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Q&A w/ PLTS

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

Living so close to the ocean, my short-term solution to this problem is Salt water. It fixes anything, no matter the problem. Hitting those long term, stagnant feels; I feel it’s best to put the tools down and walk away from the job for a while. Be this a day, a week or a month, try approaching the same task with a new perspective after some time away.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

Jimmy Eat World, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Blink 182, Pennywise, Tom Petty.

Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

Flying. Always get more work done/come up with the best ideas in the cabin of an aircraft. Altitude maybe?

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Kit, Boz and Blue all play Fender guitars + Fender Amps.
Harry endorses TAMA Drums and Meinl Cymbals.

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

First song as PLTS was ‘Coast to Coast’. Co-written with Brett from Dune Rats, who played drums on the track. It’s still up on all streaming platforms, but has definitely been put on the shelf in a live sense. The WSL used it for a recap vid one year and a third of Brazil’s population hit us up asking for more music.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

I would have to say ‘On and On’. This song represents nostalgia, fading youth and old friends. Nostalgia as a theme is what this band feeds off. It’s also a ripping song to play live and always manages to get people singing.

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes or do they change from song to song?

Song to Song. Kits lyrics have come a long way over the years, but he’s as honest as they come and wears his heart on his sleeve. I think it’s pretty evident throughout all our music.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

Jordan Rakei – The Corner Hotel. Hands down the tightest, most engaging performance I have witnessed in yonks. If the room were any bigger it wouldn’t have been the same.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?

We threw an outdoor block party a few years back. It was absolutely packed. All of our friends came. It absolutely poured with rain during the middle of our set. Everything got soaked. Everyone had a great time.

How would you describe ‘success‘ for your band?

Releasing music that we put our hearts into and getting to share it with those who enjoy it.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

1. ‘Minor Premiers’ from Brisbane. Find them. Follow them. Listen to their music.
2. ‘Aquila Young’. She’s a force to be reckoned with. Keep your eyes/ears out.
3. ‘Smacked Youth’ from Newcastle. For fans of Superheaven and Turnstile.

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