Genre is often hard to define these days, but Hartlepool newcomers PLAZA have pinned themselves and debut single ‘Totem’ as “post-indie”. I like it, for many the term ‘indie’ is now synonymous with generic guitar music, hipsters and dickheads on Twitter – so, the concept of moving past that is something I can definitely get on board with.
‘Totem’ is a track to pay attention to; its mix of crazy quick math-guitars combined with clashing shoegaze choruses is inspiring and, coming in at just under two minutes, if you’re off in the clouds you might just miss it.
Short and snappy, these 114 seconds are packed to bursting point with layers of reverb topped by Bradley Lennard’s strong vocals that hold together the elements effortlessly. Getting better with every listen, ‘Totem’ suggests that this is just the beginning for PLAZA, there’s undoubtedly more to come.
PLAZA are off on a Northern tour of England next week, with best buds TRASH. It’s set to be a legendary one: you can catch the TRAZA lads in Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds 3-7 March.
‘Totem’ is out today via Beyond The Wall.