San Diego’s Plateaus are back and following up their acclaimed debut LP on Art Fag with a limited one sided 10” coming from Mt.St.Mtn. Plateaus have a laid back minimalist sound doing more with less with a niche for catchy song writing and melody. Hazy guitar tones, pounding drums, fuzzed out bass, and blown out vocals they deliver a sonic sound scape your ears with be thrilled to hear. With a range of influences from The Clean to The Wipers to Guided By Voices to Harry Nilsson to The Country Teasers, their sound is hard to pigeon hole into one specific genre.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Chris to discuss the release, which will be limited to 500 copies and sees the light of day on October 16. This is what he said about it.
When did you begin writing the material for your forthcoming 10”?
Started writing the material for these songs after we got back from tour with Colleen Green late last fall.
What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?
“Air Head” was the hardest to record. Most of our songs are pretty straight forward. “Air Head” was the first song we really put effects on the guitar after the guitar was recorded. It was fun using an echoplex though.
Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?
We tried to make all the songs different that we play them live. We wanted the records of them a little more weird and fucked up. We added a lot of extra effects and other textures to the songs that we don’t have live. Some of it you don’t really notice unless it isn’t there.
Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?
Nope just us .
Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?
The one and only Jon Greene. He is also our drummer. It was recorded at our studio, Electric Orange.
Is there an overarching concept behind your new record that ties it together?
Just the times of today and the ins and outs of the stuff people have to deal with. We are trying to evolve our sound more on this release there are new/different influences that we have tried to incorporate.
Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?
We do play these songs live. We like to open with “Wasting Time” and draw out the intro a bunch to build the excitement up, but “Look Out” really seems to be the crowd pleaser.
(Catch Plateaus at one of these dates:
10.23 Davis, CA @ Third Space w/ tbd (all ages, $5)
10.24 San Francisco, CA @ Vacation SF w/ G.Green (all ages, donation$)
10.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern w/ tbd (21+, $5)
10.26 Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), CA @ Permanent Records w/ tbd (all ages, FREE) 10.26 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Barbarian, Buddy Banter (21+)
More on Plateaus here: http://plateausband.bandcamp.com
Order the 10” here: http://mtstmtn.com)