SYNTH-DRIVEN INDIE POP/ROCK ACT PLS PLS
ANNOUNCES NEW EP, JET BLACK
OUT APRIL 7 VIA SLIMSTYLE
Stream/embed PLS PLS’ “Fools” via Soundcloud
RIYL: New Order, Twin Shadow, Depeche Mode, Gardens & Villa, Kraftwerk, Minus the Bear, M83
“A darkly textured and rhythmic excursion into a decisively more atmospheric sound.” – Creative Loafing
“You’d swear it was 1984 and PLS PLS was sandwiched in between Prince, Berlin, Gary Numan, and the Human League in MTV’s heavy rotation.” – Innocent Words
“Inventive textures and sounds that merit comparisons ranging from the Smiths’ Johnny Marr to Wilco’s Nels Cline. PLS PLS is outside the box.” – Big Takeover
“The electronic-minded grooves here are almost downright bouncy and effusive” – Latest Disgrace
FEB. 15, 2016 — Atlanta-based indie/pop-rock act PLS PLS have announced their forthcoming LP, Jet Black, out April 7 via Slimstyle. In advance of the release, they’ve shared their latest single “Fools,” available to post via Soundcloud.
After 10 years, 6 albums, and over 1,000 shows with his former band, Dropsonic, Dan Dixon decided it was time to re-invent the wheel he’d spinning for so long. Though Dropsonic had done too many tours to count and had toured with or opened for bands ranging rom The Strokes, Garbage, Archers of Loaf, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Secret Machines, Shiner, GvsB, and whole host of others, it was all feeling decidedly… uninspiring.
Dixon started writing songs for a new project that would become PLS PLS. The first 5 songs appeared as EP EP (released via 24 Hour Service Station), described as Joy Division meets Radiohead by Atlanta’s Stomp n’ Stammer, contained a reimagined cover of a song called “Cocaine” with Elijah Jones from The Constellations. The uncensored version of the music video (directed by Video Rahim) reached over a million views on Youtube before it was removed. In addition, several songs from EP EP including “60’s Love Song”, “Here Come the Wolves”, and “River Song” appeared in the Magnolia-released horror film V/H/S.
The band started playing shows and recorded a full length, which was released by Los Angeles based label, El Camino Media (Veruca Salt, Self, Battle Me). By this point PLS PLS had been building their local Atlanta following and doing occasional regional tour dates, opening for the likes of Har Mar Superstar, Albert Hammond Jr., The Life and Times, AWOL Nation, Kongos, Snowden, Gardens and Villa, Porcelain Raft, and others.
Which brings us to JET BLACK (out April 7 via Slimstyle). An album that took a little too long to make, but is worth the wait. Keeping with the PLS PLS aesthetic of making 80’s inspired droning synth pop while only using live instruments, everyone contributed parts and ideas giving the record more depth and influences. Things like the “Jungle Boogie” meets Super Nintendo’s Excite Bike outro of ‘We Don’t Scare’ or the LCD Soundsystem-esque ‘Broke’, or the Phil Collins’ drums of ‘Let You Down’ wouldn’t have happened on previous releases. Though JET BLACK is self-produced, Dixon honed his production skills over the last few years working on wide variety of records for CRX (Nick Valensi from the Strokes), Zac Brown Band, and Atlanta alumni The Biters, and Whores. Keep an eye out for a spring 2017 tour.