A Plastic Rose Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

a plastic roseWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Ian McHugh of alt-rockers A Plastic Rose to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom is one of England, nay, the British Isle’s finest venues. In terms of the work they do for up and coming acts and bringing higher profile acts to Guildford it’s a real cultural powerhouse, beloved by bands and punters alike. We are humbled and blessed to have played there a bunch of times on UK tours.

How did you feel when you heard about the Boileroom’s current problems?

We find it absolutely gutting. This is the latest in a string of top class English venues to have similar Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Artists & Industry Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

boileroom bannerSometimes the old ways are the best.

Over the past fifteen years, the music world has been revolutionised by digital technology. There have been many positive developments facilitated by the Internet, from social media sites to digital music stores and crowdfunding platforms. Smart and savvy musicians now have access to a wealth of tools that previous generations could only dream of – but the physical world still holds the key to a thriving, successful career.

The ease with which a band can break through barriers previously manned by a handful of power-hungry gatekeepers represents the bright side of digital music – but there is also a widely recognised and heavily debated Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

A Plastic Rose – ‘Autumn Eases You Into The Dark’ [Review]

a plastic roseHeart, hair, swagger, and balls. Autumn Eases You Into The Dark has all these things in abundance.

Especially the balls. Read more…

Posted on 02 June 2014

A Plastic Rose / In Dynamics / The Cottonettes [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 1/6/14]

a plasticrose boileroomThe Cottonettes

After a long, very tiring day, I needed a proper full-on rock pick-me-up with a little bit of complexity. The Cottonettes delivered on that first count with a ton of punk rock energy. A little too straight ahead for my liking, but you have to admire their passion; not to mention a knack for some really solid punk songwriting. If punk is your thing, The Cottonettes will tick all your boxes, and you must click their social media link ( provided in the list below) immediately.

In Dynamics

These guys really did it for me. As a longtime Biffy Clyro fan, it’s really heartwarming to hear their influence coming through via the music of a new generation of musicians. The world needs more music that lies a little to the left of centre, and Biffy and their devotees deliver precisely that.

When a band’s first notes gently lull you into a false sense of security before brutally punching you full on in the ear-guts, you know a stellar set is going to follow. If I’m being totally honest, when In Dynamics really got going my inner Cynical Critic Copycat Alarm was triggered for a song or two, but it wasn’t long before the sheet weight of their sound, passion, and confidence – not to mention their tunes – won me over.

It’s official – I am now a fan of In Dynamics. Nicely done, guys!

A Plastic Rose

This set was great fun to witness. A Plastic Rose really know how to relax in front of a crowd and work around the silliest technical difficulties (too-high mic stands, for instance) without getting flustered. A Plastic Rose just seem at home onstage – the mark of a well-experienced band who are going to be doing very big things in the future.

Musically, there’s plenty of grungy riffage with hints of Feeder, Biffy Clyro, and the kind of pissed-off punk energy that harkens back to the roots of modern rock as we presently know it. A Plastic Rose know their history, taking influence from a range of eras – but there’s something about the way they mix it all together that marks them out as something just different enough to really pique our interest.

Although I’d heard of A Plastic Rose prior to this show, I’d never heard them on record. This set was more than enough to make me kick myself for my complacence and rectify that sacrilege ASAP. All the self-kicking meant I had to hop home, but hey – learning from your mistakes is the best kind of learning.

Read more…

Posted on 02 June 2014

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