June: We’ve been good, keeping busy working on our next album and organizing a couple of tours.
Dane: Very busy, been doing a lot of touring and recording. Surprisingly not hung over today, Trevor(our drummer) and I went to The Flamingo Bar in St. Pete last night where Jack Kerouac drank himself to death.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “At World’s End”?
June: That song came in a moment were things were hectic. It’s a reflection of what was going on in our minds at the time and we wanted to push back.
Augie: I think that as a band it’s one of those songs that we really tried to push a bit further than the usual formula. It felt completely natural to take it there but we all knew there was a different kind of influence guiding it.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
June: We were going through tough times, in my case I had just gone through back surgery which gave me a numerous amount of restrictions and directly affected my personal life. Things felt like they were always going backwards for me but the band kept pushing and lifted me up instead. They jammed so hard one day and I felt it and the song came to be.
Augie: I wouldn’t say so much as to an event but more like the ambition to continue growing as a band and experimenting with songs in ways we hadn’t done yet.
Dane: We were just trying new things, not prescribing to any formulas; the song was birthed through a lot of improvisation.
How was the film experience?
Augie: The film? Fantastic. We’re being nominated for a couple of Grammys for best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor. We tried pushing for best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor as well but we didn’t get the nomination this year. Also, shout out to The Nude Party.
Dane: I’m hoping that my bass playing may earn me a few Razzis this year… fingers crossed.
The single comes off your new album El Animal – what’s the story behind the title?
June: El animal was originally just a song on the album and while we were looking for a title it just seemed perfect, this was a transition for the band, a new animal, and we wanted to come back to the stage like a wild animal, fearless and dangerous.
How was the recording and writing process?
June: it was a long process. Dane, Augie and Trevor were the MVP’s for making this happen. I was mostly fucked up on antibiotics at the time and didn’t make sense for the most part. The songs were written in terms of lyrics but we still wanted to make sure everything sounded the best we could with what was available. They spent hours on everything scrapping whatever they didn’t feel was right and doing all of it again.
Dane: When it came to recording we really were open to anything and each song was recorded in a different way. Some songs were written around just a bass line or a guitar part. We improvised a lot and didn’t worry about fitting any style or genre, just what sounded good. Many songs came from jams. June was recovering through most of it, but he’d still come as much as possible and give us love. Me, Trevor, and Augie really synched up as a rhythm section and just west for it each time. Rod, our lead guitarist, also brought a very ferocious precision that we were not used to and it really added a whole new dimension to each song. A lot of sleepless nights but we barely sleep anyway so it all worked out.
What was it like to work with Gordon Raphael and how did that relationship develop?
Augie: Working with Gordon was a fantastic experience. We basically met through Facebook when I approached him with one of our songs in hopes that he would work with us and he was a sweetheart from the start. We haven’t met in person yet but leave it to the Internet to connect with people in this era, you know? Haha We basically just went back and forth with our material keeping communication until we felt that our songs were properly mixed and what not. There will definitely be more work with Gordon in the near future.
How much did he influence the album?
June: It was more of a mixing process, but it made the songs pop. We are truly happy to be able to have captured the sound and have the songs be what they are. “My Frenzy State” and “At World’s End” feel powerful.
Augie: I wouldn’t say he influenced the album in any way since he was just mixing some of our tracks but I do say he put some final touches that really made the songs whole.
Known for writing songs both on English and Spanish – based on what elements do you write a song whether on one language or another or is it a random process?
June: Most of the times it just comes naturally but there are certain songs that we can only imagine being done in Spanish. Augie and I are very proud to be From Puerto Rico and we love our language. It wouldn’t feel right if we were to do songs only in English. You do get different feelings across or a certain feel expressed differently when changing from one language to the other.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
June: Life, past experiences, superstitions, lust, depravity, excess, playing shows, emotions, the lack of emotions or melodies that just make you feel the words.
Dane: There is never any lack of depravity…
Any plans to hit the road?
June: May 20th Festival Marvin (Mexico City, MX) West Coast Tour for June East Coast Tour in September Europe Tour in December.
Dane: Always. We’ve been touring almost every month since November.
What else is happening next in Plastic Pinks’ world?
June: The release of an EP and later on our next album “Don’t Forget The Mischief” A lot more touring.
Dane: Touring till we die, then our spirits are going to tour the underworld.