Two years after releasing their debut EP, Plastic Picnic are pumped to be hitting the road for their first-ever bi-coastal tour. Since their debut at SXSW last year, fans have been obsessing over their hypnotic, indie-pop goodness that has since earned them a spot on soundtracks for shows like Shameless and Homeland. Inspired by their Pacific Northwest roots, the Brooklyn indie-quartet’s music explores the serene, but keeps listeners' interest piqued thanks to poignant beats and thoughtful lyricism.
Their stunning single “After You," was our first taste of the four-piece's newest EP, Vistalite, which was produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes) and hit the shelves on July 19. Along with the track came a stunning visual accompaniment, which features the band performing on the beach, atop dunes, and in the water (rest assured, no members were harmed in the making of this video). Click play below to check out the band—Emile Panerio (vocals), Lincoln Lute (guitar), Gordon Taylor (drums), and Marshall Hunt (bass)—in action.
This week, the “Bite” musicians embark on their fall tour, which kicks off tomorrow in Spokane, Washington with co-headliner Cataldo. To get in the zone, we caught up with drummer Gordon Taylor to find out what he'll be listening to on the road. Check out what he has to say for these songs, and make sure to track Plastic Picnic to see where they will be jamming near you!
"It’s the perfect balance of synths and guitar driven rock, and a huge inspiration for us. Also it’s just hands down one of the best driving songs. "
"We usually save this one for late night drives. There’s a wistfulness that fit so well with a highway lit by headlights. "
"Cool lyrics, inventive rock and roll and the chorus is great to sing along to. Plus it’s probably a good reminder to drive safe. "
"It’s a classic on-the-nose jam with killer guitar hooks and full-on cheesey synths that we don’t shy away from. This song shows you it’s possible."
"Huge vocal production inspiration. We also admire the mix of electronic and organic instruments."
"Do we even need to explain? Mitski’s just great and does all the weird things you wish you could."
"We honestly could’ve put any of their songs on, but it’s hard not to include something recent. The National are one of our biggest inspirations for just about everything."
"She’s the emo queen ruler of the world it’s just perfect."
"You know you love it. It’s such a great example of 80’s rock pop and simple songwriting. "
"This shits crazy."