Hartlepool quartet PLAZA release cathartic and atmospheric EP ‘wernotplaza II’ via CLUE Records.
Hartlepool quartet PLAZA release their new EP ‘wernotplaza’ via CLUE Records (YOWL, Crushed Beaks, Van Houten), pulling together an evolved version of their trademark, icy, visceral self-coined post-indie sound. In keeping with a growing tendency towards music free of narrow genre constraints, influences across the 4-tracks range from Foals, DIIV or Wolf Alice to the experimental RnB of Frank Ocean.
The EP is the most open PLAZA have been to date. It’s easy for bands to write obliquely, wavering around heavy points reticent to tackle them head on – which is more than understandable, as so much artistic inspiration comes from a deeply personal well. This time around however they refuse to compromise in expressing their truth.
Whilst this sounds disconsolate in sentiment, in listening to the tracks you can hear the release and catharsis it offers, generating an emotive layer to the unique sound the band have carefully cultivated over the last few years. Spiky guitars and a sprinkling of electronics, driven forward by a skittish beat, provide the layer for BradLennard’s confessionary vocals.
An apt example of this being the hopeful themes behind EP closer ‘WHO’S WANTING ME’, as Brad says:
“When you feel like there’s nothing else in the world that matters, you have got to remember that you matter to someone.”
The quartet have built up a cult live following across the UK, also drawing attention from Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1, alongside John Kennedy at RadioX – with the likes of DIY, DORK, The Line of Best Fit, Clash and Wonderland singing their praises too.
Where they really shine though is on stage, chaotic headline shows across the country, as well as tour slots with JAWS, Gengahr and The Night Café, cementing their reputation as one of the most exciting upcoming bands in the UK.
To bring the record to life they worked with rising producer Alex Greaves at The Nave studio in Leeds, who is also responsible for buzzy tunes from Working Men’s Club, Bdrmm and Heavy Lungs having previously worked with Bo Ningen and Bloc Party.
PLAZA are Brad Lennard (Guitar/Vocals), Matty Swinbourne (Drums), Matty Nicholson (Guitar) and Will Hamilton (Bass).
The new EP ‘Wernotplaza II’ is out via CLUE Records today, November 29th.