Wednesday, May 27, 2015

VIDEO: Orlando rockers Adam and the Plastic on Off the Avenue

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Last year, local musicians Dom Sena and Chase Fisher decided to stop simply jamming and actually record the music they'd been noodling with over their time spent in school together. They mostly just wanted to hear it played back for themselves. But as is common when the pressure is off, the fun of the project prompted much more activity than that when they flung the recordings up online and ended up attracting keyboardist Dave Hanson (though at first he was on drums), bassist Brandon Sardi and eventually drummer Dylan Parkin. Thus in 2014, they became Adam and the Plastic and the curious vibes conjured on their release Foxholes (stream below) started resonating at local clubs.

Their music is unafraid of criticism in that unaffected and dauntless way that free spirits have of shrugging off life advice. Luckily for these sonic wanderers obsessed with atmosphere, the taste is there and influences span an adventurous canon including Panda Bear, Can, Beck and Led Zeppelin. They have tons of new music that you can hear if you see a local show - none of which is currently available online yet - and we wanted to see if we could finagle them into North Avenue Studios to lay down a couple songs. Check out "Destroyer" (above) and "Your Love" (below):

What are you loving most in music right now?
Sardi: We listen to a variety of genres such as jazz, rock and hip-hop. Some of our biggest influences are Pavement, Radiohead and Can. The one thing we truly love about music is being able to manipulate sounds to create an atmosphere. We view music in more of an abstract sense, which makes it a much more interesting experience for us as well as the audience. 

What album have you listened to more than any other album? What keeps you coming back? 
Parkin: Radiohead has a couple records that keep me coming back. Their use of textures and their ability to mix electronic rhythm with real rock drums seems like it has started a nice progression in rock music. Depending on my mood, there will always be a certain band or album I want to listen to.
Fisher: Can - Tago Mago.
Sena: Pavement - Brighten the Corners

click to enlarge Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios
  • Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios

What the fuck is wrong with the music industry? 
Sena: Artists, especially musicians, have been gradually devalued. In this day and age, money is the only thing that talks, and there’s always someone cashing out on your ideas. The music industry is run by people who really don’t even care about music or expression. They just care about the crowd it draws and how much money they can make from it.

What’s your favorite city to play in? 
Sena: So far it's been Gainesville. The people there are actually into it and enthusiastic. There’s really nothing worse than performing to a room full of iPhone screens.
Fisher: Yeah ... pretty much what he said. I’ve had the most fun out of town. It makes a good experience.

What’s your favorite Orlando venue to perform in?
Sardi: Out of the venues we've played over here, I’d have to say the Social by far. We’ve only played there once, but they had great sound, a roomy stage and a fridge full of beer!

What’s the first album you remember really treasuring? 
Fisher: Led Zeppelin III

Which band would you most want to tour with, past or present? 
Fisher: Us.

click to enlarge Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios
  • Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios

Who is the best band you’ve ever seen live? 
Sena: Panda Bear so far. His show put me in a crazy place.
Fisher: Depends on the drugs.

What do you think is important in a live performance? 
Fisher/Sena: To stimulate as many senses as we can - that sort of thing tends to bring people together. The best bands fill an atmosphere for everyone to experience together. A lot of it is also to actually believe in what you are doing and to keep having fun. We want to give people something they’ve never seen before in an authentic way.

click to enlarge Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios
  • Adam and the Plastic at North Avenue Studios

What’s the best story you’ve got about a piece of gear you play with?
Fisher: We had a show on WPRK and … welp, I forgot my power adapter.

What label do you think your music fits best on? 
Fisher: Good question. 

Which comes first: the lyrics or the music? 
Fisher: The chicken
Sena: The egg

What’s the best live music video you’ve seen?
Sena: Beck live in the basement is ridiculously good.

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