Album Review: Plastic Friends – “Information”

I don’t post to this blog nearly as often as I should, but I have some new information for everyone: it’s literally Information, the debut album from local Bowling Green rockers Plastic Friends. Here’s a little bit more information: it’s killer.

Let’s talk about new songs first. The album rolls out with “Bruises”, a catchy number that definitely keeps your attention. I’ve been listening to this album for a week and I can’t count how many times I’ve been humming the chorus. “Abuse” is the next of new songs and it features one of the best bridges on the album. The guitar solo is electrifying and it just transitions so well into the next part of the song. “Final Word” is an excellent rock and roll song that just kills it really. It’s a shorter song that hits hard and fast.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Regret Tonight”. It features hands down the best vocal performance on the album. Will Perkins slays the singing on this one and it’s incredibly hard not to sing along. Another standout track is “Silo”, the album’s closer. The whole song builds up into what is some of the best guitar work on the record. If a guitar is Matt Long’s weapon of choice, the solo on this track is nuclear.

As a big fan of the Ready to Go ep that Plastic Friends released a couple of years ago, one of the biggest surprises is how great the older songs sound. The production is on an entirely different level and the way the songs have been reworked and remastered is incredible. “The Fool” sounds almost like a completely different song and “Movements” has a whole new depth to its sound. “The Ocean” and “Tired of Me” just feel ten times better. And in the beginning of “Let It Be Said” you can actually tell there are hand-claps going on instead of just random percussion. It’s pretty cool actually.

But seriously, Information is one of the best albums to come out of Bowling Green in a long time. Every part of it works so well together like this perfect album puzzle. This record packs a punch, and the bruises it leaves will last way longer than a week or so.

Pick up the album on 3/11/16 right here.

-CM

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