EP Review: ‘Broken Town’ by Plastic Glass
Formed in March 2018, indie rock four-piece Plastic Glass from Sunderland have just released their debut EP ‘Broken Town’, featuring a collection of catchy and guitar-driven indie rock tunes.
Influenced by their favourite bands Catfish and the Bottlemen, Oasis, and The Charlatans, the EP clearly follows a tradition of melodic indie/ Brit rock while also paying homage to their mackem hometown.
‘Til the end’ opens the EP with a laid-back rhythmic guitar riff and airy vocals, singing about the difficulty of defining a relationship status. The summery and mild vibes of this track are a perfect opener to the EP, before it takes on a somewhat more sorrowful tone.
Starting with a melodic guitar riff, the title track ‘Broken Town’ is as accessible as the previous song. Accompanied by a recurring rhythmic guitar riff, the catchy chorus is likely to stick in your head for some time.
However the lyrics are more sorrowful, telling the sad story of a “broken town” in which kids have holes in their shoes and abuse alcohol because “they have nowhere to go, nowhere to run to”.
The result is truly goose-bump-inducing; especially when singer Lewis Conlin adds: “There’s no one to love” and “the poverty is real”.
“This broken town will only bring you down”
We can only guess if this is a homage to the lads’ hometown Sunderland but, being a mix of fairly gloomy lyrics and rhythmic guitar riffs, this title track is definitely the most compelling and the most thought-provoking addition to the EP.
Opened by a fast and grungy guitar riff and spiced up by an impressive guitar solo, the third song of the EP ‘What That Means’ contains all the ingredients that a successful rock song needs.
Being faster and louder than the previous tracks, it is impossible to sit still while listening to it – especially if you’re a fan of groovy and loud indie guitars.
The fourth track ‘The Game’ sounds more gentle and melodic, resembling the first two songs of the EP. Making statements like “Now you’re in wonderland you can play your own games”, its lyrics are much more cheerful than those in ‘Broken Town’. As well as the other songs of the EP, ‘The Game’ is not stingy with its use of compelling guitar riffs and airy vocals, creating a very catchy tune as a result.
‘Counterweight’ closes the EP with a bang. Presenting fast and rhythmic guitar riffs, grungy solos, and noisy vocals. This track is dropping a clear hint that Plastic Glass’ latest EP is only the beginning of a promising career and that we can look forward to some more lush indie rock from these local talents in the future.
If you are a fan of guitar-driven indie rock, ‘Broken Town’ is for you.
We'd also recommend that you go listen to the band live at the Battle of the Bands showcase at The Tavern in Blyth on the 10th March 2019.
Photography: Jamie Allison and Jamie Huntley