Plastic Animals are an Edinburgh-based band.  I use the present tense as I’m not sure if they are still on the go, but given that they haven’t ever been one for moving things quickly, then there’s every possibility they will record and release some music in the near or distant future.

Consisting of Mario Cruzado (guitar and vocals), Ben Slade (guitar), Jean Michel Morin (keyboards), Dave Wark (bass) and James Lynch (drums), they released an EP in each of 2011 and 2012 before signing up with Song, By Toad Records where they contributed two songs to a split 12″ EP in 2013 (four bands, eight tracks) before debut album Pictures From The Blackout was issued in 2016. While there has been no new material made commercially available since then, the band has played gigs in their home city in 2017 and 2018, but I can’t find anything more recent than that.

Which is something of a shame as Plastic Animals, in the live setting, were always great value and the material on Song, By Toad is quite decent, albeit without being ground-breaking. Most reviewers back in the day were content to describe the music as being flavoured with krautrock and shoegaze.

I thought I’d share one of the tracks from the album:-

mp3: Plastic Animals – Demmin

The early material is on their own bandcamp page while the album can be found at Song, By Toad.



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