May 31, 2010
Having a band member seven months pregnant will not stop Brooklyn band Future In Plastics from making a stop at this year’s NXNE. A fusion of new wave and garage punk with a hint of LSD, Future In Plastics’ live show should be full of energy and entertainment. To tell us more is lead singer Coco and guitarist Culley.
Spring is in full bloom here in Brooklyn, so everyone in the band seems strangely buoyant and happy, even as we grind out our impoverished rocker lives. At the moment, Coco (lead singer) and myself (Culley, guitarist) are sitting in a garden, listening to birds chirp and drinking tea.
2. There are a lot of bands playing NXNE, why should we watch yours?
We put on an outrageously fun show [and] have been honing our hard-rocking, Vaudevillian style for years here in NYC and around the Northeast. It is, at the same time, stripped down raw and overtly theatrical. Garage punk ethos with an old-school big band attack. Coco has been described as "Debbie Harry and Axl Rose’s lovechild" and "Bettie Page singing 80’s punk." AND, in a special twist just for the NXNE audiences, she will be rocking the NXNE show seven months pregnant.
3. What are you doing to prepare for NXNE?
Holing up in our dungeon-like studio and cranking it up. Also, spray painting t-shirts, practicing yoga, and persistently badgering everyone we know in the Greater Toronto Area.
4. What are you hoping to get out of the festival?
We were up in Toronto in the late fall recording our newest EP The Birdhouse. Met so many great people and had a wonderful time. We are just excited to have the opportunity to come up again and rock the town. We want nothing more than to keep building our rock n’ roll relationship with Toronto. If we can make some industry connections, all the better. We play an odd brand of rock n’ roll that has never attracted much in the way of label interest, so we don’t get too attached to the idea. On the other hand, if people catch a Future in Plastics set, we know we can get them hooked. But we really rock for the love of it. And we are really happy to have the opportunity to reach new fans in a setting like NXNE. Also, just want to go check out a ton of bands we don’t know!
5. Which act(s) are you hoping to catch during the festival and why?
Really excited to catch X’s show. These folks are a big influence on us and I’m glad that they are back touring around. Was too young to catch them in their original run. Definitely psyched for our crazy Torontonian friends La Casa Muerte. Also, always like to catch a set from our fellow Brooklynites, Japandroids. Would love to see the Stooges do their thing. Alas, our set is at the same time.
6. Tell me a tour story that is crazy but true.
Once, whilst touring about New England, we landed a gig playing foody-extraordinnaire Lydia Bastianich’s wine launch party at her mansion in Connecticut. It was most disconcerting as we were cranking out our crazy metallic post-punk in the drive way, mid-afternoon, as a decidedly bourgeois crowd of minor celebs and food/wine critics stood around with their wine and appetizers and looked on in abject horror. We did, however, get a surprisingly warm review of our set in Suburban Food & Wine magazine.
Our craziest road story has to do with crossing the Canadian border last year, but perhaps it is best not to share this, what with our impending return.
7. What are Future In Plastics working on at the moment?
At the moment, we are getting ready to record a new track or two and to travel to Toronto. After NXNE, we will be taking a hiatus of some sort as Coco will be giving birth to Baby X.
8. Which shows/events/BBQs are you playing?
We will be rocking The Hideout on Saturday Night at 10 pm.
9. Where can we find out more about you?
10. Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?
Its gonna be a lot of fun. Hope to see you around the festival and at our show. If you ain’t catching the Stooges, we will make your Saturday night a blast!