Plastic Mermaids are a five-piece band from the Isle of Wight who, after building their own analogue studio, self-produce the most genuinely original and sonically adventurous music you’ll hear today.
They are brothers Jamie and Douglas Richards, who collaborate on vocals, synths and samples, along with guitarist Chris Newnham, bassist Tom Farren and drummer Chris Jones.
Plastic Mermaids released debut EP ‘Dromtorp’ in March 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, following up with the ‘Inhale The Universe’ EP in March 2015 and third EP ‘Everything Is Yellow and Yellow Is My Least Favourite Colour’ in June 2016. Later that same year, in November, they holed up in their barn-turned-studio to start work on their first full album but only after building their own analogue studio,
In terms of musical influences, fans of The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Sparklehorse and Tame Impala will all find something to love in Plastic Mermaids richly-textured sound. The Flaming Lips’ influence is also evident in their ecstatic live show which has manifested itself into the sparkly-gold-cape-clad choir that has recently been accompanying Plastic Mermaids on tour and a mannequin covered in mirror ball tiles who is often suspended above their stage set. “We’ve done gigs before where we’ve spent the entire gig fee on as much confetti as we could afford,” says Jamie. “And we’ve spent all our money on lasers more times than I can remember.”