Interview: Paul Love of Plastic Barricades

We got the chance to sit down and talk to Paul Love (drummer and producer for Plastic Barricades) recently and got some awesome insight into the band, his influences, and their latest album ‘Self-Theories’. which you can listen to here, Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars and vocals and Paul Love on drums and production. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Plastic Barricades

Spencer Davis: “Who inspired you to become a musician?”

Paul Love: “Jake and Elwood Blues.”

SP: “How would you describe the music you create?”

PL: “Guitar music with no particular desire to sound like anyone else but it comes out as rocky and British because that’s just who we are.”

SP: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

PL: “Paul McCartney. Sue me, I’m Scouse.”

SP: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

PL: “Led Zeppelin I”

SP: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

PL: “Foo Fighters because then we’d get to party with them after.”

SP: “Favorite concert you’ve been to?”

PL: “Deerhoof, Dinosaur Jnr. and The Flaming Lips at Alexandra Palace. I went with my best mate after we’d been naughty and dabbled with some acid. I didn’t know he had a terrible phobia of balloons until they played “Race for the Prize” and hundreds of them dropped from the ceiling.”

SP: “What does your writing process look like?”

PL: “Dan locks himself in a shed until a song comes out and then we record it. Then I lock myself in my home studio and mix it.

SP: “What is your favorite song you’ve written?”

PL: “Right now I think it’s ‘Don’t Follow Me!’”

SP: “What’s coming up next for you?”

PL: “We were supposed to be on tour but instead I’m being a stay at home dad, Dan’s working on PR and we will start writing after New Year. Looking forward to that vaccine.”

“Self-Theories” IS OUT NOW, an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and reinventing ourselves for the sake of a brighter future.

Written and recorded in a backyard shed in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love in London and Paris and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. 

Three singles “One for the Road”, “Optimist” and “Tunnel” have truly DIY music videos. “Tunnel” was filmed using a digital microscope, “Optimist” had a cast of 300+ in a fish tank and “One for the Road” used vintage road trip footage from the 50-s. 

Artwork for the album and singles was created by Elina Pasok. “When your world is turning upside down – step outside, change your perspective and have a look from a distance.” 

10 album tracks are followed by 2 previously unheard demos, that conclude the LP on a vulnerable note. 

“Self-Theories” is a follow-up to the 2017 “Mechanics of Life” LP.


Tunnel – How would your anxieties look under a microscope? The video was made using a microscope with up to 1000 times magnification.

Optimist – “Labyrinths with open doors for an optimist”. Video featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water.

One for the Road – An ode to the freedom of exploration. Footage filmed in the late 1950s around the US by families with their brand new cutting edge handheld cameras.

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