The New York Times' Jon Pareles reviews the self-titled debut EP from emerging Nashville band Clear Plastic Masks (CPM) praising, "The churning, galvanic, righteously messy surge and crash of 1960s rock is their heritage, full of loose ends and live wires; they've got firm roots without settling down in the slightest." Out now on Serpents & Snakes Records/Dine Alone Records (iTunes), the four-song EP features material that will be included in the band's forthcoming full-length debut, which will be released early 2014. In celebration of the release, the band will join Alabama Shakes on a series of shows this month. See below for complete details.
Already receiving critical acclaim, Beats Per Minute
recently premiered the music video for the EP's first single, "Baby Come On," praising, "Documenting the events of one wild late night, the video blends these connected images of traveling, dancing, and spending time at the beach with the band's modern and distinctly unique spin on the blues while covering everything in a gritty, emotional realism. But far from simply appropriating music that's existed for a hundred years, they shift their influences and inspirations inward, twisting them until they're only shadows of their former selves- all turned toward Clear Plastic
Masks' inimitable rock aesthetic." The video can be viewed/embedded here
calls the song, "So Real," a "scorching garage rock with nothing to hide: just pummeling percussion, desperate yowls that recall Jack White
before he became Jack White, and a whole lot of scrappy guitar fuzz that should please Black Lips worshipers," while the Nashville Scene
describes it as, "a scuzzy, reckless, blooze-bolstered rock 'n' roll number."
Moreover, an All Saints-directed video of the band performing at this past year's SXSW can be viewed here
Formed in 2011 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, CPM relocated to Nashville in 2012 where they recorded their debut album at The Bomb Shelter. The 4-piece band is made up of Eddy DuQuesne (bass/keys), Charlie Garmendia (drums), Andrew Katz (guitar/keys/vocal) and Matt Menold (guitar/keys). In addition to CPM, the band-members recently launched a side-project with Alabama
Shakes' Brittany Howard, entitled Thunderbitch.
CPM track listing
1. So Real
4. Baby Come On
CPM CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
December 3 // Orlando, FL // Hard Rock Live†
December 4 // Miami Beach, FL // The Fillmore†
December 6 // St. Petersburg, FL // Jannus Live†
December 7 // St. Augustine, FL // St. Augustine Amphitheatre†
December 8 // Mobile, AL // Saenger Theatre†
February 14 // New Orleans, LA // One Eyed Jacks‡
‡supporting Hurray for the Riff Raff
(additional dates to be announced)