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Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Plasticine Heroes: Let It Go

Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Plasticine Heroes: Let It Go

Christchurch quartet Plasticine Heroes deliver a two-pronged guitar attack, backed by a muscular bass and drums partnership. ‘Let It Go’ opens with the doomy confection of So Still, a song of quiet menace and laconic chord progressions. Guitarists Gavin Loader and Richard Grist create a complimentary landscape for their vocals to inhabit. Bassist Darren Tatom (The Lucky Lost) and drummer Jack Cameron take a no-nonsense approach. Vocals are a standout feature, with Loader, Grist and Tatom all contributing different styles. Several sonic touchstones come to mind. Fits Like A Glove has a loping groove, driven from below by the bass in the style of Midnight Oil’s Peter Gifford. Magic is an urgent slice of pure Kiwi indie, in the vein of The Bats. Across the 12 tracks the band that keeps coming to mind (in sonic approach at least) is ‘Blow’ era Straitjacket Fits, especially in the interplay of guitars. Self-produced by Loader and Grist, the album clocks in around 55 minutes, with enough shade and light to keep you engaged all the way.