‘The Edge’ is the third single to be released by Manchester-based alternative rock band Plato.
Recorded at Eve Studios in Stockport, where the likes of Everything Everything and Blossoms have recorded, ‘The Edge’ is a diverse and emphatic sounding track which, while exhibiting a more traditional structure than their previous release ‘Why You’re Tired’, definitely takes things to the next level for the four-piece in terms of its general quality and finesse. The track was released on December 13th with the accompaniment of the band’s first music video following on Boxing Day.
Headline shows at Aatma (December 10th) in Manchester and The Forum (December 23rd) in their original hometown of Tunbridge Wells were a great success in promoting the release of the single, and for those whose attention is caught by the recent release of the music video, the band will be playing at Night People in Manchester on January 14th.
Speaking about the single Robbie said: “We’re level-headed enough to know that there is still much, much ground to cover to reach the heights we intend on reaching, but at this moment in time, The Edge is our best and most genuine expression of what we are and what we hope to become. Contained within it is a lucid expression of the understanding we’ve gained so far, our astronomical ambition, and our interminable and unshakable faith in ourselves to execute the plan we’ve set out for ourselves.”
Lyrically, the song contains within it an outline of some of the most important values they hold collectively, as well as a depiction of some of the seminal experiences they have shared. And while Plato are reluctant to be explicit about the exact nature of these values and experiences, they make it clear that they are not really intended to be something consciously taken on board by the listener, but instead something infused into the song to give it an underlying feeling of authenticity.
The music video accompanying the single was shot in a church in Welwyn Garden City with London-based filmmaker and photographer Milly McAlister.
Speaking about the video, Callum said: “We wanted to try and make something that veered even just slightly off the well-worn track of straight-up performance music videos. We thought of the idea of performing to an audience of just ourselves, which seemed quite fitting really. As a small unsigned band, it can sometimes feel like we’re the only ones paying attention to what we do and the music we make, and it would be beautifully ironic if this song changed that for us. It was our first time properly creating something visual to stand alongside our music though too, and it was a great experience, despite the noise complaints and our dreadful acting.”