Preview: PLAZA At Think Tank

PLAZA are coming to Newcastle soon and Chris Leary tells us why it's one not to be missed...

Chris Leary
18th October 2017
Credit: Joe Spence

Most recently they were on the bill at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, handpicked by Radio One’s Huw Stephens for ‘BBC Introducing’ no less.Post-indie rock quartet PLAZA are about to shake guitar music to its very core.

The Hartlepool band have developed quite the itch of late to write soaring guitar choruses and reverb-laden shimmering hooks, bound by tight discordant quirky rhythms. Since their inception in early 2016 with singles such as ‘Totem’ and the dream pop lament on ‘Youth’, early influences had respectively nodded towards the likes of Antidotes, Foals and DIIV, with their own brand of North East witticisms for extra measure.

Emerging from a seaside town famous for its £1.50 pints and a scene that spawned math rock/post-hardcore outfit Future Horizons, both the band and their frontman Bradley Lennard won’t settle for anything less than a raucous show with no limits. Intrinsic to their captivating live experience are full on boundless frenzies, expect flying limbs or your buck back!

The last 12 months recall spectacular shows, notably bringing the masses to a sold out Think Tank with pals The Pale White, as well as packing out The Cluny as headliners of the Ouseburn’s “NARC” Festival in June. A rammed Teesside show closer to home at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social also went off the hook.

Most recently they were on the bill at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, handpicked by Radio One’s Huw Stephens for ‘BBC Introducing’ no less.

Testament to this rise in profile PLAZA have been rewarded with a slot at Manchester Albert Hall, alongside Ratboy. Most recently they were on the bill at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, handpicked by Radio One’s Huw Stephens for ‘BBC Introducing’ no less. Hot off the press is a string of dates on a UK tour with BLAENAVON in uncharted venues.

The brand new single ‘Speak It’ centres on themes of curbing your inhibitions, the song recalling the punchy filled angst and dynamism of Nirvana’s In Utero, whilst the chaotic climax channels the crunching contemporary classics on Foals’ Holy Fire.

Following a UK wide tour and a date at Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, PLAZA will round off with a grand finale at the Tank of Dreams on Saturday 28th October. Be sure to witness PLAZA do their thing - a band onto greater things in no time at all.

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