Plaza is back at it again releasing today a snarling new track, ‘In the Know’ after signing with indie label Clue Records. It’s the latest in a series of wild, biting post indie tunes all the way from Hartlepool. Plaza have been establishing and cutting their way slowly into the small seaside industrial town making it easy for the quartet to feel isolated from the rest of the UK scene. However, taking this relative isolation and using it to generate a positive energy has seen Plaza stretch their own boundaries, resulting in 2 years of consistent praise and admiration in the bigger national indie sphere. What proves this is their message behind the new track which shows off the band’s capabilities and grown-up antics, “When you feel like the world is watching you, and that you know too much –it’s all going to turn out okay in the end.”
“It is inspirational being from up here,” explains vocalist Brad Lennard, “I feel like the north east has influenced me to graft harder for what you want, it seems like it is a harder slog up here, you feel like you’re a little isolated. But then in a way that’s a great thing, it’s meant the community has come together to create one loved up scene.” Teeside music has been slowly coming back over the past few years with the likes of Avalanche Party, Llovers, and Cape Cub bringing it home alongside the band of the moment, Plaza. This determination, and mutual support from fellow outsiders, alongside a knack for a killer tune, has seen Plaza ride right at the sweet spot of the wave into the industry. Last year saw them play the renowned Reading and Leeds festivals, and support the likes of JAWS, Blaenavon, Ten Tonnes, and more. They used this to their advantage and built on the radio and TV coverage the festival received lapping up every opportunity thrown their way. Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1 are supporters, alongside John Kennedy at Radio X – with the likes of DIY, The 405, Clash, Wonderland and Indie Shuffle also singing their praises.
These countless and career jumping successes have brought the four-piece to the attention of Leeds-based boutique label Clue Records. With releases from Narcs, Forever Cult, Trash, Avalanche Party and more under their belts the ethic and ethos between band and label, in this case, feels a match made in heaven, and an ideal platform for Plaza to continue their steady rise.
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