London has arguably the best music scene around, with thousands of talented musicians emerging every day, most of which are unsigned acts waiting for their big break.
Unsigned Friday brings you the very best unsigned music artists from around the capital, as well as giving these acts a platform to promote their music.
This week, getwestlondon 's Emily Chudy caught up with London-based alternative-indie band Plastic Barricades.
The group are a North-West London-based four piece, consisting of Dan Kert on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Jonas Svendsen on lead guitar, Daniele Borgato on bass and Frazer Webster on drums.
On the band's style and inspiration, Dan Kert, (vocals and guitars) said, in poetry form:
"Shimmering bass and ringing guitars
Meaningful lyrics healing your scars
Heart-breaking beat put on repeat
Mystical keyboards make us complete //
"Curious, happy, honest and sad
Future of mankind makes us gloomy and mad
Don't try to run, nowhere to hide
There is no escape from our little Plastic Tribe!"
The band formed three years ago, and have performed all around London, including the world-famous Hard Rock Café.
Kert said: "Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century with painstaking sincerity, asking questions and trying to find the answers.
"Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Keane, Razorlight, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach."
From trio to quartet...
Kert said: "I've met both Frazer and Dani at ICMP (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) in Kilburn , North-West London in 2013, we've been writing music together ever since.
"After years of relentless searching and auditions, in January 2016 we've finally transformed into a four-piece, with Jonas Svendsen joining Plastic Barricades on lead guitar."
Plastic Barricades have just released their latest single Around the Sun from their forthcoming LP Mechanics of Life. The single (video below) explores the ideas of second chances and is accompanied by a music video paying homage to the movies Groundhog Day and Sliding Doors.
Kert said: "Our debut LP Mechanics of Life is planned for release by the end of this year. This is going to be our documentary of the world we live in today, laced with specific hopes, dreams and fears. It will explore 'mechanics' of the modern day as well as tell personal stories of those 'mechanics of life' - the people of XXI century.
"You can get your first taste of the album with our singles Shine!, Masterminds, Needles in Haystacks and Around the Sun."
Kert said: "We will be playing across the country for the most part of this year, with extensive UK and EU touring planned for the summer and autumn. London is our home town, so it is easy to catch us live here.
"We would love to reach many more ears and hearts, spread our music and travel the world with it."
A reviewer for Jamsphere Magazine said: "The great thing about Plastic Barricades is that each of their songs is so intricately structured that it becomes a living thing, and its listening experience grows and matures as you do.
"Current fans will be more than pleased and newcomers will be able to easily sink into the lush sounds and vibrant melody of Needles in Haystacks."
May 20: Party in the City 2016, Bath International Music Festival
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