classified as « variety » and Rock is considered as the exact opposite. What constitutes our uniqueness is with no doubt our way to put in a row “a cappella” moments followed by Punk ones.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
We don’t really have a quintessential track. When we work our songs, our albums, we keep ourselves focused on the whole bigger picture making everything come together in cohesion.
But if we were to choose one, it would be « Black Mirror ». Everything is in it, energy, catchy chorus and vocal works. It’s the first track of our first album because it teases perfectly what is up next on the album.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Not to be looked upon as « rock babies » and be acknowledged by the professional world and by the public as a band with a very solid project.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Playing in Paris under good circumstances is very hard for a young band and seemed impossible when we started. But in 2018 we got one Yes, then two, then the Bus Palladium opened its gates for us and now we’re counting seven live shows in Paris in one year, the last one being at Supersonic, last week, a beautiful venue, opening for Tacocat.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Our audience is quite modest in number, but it is continuously growing, and we are being proposed to play more often in great venues or festivals. We are receiving more support than ever from editors, labels, touring managers and it’s sure that our next album will not be self-produced like the previous one.
We have a lot of projects like playing abroad (as our first tour in England) and the issue of our new album and we would like to reach a professional level in order to do nothing but this: travel, play, meet people… this is our goal!
During these few last months, a technical team is taking shape and that’s a big help for us.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Like one of those few bands that succeeded in exporting French rock!
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