It would be easy for Stockport’s Robbie Murray to adorn round, sunshine-tinted shades and a bucket hat in emulation of the bands that put Manchester at the centre of Britain’s music scene; but Robbie and his band Plastic House instead sculpted their own fresh sound.

Like many bands it took a fair amount of trial and error before they felt they had unlocked their style as a band;

It took us a while to find our sound, ‘In The Morning Sun was the first time we have used electric drums and synth sounds to complement a track this ended up working well so we thought as a band we could delve into that side a bit more. I’d say now we are more experimental but more controlled in what we put on a record.

Robbie with his bandmates Jake Perry, James Lennon and Oliver Podmore have collected comparisons with the likes of Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and the Maccabees due to their intricately woven melodies met with explosive stadium-ready choruses. It’s easy to hear when listening to hear when listening to the band, in particular their new single ‘City Don’t Sleep’ that the band pull from a range of influences when composing a song, with Robbie stating; truthfully I’ve never really been into bands. Growing up was on Motown and just pure pop music that my parents showed me, my brother being into rock music and also when I met the boys at 16 it all changed a little I was then into heavier riff based stuff, now it’s gone full circle again. Bands I like currently would be Kings of Leon, Sticky Fingers and The 1975 not just for the music but also including the overall vision and stylistic qualities of the bands.”

Speaking of the band’s single – which was released in a few weeks into 2017 – ‘City Don’t Sleep’ is a well-crafted radio worthy tune, laden with emotive lyrics of the trials and tribulations of youthful romances. Discussing the bands writing process for the single, Robbie said;

City Don’t Sleep was written on acoustic guitar at my house in about July this year, it wasn’t completely finished but I know the chorus was big. We re worked it playing all together and it ended up sounding like what it does now, after that there was no way we couldn’t release city don’t sleep as the next single. The lyrics are about an argument in a relationship and despite what is going on at the moment you

 should still want to shout your love out across the world for that person.”

The talented indie-rock four piece have amassed an impressive 20,000 listens on Spotify and have many exciting endeavours planned for the year ahead, it would be wise to catch them at your local independent venue before they inevitably explode into the mainstream.

Written by Rachel Lee



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