The Plates Blast Off!

On their third CD, Blast, the Plates pack a heap of intensity into their tight compositions, with most of the tunes clocking in around the three-minute mark and one track, “Sugar at the Controls,” barely exceeding 68 seconds. The band serves up a feisty blend of grooves, with punk, reggae and metal influences propelling it all and a Samples-esque flourish here and there. Drummer Jeep MacNichol’s chops are fiery and vocalist Stero Lion’s island style rapping weaves a soulful thread throughout, while Ian Anderson’s muscular bass holds it together and Scott Beach adds flair on the bagpipes. There are laser sounds, cracking drum licks, dancehall toasts and dub stylings to go around. The longest tune, Future Sound,” fuses it all together with its compelling pulse, engaging lyrics and chill atmospheric effects. These words from the song capture the vibe: “A thousand miles away a galaxy of time and space.” The Plates create a no-nonsense punky reggae party right here in Denver on planet Earth. Don’t miss “Kung Fu Laser,” “Captain Radar” and “Government Dub.”



Author: Hutchmun

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