Say, “thuhplas-tiks”. Now, “turn it on, turn it up and up”. Then, “Dance like you feel it, look through the haze and keep it laid”. Because that’s just what you do when you listen to this Indie Retro Rock band – The Plastics.
They describe their experiences, music and work ethic with words like “innovative”, “disco SOMETHING”, “guerrilla” and “Earl Grey”. If that’s not enough to tip you off this band is different, they wanted to create an island feel for their double music video launch at Mercury Live Lounge so they brought in bags of beach sand, they got friends dressed up in gorilla suits running down the street and for Rocking the Daisies they had guys dressed as robots gambol around on stage with them. Just cause they can.
You can bet your boots this band is changing the music scene with their smooth tunes. And how can they not when the band members are jammed full of talent and just plain bizarre? The merry band consists of – Arjuna Kohlstock, who likes pop music (lead guitar); Pascal Righini, who knows an amazing amount of trivia on the Simpsons and cricket (singer/guitar); Karl Rohloff, who is a classically trained vegetarian guitarist (bass) and Sasha Righini, who has a neat doodling style (drums).
Before the band came to be, it was part of a punk band dubbed Hoax. In 2008 they [The Plastics] broke away to form their own thing. In the same year they released their first EP ‘The Plastics’, quickly followed by a second, ‘Kiss The Plastics’, in 2009. The rest of 2009 was filled with a confusing mixture of more releases (music video launches for Tiny Island and Dirty Dancing), loads of gigs and a headline slot at Rocking the Daisies.
2010 marked the beginning of new things when The Plastics recruited the help of exceptional music producer, Gordon Raphael, who shared the same bizarreness as the band. Together they produced their debut album, ‘SHARK’, which was released in July 2010 to a sea of awaiting fans. The first single, Caves, climbed to the No. 1 spot on TUKSfm SA Top 10. The second single, Jukebox, claimed No. 1 on Jon Savage’s Rock Chart on 5FM for four weeks straight.
You can bet your boots this band is changing the music scene with their smooth tunes. And how can they not when the band members are jammed full of talent and just plain bizarre?
2011 cued the start of acclaimed awards: ‘Those Three Words’ was used in an Apple iPod commercial, SHARK was voted by Cosmopolitan and GQ Magazine as one of the Top 20 Albums out of both local and international releases, their first music video from SHARK was one of the top eleven chosen for the finals of the Los Angeles Music Video Festival and the second single, ‘Caroline’, made it to No. 4 on the MK Top 10 Music Video Chart.
May 2012 saw the release of their sophomore album namely PYRAMID. Once again the singles peaked at the top of the radio playlists nationwide and in October, the much awaited tour took place where Plastic fans joined in the celebration of the newly released album.
No surprise, with this awesome sound, The Plastics are moving up in the world. The award nominations keep rolling in just as much as the fan toll rises. This is definitely not your usual kind of Plastic – it’s not regurgitated by mainstream society and pumped into the sub cultures. No, it’s clear, vibrant and all too quirky.And I promise you, this not one of those Occasional Lies.