Formed in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn in 2011 but now calling Nashville home, blues rockers Clear Plastic Masks are as transparent as their name might suggest. Their music is a warped amalgamation of psych-infused blues, southern rock, and a hazy subsection of garage rock that pushes all these genres further in scope and sound than any artist working within those musical sets in recent memory. And while that description might make them sound anything but transparent, their songs never feel cluttered or overstuffed; they approach the music from a point of simplicity — though it rarely stays that way. Incorporating chiming guitars, wild yelps and howls from singer Andrew Katz, and a rhythm section that will shake your speakers, Clear Plastic Masks will have your attention within a few seconds, and you’ll be hard pressed to get the songs out of your head.
On their upcoming debut EP (due out November 26th), the band share a few songs which will ultimately be found on their forthcoming debut LP, which is scheduled to be released sometime in early 2014. It’s a way for them to give fans a bit of an album teaser before the album is completely finished. But even before the EP’s release, Clear Plastic Masks took some time to film a video for single, “Baby, Come On.” Documenting the events of one wild late night, the video blends these connected images of travelling, dancing, and spending time at the beach with the band’s modern and distinctly unique spin on the blues while covering everything in a gritty, emotional realism. But far from simply appropriating music that’s existed for a hundred years, they shift their influences and inspirations inward, twisting them until they’re only shadows of their former selves — all turned toward Clear Plastic Masks’ inimitable rock aesthetic.
Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the video for “Baby, Come On,” taken from Clear Plastic Masks’ upcoming self-titled debut EP.
The band has also recently confirmed a run of tour dates opening for Alabama Shakes, which will find them heading along the eastern half of the United States. They’ll also be playing with Mother Hips and Hurray for the Riff Raff on select dates. Check out their full tour itinerary below — though more dates are to come.
Clear Plastic Masks 2013 Tour Dates:
November 14 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
November 16 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom*
December 03 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live†
December 04 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore†
December 06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live†
December 07 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre†
December 08 – Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre†
February 14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks‡
*supporting Mother Hips
†supporting Alabama Shakes
‡supporting Hurray for the Riff Raff