INTERVIEW: Plastic Handgun

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing well all things considered.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Dark Plaza In My Dreams”?

This is the lead single from my upcoming LP Gatekeepers, and the first Plastic Handgun song I’ve released in about 5 years. I’m excited to now be in a position where I can write and record more frequently.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I would say it’s an accumulation of events stemming from a sleep disorder, and the sense of unease/unreality that comes with that.

The single comes off your new album Gatekeepers – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve had that project title floating around in my head for years now, so it refers to a few things. But most relevant to me now would be the gatekeepers of the financial and political sort– the ruling class that always puts profit over people.

How was the recording and writing process?

This was one of the less time-consuming songs I’ve written/recorded. Once the rhythm parts were down, everything else flowed smoothly.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

I don’t think Toronto has had much of a conscious influence on my work. I’ve never felt very connected to the arts community here, or Canada in general.

How has Joy Division influenced your writing?

Post-punk and that era has definitely had a huge impact on me and probably shows up in the music even when I’m not thinking about it. Bands like Joy Division, Wire, etc., were great at being melancholy yet propulsive– that’s a sonic world I love to inhabit.

What aspect of lucid dreams did you get to explore on this record?

Dreams can have a really strong effect on my mood and day-to-day life, especially when it comes to recurring nightmares or motifs. The positive side is that you can sometimes get ideas/inspiration from them for free. Exploring that dream imagery is strongly tied to this record.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I’d say a lot of the inspiration came from trying to maintain hope when you feel like things– relationships, the world at large, yourself– are coming to an end.

What else is happening next in Plastic Handgun’s world?

I’m currently putting together two albums. One is more electronic/instrumental-based, and with the other I’m working in typically pop genres, which feels experimental to me.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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