”Tighter than Willy Deville´s crocodile boots.”
(Anders Tapola, Swedish paper Smålandsposten)
Magic melodies with a dark edge. Manna from guitar heaven for friends and fans of The Long Ryders, The Dream Syndicate, Flamin´ Groovies, The Velvets and Television.
New album Turn The Tide (produced by Chris Cacavas, ex Green on Red/Giant Sand) released February 6th 2013 on Polythene Records. In Sweden and Europe distributed via Record Heaven and in the USA via Kool Kat Musik.
After a million years of free-floating in space from galaxy to galaxy, finally the last remaining batch of ”your plastic pal who´s fun to be with” has returned to the mothership and set up a permanent base in – of all places at this end of the Universe – Stockholm, Sweden. This four-piece psychedelic garage rock combo The Plastic Pals was formed in Spring 2005. Guilty as charged is singer/songwriter/guitarist Hawk, aka Håkan Soold, who brought together Anders Sahlin (a guitarist who Hawk played with in the band Piglet in the 1980s) with Sweden´s answer to Sly&Robbie Olov Öqvist, drums, and Bengt Alm, bass.
Take the fiery guitars of bands like Television, Flamin´ Groovies and The Dream Syndicate, add a pinch of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground and a dash of magic melodies with a dark edge. Bring to the boil with a soulful and groovy base of drums and bass. Stir well and season to taste with the finest spices from the legacy of rock and roll – from Hank to Hendrix, from Gram to The Long Ryders, from The Beatles to Alex Chilton, from Townes to Paul K, from Coltrane to Television. The list goes on… Bon Appétit! There you have the taste and the sound of these guitar slingers from Stockholm, Sweden – The Plastic Pals. Dinner is served – Bon Appetit!
In 2008 The Plastic Pals released their debut album Good Karma Café (with guest appearances by former Green on Red keyboard maestro Chris Cacavas). A somewhat americana-tinged affair, and yet still true to the twin guitar-paisley-garage-powerpop-New York rock aesthetics the band presented on their debut EP The Band That´s Fun To Be With (2006). The album received really good reviews, in Sweden as well as in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Tunes from the album have received airplay and/or is receiving airplay in the USA (WFMU and WFNX), the UK (BBC6 and the House for Mercy show at Total Radio), Greece, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain and France – with A-rotaion for 4 months on a radio station in Lyon.
The Plastic Pals have opened for ex-Green on Red guitar slinger Chuck Prophet and Australian garage rock legends The New Christs – with Rob Younger from Radio Birdman and Jim Dickson from The Barracudas – and Steve Wynn, founder of The Dream Syndicate.
In 2008 The Plastic Pals were invited to London by Gurbir “Another Cowboy” Dhillon (a passionate music aficionado who´s released albums with The Dream Syndicate and CBGB´s legendaries Band of Outsiders in the 1980:s) and Nick West (editor of magazine Bucketfull of Brains) for a celebration of The Paisley Underground at the Windmill, Brixton. Besides playing a regular Plastic Pals set, the Pals backed ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin on a set of tunes by The Long Ryders, and then closed the night with a set of songs by The Only Ones, The Dream Syndicate, Green on Red, The Velvet Undergound and Danny&Dusty – with the whole venue singing along to the latter´s tune “Song for the dreamers”, The Plastic Pals were back in London for shows in 2009.
A new album – Turn The Tide (produced by Chris Cacavas) – was released in February 2013 The Plastic Pals released a new album – Turn The Tide – produced by Chris Cacavas. And the album has already gained a lot of airplay in the USA, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany and in the UK.
Good Karma Café took The Plastic Pals to London. Perhaps Turn The Tide will take them even farther. In May 2013 they are playing at the festival International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool as well as doing a couple of shows in London. There are also plans for tours to the US and Italy.
Håkan “Hawk” Soold – Vocals, Guitar
Anders Sahlin – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bengt Alm – Bass, Backing Vocals
Olov Öqvist – Drums
“Turn The Tide” (album – vinyl and CD) 2013
“Between the devil and the deep blue sea” 2012
“Leave it ´til tomorrow” 2012 (single)
“Good Karma Café” 2008 (album – CD)
“She´s going back” 2008 (radio single)
“The band that´s fun to be with” 2006 (EP – CD)