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We proudly present our new video for All You Know And Love WIll Die, filmed by the wonderful Colm Laverty (email@example.com)
Give it an aul’ share on the aul’ facebook or the tweetybird would ye?
The single is available NOW on itunes and amazon and at http://aplasticrose.co.uk
All the love in the world,
We’ll be residents of England for these shows
London, Camden Barfly May 15th Honningbarna
Guildford June 21st with Follow Wyliss
Dear friends, fans and loved ones,
APR was born and bred in Belfast over 7 years ago and we’ll always be a Belfast band but the time has come to spread our wings and start again on foreign soil (wink). We have built an incredible team of people working for us who feel it would be more beneficial for us if we lived in England and we realise that these opportunities don’t come to every band so we’re gonna give it a go. We’ll be leaving in May.
We want up thank everyone in Belfast who has supported the band over the years (WAY too many to list) and every band we’ve ever played with or seen play live. We love this city so much and you’ve given us lifelong memories.
We have one last Belfast headliner as residents before we leave in SU Radar Apr 25th come wish us luck.
Happy to announce a hometown Belfast show in our favourite club Radar in Queens Students Union Apr 25th. We go to this venue every Thurs to watch amazing bands and drink cheap booze. It’s amazing.
20th Roisin Dubh, Galway supporting Turn
21st McGarrigles Sligo
30th Spirit Store, Dundalk supporting Turn
31th Auntie Annie’s Belfast
We’re delighted to say that the wonderful Dan Hegarty has chosen Camera.Shutter.Life as his current album of the week and he’ll be playing a different track each night. Tune in to 2FM every night from 10pm.
We’ll be making a special announcement from the stage at this Thurs Limelight2 gig and we want you guys to help us get the word all over facebook and twitter. What better way than to tempt you with free shizz? SO if you’re coming to this Thurs show have your phones at the ready to take part in our LIVE competition which could see you walk home with the prize in your hand…… intriguing eh? Let me explain…
Simply, whenever we make the announcement (hint:It’ll be just before our last song), you announce it to the world on your FB or twitter pages and don’t forget to tag us. You’ll have until the end of the show, around FIVE MINUTES, to take part. It’s NOT first come first serve as winners will be picked at random as soon as we finish and we’ll notify the winner very soon after so we can meet you at the merch desk and give you your prize along with a big kiss and a hug. There will be 2 prizes, 1 for our FB winner and 1 for our tweeter and they’re awesome so it’s worth entering
Best of luck
Oh also if ya wana write APRmy on your arm with a sharpie at the gig that’s cool with us;)
There’s a lot Please spread the word if you’re from any of these towns and ya never know we could sell out. YEO!
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A Plastic Rose have been teasing us for a few years now, with a clutch of excellent EPs, numerous hooligan live outings and a rather spiffing mini-album more than whetting our appetites for a proper full-length release. Rather than rushing out an album, though, the four-piece have wisely bided their time, building momentum and amassing a treasure trove of material which has now condensed into this 11-track debut. And what a record it is.
Camera.Shutter.Life. bursts into life with an incongruous splash of strings, wrong-footing the listener just long enough for the tumultuous drums and squalling guitars of ‘Build From The Ground Up’ to kick in. It’s a clever and dramatic opening, marrying punk snarl with classical pomp like prime Biffy Clyro, the quartet’s trademark full-tilt vocals gelling perfectly with the music’s focussed aggression before swooping into a killer group chorus. You barely have time to draw breath before turbo-charged early classic ‘All You Know And Love Will Die’ makes a thoroughly welcome appearance. It’s a fantastic track, with urgent verses carried along on surging second-wave emo guitar lines and breathless vocals, giving way to a dynamic, melodic refrain.
Indeed, there are several familiar tunes here, the band justifiably cherry-picking the strongest cuts from their back catalogue, such as the addictive previous single ‘Kids Don’t Behave Like This’ and the glorious, difficult-to-categorise ‘Skin’, replete with the legend “Why stay sober?” Why indeed? Most pleasingly, the album closes with the epic (if that term hasn’t become too devalued) ‘Sun’s A Shadow’, originally released on the excellent Photographs In Black And White EP. It’s a majestic slow-burner which brings to mind Appleseed Cast circa Mare Vitalis, gradually swelling from gently-picked guitar lines and woozy ambience into a triumphant, overwhelming crescendo.
The newer songs are top drawer too. ‘Foreign Soil’ is possibly their most extreme track to date, its heavy subject matter well suited to the background screams and pummelling instrumentation; single ‘Boy Racer’ surfs a lolloping bass line, high hats and guitar squeals to tremendous effect while ‘Fading Pictures’ gives an unexpected injection of Celtic folk sway. Dotted in amongst the more angst-filled numbers, ‘…And The Sea’, ‘Indian Sheets’ and ‘When The Morning Comes’ showcase the group’s mastery of dynamics, being stirring ballads which pull and coax their central melodic themes in myriad directions.
In what’s turning out to be a good year for Irish alternative rock releases, and indeed the alt-rock underground in general, A Plastic Rose have made a record with potential mass appeal that stands comparison with the efforts of any of their peers. A late contender for album of the year. Lee Gorman