After 10 years, six albums, and over 1,000 shows with his former band, Dropsonic, Dan Dixon decided it was time to re-invent the wheel he’d spinning for so long. Though Dropsonic had done too many tours to count and had toured with or opened for bands ranging from The Strokes, Garbage, Archers of Loaf, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Secret Machines, Shiner, GvsB, and whole host of others, it was all feeling decidedly…uninspiring.
Dixon started writing songs for a new project that would become PLS PLS. The first five songs appeared as EP EP (released via 24 Hour Service Station), described as Joy Division meets Radiohead, contained a reimagined cover of a song called “Cocaine” with Elijah Jones from The Constellations. The uncensored version of the music video (directed by Video Rahim) reached over a million views on Youtube before it was removed. In addition, several songs from EP EP including “60’s Love Song,” “Here Come the Wolves,” and “River Song” appeared in the Magnolia-released horror film V/H/S.
The band started playing shows and recorded a full length, which was released by Los Angeles based label, El Camino Media (Veruca Salt, Self, Battle Me). By this point PLS PLS had been building their local Atlanta following and doing occasional regional tour dates, opening for the likes of Har Mar Superstar, Albert Hammond Jr., The Life and Times, AWOL Nation, Kongos, Snowden, Gardens and Villa, Porcelain Raft, and others.
Which brings us to JET BLACK (out April 7 via Slimstyle). Keeping with the PLS PLS aesthetic of making ’80s inspired droning synth pop while only using live instruments, everyone contributed parts and ideas giving the record more depth and influences. Things like the “Jungle Boogie” meets Nintendo Entertainment System’s Excite Bike outro of ‘We Don’t Scare’ or the LCD Soundsystem-esque ‘Broke,’ or the Phil Collins’ drums of ‘Let You Down’ wouldn’t have happened on previous releases. Though JET BLACK is self-produced, Dixon honed his production skills over the last few years working on wide variety of records for CRX (Nick Valensi from the Strokes), Zac Brown Band, and Atlanta alumni Biters, and Whores. Keep an eye out for a spring 2017 tour.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering the band’s “Animals” from the forthcoming record. Dense and intricate, the track showcases a band that clearly has 10 or more years ahead of them.
(Pre-order the vinyl here: https://www.amazon.com/Jet-Black-PLS/dp/B01N1GURB3
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