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The Plastics


The Plastics are a Psychedelic Indie Pop band from Cape Town, South Africa who began in 2008 as an evolution of the punk band, Hoax. It’s now its own thing completely. They released their first EP and music video in 2008 at Obz Cafe. The same year, on May 9, they had their first official show at Mercury Live. They opened for the band Bed on Bricks. It didn’t take too much ’till they released their second EP named “Kiss The Plastics” in 2009. Both EPs were distributed among Cape Town’s indie elites. Later on 2009, there was a blur of music video releases for the tracks “Dirty Dancing” and “Tiny Islands”.



In 2010 they enlisted the help of eccentric music producer Gordon Raphael to work on their debut album Shark. Raphael’s background includes famous bands such as The Strokes. The album Shark was recorded at Sound and Motion Studios in Cape Town and it was finally released on July 31, 2010 at Mayhem Launch at The Assembly. The singles “Caves” and “Jukebox” were released to radio stations around South Africa and enjoyed extensive campus and commercial radio airplay. The former reached No. 1 on the TUKSfm SA Top 10 and the latter snug at No. 1 for four weeks running Jon Savage’s Rock Chart on 5fm.



The Album Shark was chosen by both GQ and Cosmopolitan as one of the Top 20 Albums out of local and international releases. In 2011, the single “Those Three Words” was chosen as the soundtrack to one of Apple’s iPod commercials.



In 2012 the band opened for the band Two Door Cinema Club at an unusual location in Cape Town, this was an abandoned old cement factory in the middle of one of the city’s largest township, 3000 were bussed to the show. Later on that year they headed into Dreamsspace Studio to record their sophomore album titled “Pyramid”, which was produced by Shai Caleb Hirschon. During this time they released a music video for “Stereo Kids” and this one reached No. 1 on the MK Top 10 Music Video Chart.

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