This time I thought it might be nice to have a bit of banter with someone else and hear their experiences. Here’s an interview with 'Lemmi Eaton' from 'Plastic Passion'. These guys were another great live act from my hometown that I’ve seen play here in Cheshunt, Hertford and lots of places all over London in the good old days. Lemmi the lead singer talks about the days and also what he is up to now in his new band 'Death Surf'.
So tell me a little bit about when and why you started up Plastic Passion…
Oh when was it.. I think it was around about 2004. Ummm… for as long as I can remember, 11 or so I’ve always played guitar and bass, from 15 onwards Glenn and I have always been in a band together, we like playing music and started plastic passion to show people what we could do and to break the stereotype of looking a certain why depending on which “genre” you fitted into.
The name seemed to be in reference to a Cure song from the ‘Boys don’t cry album’, did you take a lot of influence from them and also who else inspired you?
A lot of influence came from them yes, one of Glenn and I’s favorite bands. The name plastic passion symbolized how we felt about a lot of music at the time, very plastic and throw away (pretty much like today, ay?!), we felt it was quite apt. We quite liked Gang of four and I remember being very inspired by Neils children at the time.
'Plastic Passion' have it out with Tracey Emin in ‘Not Art’ …..’Look there’s a bed that I haven’t made and look how much that I’ve been paid’…..
What did you think about the other bands in Cheshunt at the time?
Well going back to Neils Children. I feel them and us were trying to break out of the area, it’s a pretty boring place! Maybe Cheshunt is a good place to spur a band on.
As we all know Cheshunt is one of the most happening places in the world (!), I know that you played at ‘The only fun in town’ club night at the Force and Firkin how were those nights for you?
They were brilliant! For one night a month local bands and close friends took over, you forgot you were in Cheshunt, it was a cool venue! What happened?! Wouldn’t it be great if we could have that sort of thing again.
Ed…Definitely the best thing that has ever happened in Cheshunt whilst I was growing up from what I can remember!
'Plastic Passion' - 'We have come so far' Live at 'Offset festival' 2008
Are there any particular gigs during your time that really stood out for you and for what reasons?
For me supporting 30 Seconds to Mars at Hammersmith Apollo was amazing, 4000 people, very surreal!
Eventually you bacame ‘Behold a pale horse’, was this just a name change or were you aiming to be a completely different band to P.P?
We hoped to be something different, I think we felt plastic passion had run its course and didn’t want to get stuck in a rut of sticking to one genre.
So tell me about your line up/name changes and the reasons for them, was there any disagreements at all within the band(s)?
BAPH, yeah some disagreements, but how many bands don’t have disagreements? Perhaps its better we don’t talk about them though!!!
Ed…Fair enough, Don’t want to re-ignite any old issues do we!
Now you have a new band called ‘Death Surf’ I’ve been listening to them, definitely a new sound…how is the gigging been going with that?
Its very new for us, still with Glenn, trusty side kick, his amazing and my good friend James! This time we’re just writing because we want to and to have some fun! We’re taking a bit of an aqua grunge vibe, that’s the best way I can describe it anyway! Starting off slow, doing a few gigs, getting back into the scene. Hoping to record real soon!
I and hopefully a lot of others want to know the answer to this, are there any releases in the pipeline for Death surf soon?
We have many songs to still record, and constantly keep making up more! As soon as we’ve recorded we hope ASAP to get a single pushed out, if not free demos for all!
Finally, what do you think is one of the funniest/craziest things that have happened during your time in any of the bands you’ve been in?
Id say the 4 day trip to Italy that turned into 7 days, no money, no accommodation, no clean clothes, 37 hour coach trip home, I don’t want anymore ham and cheese, fucking volcano, but, we played some great shows and met some funny and wonderful people!!
Thanks Lemmi, Best of luck with Death Surf and hope to see a release soon!
You can keep up to date with the band @ http://www.facebook.com/DEATHSURFUK