Thursday, May 03, 2012
Artist Of The Month (May)- Plastic Smiles
Plastic Smiles is a pop/punk based band based in Chicago, Illinois. In a genre that has been watered down, Plastic Smiles is one of the rare exceptions that stand out. Now, that’s not to say that they haven’t followed the book in terms of the foundation of their music but it’s what they built on top that sets them apart from the rest.
Any way you look at this band, they are a solid group that flows together so well. Their lyrics are heartfelt and easy to relate to. This is a big reason for the success they have found so far. The vocals are reminiscent of several other artists, most notably, Hawthorne Heights. They are a perfect fit for this genre and vocals being as important as they are, this is a crucial part to this bands continued success. Instrumentals in the band are what you would expect from the genre, whiney, upbeat guitars coupled with similar upbeat bass and drums. This is not necessarily a bad thing as pop/punk is almost always based around this.
Released in late 2010, “Deadlines” is a solid debut EP for Plastic Smiles and is worth a listen or two. “The Great White Buffalo” is a solid opening track filled with relatable lyrics, excellent vocals and exceptional instrumentals. This is paired nicely with “HeartAttack”, the lyrics being about similar events. Both “Runaway” and “Rise & Shine” are my favourites on this EP
I was hooked from the first time I listened to Plastic Smiles. A solid debut EP and I can’t wait to see how they build off of it. I believe that this band will be around for a long time to come and I look forward to hearing more from them.
Connect with the band
Listen to “Deadlines”: http://plasticsmiles.bandcamp.com/album/deadlines
Read our interview with Plastic Smiles here: http://yourmusicnewsblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/interview-with-plastic-smiles.html