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Plastic Toys

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“I’m thinking big. I want to play two hour sets in the world’s biggest stadiums, I want to take over where my heroes have left off, I want big life-size Plastic Toys dolls that you can fuck, so I can have sex with myself”

Meet Jon, self-confessed ‘control freak’, band dictator and one-time roadie for Status Quo, Human League and a very demanding David Essex. (We’ll say no more, but it involved several rolls of strong white gaffer tape).

Meet also Transformer-tattooed danger-freak guitarist Si, who “developed a taste for being electrocuted” during his time as a bowling machine mechanic: (“I’ve nearly killed myself three times, been crushed by machinery, fallen off stage, and split my head open.”) Say hi to mysterious ex-glam rocker and erstwhile Darkness support (don’t ask) Kitty on bass. Finally, let us introduce you to Agoraphobic Nosebleed obsessive, drum teacher, and dread-headed maniac Ben.

This is Plastic Toys, a Southampton phenomenon that perfect hard-hitting electro rock with stadium-bound choruses. And with such an unusual cast of players, it’s no wonder they exist far from the realm of the conventional. Take everything you know about normal bands, and these four subvert it: Gigs? Chaos reigns, from plummeting down dry ski slopes on dog shit bins with Sikth, to unplanned psychedelic jams at sunrise complete with politic rants from audience members that continue until the power’s turned off (as at the recent Rootsville festival in Birmingham).

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