I have had loads of favourite bands over the years. I’m actually off to see one of the first of my favourite bands tonight, who I first fell for back in 1984 and if I ‘m not in my cups by the end I may even post a review on here.
My current new favourite band are called Plastic Mermaids and they come from the Isle of Wight. They sound like a nice cross between the Beta Band’s 3 EPs and Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin, which is pretty good to my ears. I guess if you make something that sounds like 1998, then I’m probably gonna love it!
Like the bands I loved 30 years ago I want everything I can get on them. Back when I was a teenager this was pretty difficult, if not impossible. I would have to not eat for a week and save up my school dinner money so that I could afford the £4 for a 12″ EP when I nipped into the record shop on Saturday. Even then I could probably only afford one record a week and if a band had a more extensive catalogue than the odd EP then I was unlikely to get everything, especially if that first single was already deleted or what have you. Thankfully now I have the wonders of the 21st century I can find out what a band has released, listen to it and have it brought within an hour if I like. Simples. That said, I sort of missed the boat on the first two Plastic Mermaids EPs, long since deleted, but apparently there’s an album due in the new year and a new song has appeared online. When I heard this yesterday I had that same excitement that I had when I was 14, and I can’t wait for the album. The video is pretty cool too.