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Plastic Barricades' 'For the Brave': A Tribute to Everyday Courage

Unpacking the Layers of Bravery in Plastic Barricades' Latest Single from Their Upcoming Album 'We Stayed Indoors
Cover art for 'For the Brave' by Plastic Barricades, capturing the essence of courage and resilience through its striking design.
Cover art for 'For the Brave' by Plastic Barricades

Plastic Barricades' latest single "For the Brave" hits you like a shot of adrenaline. This London-based indie rock outfit knows how to craft tunes that resonate, and this track does just that. It's a tribute to courage, in all of its forms, set against the backdrop of a world that often seems overwhelming. Marking part of their upcoming third album "We Stayed Indoors, Plastic Barricades have come to steal the show.

Music wise, the song acts as a tight ensemble of guitars and synths that find themselves anchored by Chris Barber's drumming. Tom Hill's mix at Bookhouse Studio is spot-on, giving each instrument its moment in the spotlight without letting any one element dominate. The mastering by Andy "Hippy" Baldwin adds that final touch, making the track ready for any playlist.

Dan Kert's vocals - the emotional core of the song. There's an authenticity in his voice, a raw sincerity that makes you sit up and listen. The backing vocals from Elli Pasok and Christina Petushenko add depth, creating a rich, layered sound. "How can we change? Nothing is out of range for the brave," Kert sings, capturing the essence of the song in a heartbeat.

Lyrically, the song delves into the many facets of bravery. Don't mistake it, this is not about headline-grabbing acts of heroism; rather, it is about the quiet courage it takes to face your fears, to confront your inner demons, and to simply get out of bed in the morning.

Promo shot of Plastic Barricades
Promo shot of Plastic Barricades

Alongside the release come a stop-motion video, part of a creative endeavour by Elina Pasok and Olly Holovchenko which visualises this struggle and makes the message even more poignant.

What really stands out about Plastic Barricades is their DIY ethos. For example, some of the previous videos for their releases such as "Optimist" and "Counting Fireworks" have claimed international awards, and "For the Brave" continues in this vein, offering a quirky yet deeply resonant visual narrative.

Their upcoming album is set to tackle a range of complex issues, from mental health to existential worries. If this single is anything to go by, it's going to be a compelling listen indeed.

So, will I be hitting the replay button on "For the Brave"? Absolutely. This track serves as a reminder that courage comes in many shapes and sizes, and sometimes, the most courageous act is to keep going, no matter the odds.

Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative, British Rock

Mood: Uplifting, Authentic, Raw, Emotional, Resilient

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