“[‘Diamond Wings’ is] a great Americana-styled song reminiscent of Bob Dylan paired with the modern sheen of accomplished songwriters like Brian Fallon and Brandon Flowers”
“Mixing in some high polish guitar work with a Tom Petty-esque approach to songwriting, Santa Barbara’s Plastic Harpoons are an Americana band with a touch of indie-rock and a shot each of classic rock and power-pop sensibilities.”
– Americana UK
Today, Santa Barbara indie-rock outfit Plastic Harpoons announce their forthcoming LP, Modern World, out October 21 via Lolipop Records. To kick off the release, they’ve shared the record’s first single, “Diamond Wings,” alongside an accompanying music video.
On their new track, vocalist Taylor Casey wrote:
“‘Diamond Wings’ is a story about a modern day Icarus – a man obsessed with climbing higher, disillusioned by the life that he leads. He separates himself from the masses, via drugs, material possessions, and shows of wealth. Eventually, he loses perspective, ignoring the advice of his own father along the way, leading to dire consequences. I think unintentionally the song is also a metaphor for my thoughts on the current state of modern man. The song, originally just played on acoustic is filled out with snappy slide guitar, jangling piano, a grounding and pocketed baseline, and no-nonsense drums, paired with a rambling Dylan-esque vocal.”
Speaking on the track’s accompanying video, Casey continued:
“Leaning on the sounds of the song for inspiration for the video, specifically the slide guitar, we decided to shoot the video at a ‘Dude Ranch’ in exchange for a private show at the ranch. The video follows Taylor, lead vocals & guitar, as he wakes from a drunken stupor and has to find the rest of the band who have fallen asleep in just about all the strangest places one could fall asleep in then culminates in a live performance in front of the dilapidated barn. Shot and Directed by Garret Stotko.”
Plastic Harpoons Bio: Plastic Harpoons are a band from Santa Barbara, CA whose unique styling of Indie Rock incorporates elements of Classic Rock, Americana, and Pop. The 4-piece band was started when lead vocalist and songwriter, Taylor Casey, moved back home to Santa Barbara after 3 years bouncing around Austin and NYC. He met up with lead guitarist Daniel Vasquez and the group was rounded out in 2019 with the addition of Sean Renken (Bass) and Bijan Firouzan (Drums). The laid back So-Cal Indie Rock band has a variety of influences, including Dr. Dog, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Houndmouth.
After laying down the tracks for their debut album at Savannah Studios (LA), they were approached by Lolipop Records for a deal. The band plans to release their debut album, Modern World, on Lolipop Records in October, with monthly singles leading up to the release date. A tour is in the works for late 2022. Sometimes, a band jumps out of the speakers and you’re immediately captivated.
Said Bear Erickson, who mixed and mastered the band’s forthcoming album:
“In times when people think the world is ending, Plastic Harpoons demonstrate that the story is just getting interesting. With vocals front and center that have something clear to say, this band brings me back to the feeling I experienced from 60s and 70s rock bands. A genuine, honest, and artful take on life and all we go through.
Blending the dual guitar, keys, bass and drum kit sound of American Rock & Roll, Plastic Harpoons doesn’t just hint at places we’ve been but transports me straight back to when music sounded like humans in a room together, jamming riffs that they all enjoy.
Somewhere between the no-frills, don’t bore us get to the chorus sound of Tom Petty, the thoughtful arrangements and wild solos of queen, Plastic Harpoons have made one thing clear to me.
My favorite thing about bands is following their journey as they grow and explore their art, and this first release from plastic harpoons has me hooked.”