Sometimes a producer or a DJ can end up messing and damaging an already exciting track, but there are cases where the remix helps to elevate the quality and level of awesomeness for a particular – Warren Riker is doing exactly the latter as pays his own rendition to PLS PLS single “Next!” adding greater layers that kick you out of your seat and get you dancing along, as if there were no tomorrow.
After 10 years, 6 albums, and over 1,000 shows with his former band, Dropsonic, Dan Dixon decided it was time to re-invent the wheel he’d spinning for so long. Though Dropsonic had done too many tours to count and had toured with or opened for bands ranging from The Strokes, Garbage, Archers of Loaf, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Secret Machines, Shiner, GvsB, and whole host of others, it was all feeling decidedly… uninspiring.
Dixon started writing songs for a new project that would become PLS PLS. The first 5 songs appeared as EP EP (released via 24 Hour Service Station), described as Joy Division meets Radiohead by Atlanta’s Stomp n’ Stammer, contained a reimagined cover of a song called “Cocaine” with Elijah Jones from The Constellations. The uncensored version of the music video (directed by Video Rahim) reached over a million views on Youtube before it was removed. In addition, several songs from EP EP including “60’s Love Song”, “Here Come the Wolves”, and “River Song” appeared in the Magnolia-released horror film V/H/S.
The band started playing shows and recorded a full length, which was released by Los Angeles based label, El Camino Media (Veruca Salt, Self, Battle Me). By this point PLS PLS had been building their local Atlanta following and doing occasional regional tour dates, opening forthelikes of Har Mar Superstar, Albert Hammond Jr., The Life and Times, AWOL Nation, Kongos, Snowden, Gardens and Villa, Porcelain Raft, and others.
Which brings us to JET BLACK. An album that took a little too long to make, but is worth the wait. Keeping with the PLS PLS aesthetic of making ’80s inspired droning synth pop while only using live instruments, everyone contributed parts and ideas giving the record more depth and influences. Things like the “Jungle Boogie” meets Super Nintendo’s Excite Bike outro of ‘We Don’t Scare’ or the LCD Soundsystem-esque ‘Broke’, or the Phil Collins’ drums of ‘Let You Down’ wouldn’t have happened on previous releases. Though JET BLACK is self-produced, Dixon honed his production skills over the last few years working on wide variety of records for CRX (Nick Valensi from theStrokes), Zac Brown Band, and Atlanta alumni Biters, and Whores.