PLAZA ~ ‘Wernotplaza’ EP
“Headstrong and intelligent, PLAZA’s mathematical take on anthemic indie ties itself in ever-tightening knots from the off ” DIY Magazine
“bold and beautiful.” Wonderland
“PLAZA are small town dreamers with an edge. Brattish grunge pop with an obnoxious vibe, they’re out to annoy and entertain in equal measures.” Clash
PLAZA release debut EP ‘Wernotplaza’, out now on Beyond the Wall Records.
4 late-teens from the industrial seaside town of Hartlepool, PLAZA are writing anthems that resonate the trials and tribulations of growing up; youthful romance, lukewarm beers, parmos and the ‘prospects’ this brings in divided Britain.
And now they tie this all together with an unerring clarity on their debut extended player, ‘Wernotplaza’. The savage opener ‘Deep In My Head’ bleeds into slow-burner ‘Vancouver’, before the contemplative doom-waltz of ‘Origami” brings typical proceedings to a close, leaving just the trap-infused joegarrratt remix of ‘Totem’, the track that first brought them to wider attention.
With their early singles, released through 2016, PLAZA have quickly gained a reputation for their intelligent songwriting and chaotic live shows around the UK, which includes supporting the likes of Blaenavon, Rat Boy, Gengahr and JAWS, as well as showcase performances for DIY Magazine & The Tipping Point. From these marquee shows, to house party and rehearsal room gigs, and slots at some of the UK’s key new music festivals the lads have honed their craft to perfection.
Debut single ‘Totem’ (Feb, 2016) hit home hard with airplay from BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Amazing Radio as well as strong critical acclaim from the Blogosphere, before featuring on Huw Stephen’s Best of BBC Introducing playlist. Their sophomore release ‘Blood Orange’ built on this success and third single, the anthemic ‘Youth’ brought the lads from Pools to the wider indie consciousness.
In support of their EP’s release, PLAZA are taking on a run of dates around the UK, which includes a stint with North London’s finest HAUS.
14th April – Hus, Liverpool
15th April – Stockton Calling, Stockton-on-Tees
18th April – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
20th April – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
21st April – Komedia, Brighton*
22nd April – Bodega, Nottingham*
23rd April – The Louisiana, Bristol*
25th April – Sound Control, Manchester*
26th April – Courtyard Theatre, London*
29th April – Live at Leeds, Leeds