An Interview With Plastic Rhino
Plastic Rhino just dropped a massive alternative rock gem that's built with heart and ferocious riffs and guitar tones, a gritty and a haunting melodic vocal approach, percussion that drives and over all vast soundscape that you can sing along with, hands in the air, or head bang to. Either way, this album is a fiery one that boasts one hell of a cinematic rock undertone you just can't let go of.
The Terminus record has loads of shredding solos and these open-ended gigantic powerhouse riffs that overwhelm and engulf you and the entire band is just super on point.
The energy that exudes from this band is infectious and the sound of it all really has a way of crawling under your skin in the best ways possible.
Bass tones are beautifully fuzzed out and some songs are completely driven by the bass riffs while others are these anthemic rock masterpieces.
The band bounces between a fun and character lush bangers and these heavily cinematic singles that you can feel in your bones.
The main thing is the amount of pure heart and talent that these songs embody.
They border between arena rock, alt-rock. and a dark edged tone that you can catch in almost every track.
The record is endless fun and there are some absolute killers in this bunch of tracks that you'll find yourself humming days after you heard it Those choruses can be invasive and just memorable.
This was one opus of a rock album, and it showcases a nearly perfect energy that never lets up and that in itself makes this band so addictive its nuts.
With the release of such a badass record, we wanted to have a chat with Plastic Rhino to find out where this all comes from.
Here's what went down.
BuzzSlayers: Okay so let's start with the Terminus album. This record has a killer alternative and cinematic feel to it. Where did this album come from?
This album was created during the height of the pandemic in 2020. The future was so uncertain, everything felt like it was on the verge of collapse, including ourselves and our sanity. Death seemed to be knocking at the door. The songs are each a stage of grief in a way, and it was our way as a band to heal from all the loss that was happening around us. BuzzSlayers: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
For this particular album we were pulling a lot from early Muse ‘Absolution’, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden. BuzzSlayers: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
Atara: “I have been writing songs since I was a little girl. The idea of creating this piece of work that can touch so many lives in so many ways is in my opinion the greatest accomplishment. Having a complete stranger come up to you and tell you that the song you wrote really resonates with them, I honestly think there is no better feeling. The same way if I run into one of my musical idols and tell them that, I would hope their reaction would be the same. It’s rare in this life to find that kind of magic, and I think music is the most magical art to exist. How a song can make you cry, or feel happy, or feel loved. BuzzSlayers: What's next for you as a band?
We are starting to get some radio airplay on non-commercial stations which is great! We are also hoping to get a tour together in the future. BuzzSlayers: What inspires you to write a song?
Songwriting is weird. Sometimes you have these crazy bouts of creativity where songs come pouring out of you, and sometimes you can go years without writing a good song idea. It takes a lot out of you. So, it’s best to get as many songs as possible out when those waves come. BuzzSlayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Jack is a computer programmer by day, and Atara is a costumer working in Film and Television. We have two full time jobs as I like to say. BuzzSlayers: Who are you listening to right now?
Atara: “I’m obsessed with Bad Omens right now. Their newest album front to back is the best hard rock music I have heard in a while.” BuzzSlayers: Are you doing live performances?
Yes we just starting performing live again after a 6 year hiatus and it was such a great feeling! We def plan to do it more in the future. BuzzSlayers: This album seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming bands out there?
Find yourselves a really good producer or two that can actually enhance your song. Someone that actually likes creating music, and has a passion for it. A lot of producers these days are not in the music making business for the right reasons. Not everything has to deliver a big paycheck. Obviously it’s great when it does pay off, but sometimes just putting some piece of work out into the world is just as awesome. No strings attached. BuzzSlayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you so much for loving our new album and sharing it with your tribes. Keep finding under the radar bands, and keep supporting them! You never know when you will help make them big!