Experimental Sydney-based duo Plastic Face have released their brooding, delightfully bizarre new single HiiViSiON, an intriguing exploration into a very strange state of mind. The mysterious duo have also released a stunning clip to accompany the track, written and directed by Sean Donovan.
HiiViSiON makes an immediate impact with the curious opening lyric ‘Have you ever seen a rat trying to fly?’ Evocative of 90s house music, but with hints of modern Australian influences such as Tame Impala and Flume, Plastic Face are carving out a very special, unique niche for themselves. Should the listener dance, or listen contemplatively, or do both at the same time? It’s up to the individual, as Plastic Face explain to Hi Fi Way in our interview.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single HiiViSiON?
It’s been exciting and quite frankly a bit nerve wracking. It’s a bit like sending your children off to school for the first time, driving them there, walking them to the gate, standing outside the front gate, watching them walk down the paved path into the main hall, hearing the assembly bell and waving them goodbye with a smile on your face. Though really, behind your parental silver infinity mask you’re weeping and wishing them a safe voyage into the great unknown.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
It’s always different and always quite interesting, challenging isn’t exactly the way to describe it. Depending on whether or not we are both living in the same city or the same country, whether we are in the same room together or on different ends of the globe it doesn’t necessarily matter. We’ve become used to the process of writing a million miles away from each other and also that vibe of having wines in someone’s backyard playing guitar on a sunny afternoon writing tunes, both are quite different but in the end achieve the same result. We are constantly sending each other small snippets of music, vocal ideas, sounds or samples, films, scores, conspiracy videos, books, online sites, art, anything really that makes us excited and inspires us to write something. We quite like always reinventing the way we write , new ideas are constant and it certainly unlocks something that maybe we couldn’t achieve if we were to write in a conventional setting every time .
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Recording this first record we really wanted to try our hand at everything and anything we could, nothing was off limits in the writing process. Just like two curiously entangled sonic wizards casting melodic spells and making beat potions. We’re both massive music fans and appreciate all styles and genres, there’s nothing we don’t listen too! The weirder and more unique the better, striving to invent something brand spankin’ new is what gets our rocks off. Sonically we just want to sound like us, we want whoever uncovers Plastic Face to listen and hear all the styles and influences that have seeped into our veins over the years and for that to start painting a vibrational portrait of wonders that demonstrate who we are and what we are all about.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
We both have such a broad and eclectic taste in music. Okay how about this, we will take you on a little seven day music safari of what we would perhaps be listening to….
Monday, feeling slightly eastern a little bit of
Tuesday, bring it down a notch with a dabble of –
and a little Chopin
Wednesday, 30-50’s –
Thursday, maybe we are feeling a little nostalgic and need our faces melted off so we will chuck on a bit of –
Friday, getting ready to go out to cause trouble for the weekend so let’s throw on something newer –
Saturday morning lying in the sun forgetting our sins from the night before need some chill time –
Sunday, get it all back together and try and ready for the next week let’s throw on some desert –
Best piece of advice you have been given?
We are not super sure about one particular piece of advice we have been given as such. We seek out those kinds of important things from people along the lines of Terrance McKenna and Alan Watts. They both give fantastic advice on we human beings as a species, what we are doing here on this earth at this particular point in time ( if you do subscribe to time existing) and what we all should be doing with our short time here. They both have an abundance of incredible advice…. But let’s not get too heavy here…. So does the great and powerful Ricky Martin, let’s take some advice from the 1999 smash hit livin la vida loca –
“Upside, inside out she’s livin la vida loca
She’ll push and pull you down, livin la vida loca
Her lips are devil red and her skin’s the color mocha
She will wear you out livin la vida loca Come On!
Livin la vida loca, Come on!
She’s livin la vida loca.”
How did the band get together?
We have been Comrades now for around fifteen years. We’d have to say, in that time we’ve played in a bunch of different bands all with different genres, played a ton of shows here at home in Australia and also over in the UK, Europe and The States. We have written about five thousand songs and have ingested copious amounts of good times ! So it’s safe to say we started our music venture together way back then. Plastic Face is our new baby that we have been boiling up for quite some time now. Not that we boil up babies, it’s a metaphor.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yes 100%, we have a live show coming 2021 and will be touring our album nationally which we are set to release early 2021, fingers crossed we will be touring internationally if the apocalypse finally ends and with all things going to plan.
What’s next for Plastic Face?
We are currently organising our second video single BACK2TOKYO . We are shooting this second clip with our pal Sean Clancy Donovan who also shot and directed our first video HiiViSiON. BACK2TOKYO is shaping up to be quite a unique clip and we are going to be releasing it early 2021 with our debut record. We are also working on our second record but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.
Interview By Rob Lyon