Nic Dinnie, singer/guitarist/producer, Elisa Da Silva, bassist, and Jon Caws, drummer, collectively as Hot Plastic harness the energy of kinetic momentum. Offsetting behind-the-scenes insights in a frame of thoughtful design, presenting authentic experience of studio and gigging life, they work hard at their craft and know how to have a good time doing it. On Jersey, Hot Plastic is a success story already, not because of out-of-the-park social media metrics – yet! – but because Nic and crew are the epitome of DIY industriousness and their shows are tremendous good times.
The band asked us to make a video for their song Keep Up. Nic gave The Blue Note Bar an atmosphere of a theatrical stage set with furrowed drapes lit from the sides to deepen shadows. A micro-stage for the dancing feet sequences was set up on a patch of floor with a single spotlight that guests were invited to use to show off their fancy moves or cool footwear, or both. As this brilliant indie-pop group performed on stage, Gary, James, and Chris (just about) avoided getting in each other’s way filming the proceedings. The resulting video, complete with bouncing ball on the lyrics just like in karaoke, is a fast-paced treat. The song is a dazzling pop gem replete with hooks, mixed and mastered with skilful economy, featuring a toothsome guitar riff that jangles in the ears long after the final chord rings out. The no-nonsense groove at its heart is serious business – just listen to the outro section’s articulated funk and marvel at its balanced application of fierce chops with deft lightness of touch.
Thanks to the band for allowing us to be a part of their story. Follow them for non-stop news as they plot their success.
A song all about having some fun!
The Keep Up T-shirt is available here