PLASTIC MERMAIDS are heading out on an extensive tour of the UK, including a date at Middlesbrough’s intimate Westgarth Social Club. Their atmospheric, blissful charm will see them play the venue that catapulted the likes of Wolf Alice and Catfish and the Bottlemen to worldwide adoration.
Ahead of the shows, Loose Cardigan of Ideas caught up with guitarist Chris Newnham about what the Isle of Wight band are expecting from their upcoming dates.
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE PLAYING MIDDLESBROUGH?
“Really excited to back playing in Middlesbrough. Last time we were there we had a rad gig at the Westgarth Social Club as part of Twisterella; the town was buzzing, so yeah that was fun.
“Plus, it is always interesting going somewhere you’ve never been before. I don’t think any of us had been to Middlesbrough before that gig, so we got a bit touristy and went to the seaside. It was fun, so we were glad when the Westgarth show was announced.”
DO YOU KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE VENUE? E.G WHO ELSE HAS PLAYED THERE.
“I know it has a snooker table! Ha! Yeah quite a few bands that have done well have played there so it is nice to be doing shows in venues that have a history of good live music. The building certainly has a certain ‘Phoenix Nights’ charm about it which I like.”
CAN WE EXPECT ANY NEW MATERIAL ON THE SETLIST?
“Yeah we are going to be trying out some new things for sure, there are a couple of new songs that have popped into our set. It will be nice to give them an airing on this tour!”
YOUR TOUR IS QUITE HECTIC – WHERE ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING?
“To be honest they all have their individual appeal, but I guess if I had to pick one it’s the Isle of Wight show in Cowes. Quite funny as it’s literally on our doorsteps and not really a tour date travel-wise, but it is going to be fun! We don’t play on the island very much so it’ll be good to smash a full on gig on these shores.”
HOW WAS FESTIVAL SEASON FOR PLASTIC MERMAIDS?
“Yeah it has been a lot of fun! We have been very lucky and done a few really good ones this year. Sometimes I wish we had a teleport device so getting to said festivals didn’t involve the logistical nightmare of the Isle but can’t complain really it’s been fun. Looking forward to next year!”
IN PARTICULAR DEER SHED – WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE NORTHERN CROWD?
“Deer Shed was rad and probably the surprise of our festival dates, only because we were playing early afternoon and that can sometimes be hit or miss but it was super. It’s such a great festival with a really nice vibe and the crowd were into it which makes it even more fun!
“Also Deer Shed was where I had my favourite run of festival season, I’m quite sad and went for a morning run at most of our festivals (rock and roll) and Deer Shed was certainly set in a ruddy nice place. Hopefully we will play there again…”
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR AFTER THIS TOUR?
“Hibernation! Haha! Well, sort of. The plan is to actually embark on writing our debut album which is super exciting. We are all just looking forward to getting really creative finding some interesting sounds and making a hopefully rad record.”
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Tickets for Plastic Mermaids’ upcoming tour are available from See Tickets.