Some Nice Things People Have Said About Us!
There is a park in New York City built atop some of the ugliest railroad tracks that you’ve ever seen. From any nearby second story window you may have heard an equally unattractive train car racing past your window at any given hour on any given day. Beneath some of this cement grass grows; go there, it’s beautiful. While you’re there you’re going want to put on a pair of headphones and wander through the park bouncing to Plastiq Passion’s latest release To be a Blade of Grass in Cracked Cement. Track one “Girl” comes equipped with that catchy kind of pop-punk guitar riff, before the language scares you off let’s specify: its pop-punk but it doesn’t come with all of those stupid lyrics that pop-punk songs love so much. Keep the songs fun, not stupid, it’s a fine line to walk sure, but it’s done well here song to song and throughout the record. There are some pseudo-serious tracks about responsibility, growing up, and the like; look for “Tragic” and “I Said” but not enough to bum you out. More than anything, you can expect good guitar driven songs, nice melodies, words about stars, Hawaii and drag-queens – wrap it up with “Alright” a wordless feel good sing along for anyone that likes “ah’s.” (Which is everyone.) Think happy guitars like an older Rilo Kiley record, think happy tight bass and drum rhythms, think neat guitar accompaniment, think to yourself: “wow, it sounds like these girls are really into what they do.” It shows in every song, and then it’s written in the liner notes thanking “everyone in the whole wide world.” Plastiq Passion shows off that sort of weird hopeful sincere feeling that you’re hoping for when you visit ugly train tracks looking for parks. The songs are down to earth and have frequented all of those indie-rock clubs that made cynics of the pure songwriters and hipsters of the stupid songwriters, but these songs don’t piggyback on that pretentious scene. I like the feeling that I get from this album.
– Clint Sleeper, Contributing Editor of Sleeper Album Reviews
Plastiq Passion is an all-girl, new wave/rock band made up of members from the NYC/NJ areas. These girls aren’t just “eye candy;” they kick ass with their music. I Can’t Wait is a six-song EP that’s overflowing with eighteen minutes of music filled with driving guitar parts and thud-sounding drum work. You’ll also find some really strong bass work, taking over control of the tempos driving the songs. The song’s topics deal mostly with relationship issues, in a down-and-dirty way. The band has played at NYC/NJ hot spots like CBGB’s, The Whiskey Bar, and The Monkey Inn, sharpening their musical teeth. If the band can continue to produce music like I found on I Can’t Wait, they’ll have a bright musical future ahead of them. This is an up and coming band that you should keep your eyes on.
– Senior Staff Writer C.W. Ross, Indie Music Stop.
Plastiq Passion – “I Can’t Wait” EP – This kind of sounds like the Police (long before Sting started writing shitty music and and bragging about tantrically-fucking his wife) tantrically-fucking P.J. Harvey. Or maybe the emotional aftermath of Sting tantrically-fucking P.J. Harvey somehow captured on audio tape? I don’t know. There is definitely something cool going on here. A very controlled, but intense, vibe running through this whole EP. Never speeding up for speed’s sake, yet never really throttling down. The whole effort is mesmerizing. I dig it, but find myself a little creeped out by the final lyric of the EP: “And I will look through all your stuff/ Just because iiiiiit’s fun”. Maybe, this one needs a few more listens. Or maybe not. Ah, the wonders of music.
– BeerCan Records
Six songs, full of Plastiq and Passion; the first track starts out with a wonderful little melody that brings memories of Fires in Cairo to the forefront, but the vocals, while still touching on that dark 1979 vibe, are definitely not Mr. Smith’s. They’re kind of more like a sexy smoky Chrissie Hynde with a shot of PJ Harvey. This here’s a four-girl band from New York, and the goth waving punk-stained songs are tied seductively to bands such as The Banshees, Joy Division, and Magazine—perhaps even a little Sex Gang Children. The Cure-ish bass lines definitely hit hard, but when mixed with the rest, this band manages to keep the punkiness sharp even when the mood is demanding a dark slow sway.
– Jack Rabid/Big Takeover Magazine