Leading the line as one of the many upcoming Manchester bands to grab MIMR’s attention are Alt-rock 4 piece Plato as they look set to turn a lot of heads with their explosive and highly addictive sound.
I caught up with George from the band to talk about new music and social media ahead of their show with our good friends Deco Records at their latest gig at The Railway Inn this friday.
MIMR: Glad to have you on the blog, whats the latest with the band and what aims do you hope to achieve by the end of this year.
George: Thanks for having us on the blog. Currently we’re preparing for the release of our next single, which will be out in a few weeks. We feel this next song is a much more genuine representation of us as a band and demonstrates more accurately the kind of sound we’re ultimately aiming for – things that we feel our first single lacked. By the end of the year we hope to have released at least another single and, as a result, for our music to have reached a much wider audience, as we feel there are definitely people out there that our music will resonate with, we just haven’t yet found the means to reach them.
MIMR: What’s your favourite thing about playing live?
George: A fairly standard response I’m sure, but playing live is the best chance we get to show people what we’ve been working on, as we’re always writing new music and improving the songs and the set we’ve been playing live already.
MIMR: Your playing the upcoming Deco Records night this friday and until very recently the guys owned a record shop too but which essential records past or present really get you going?
George: Our two main inspirations are Radiohead and Foals, so our essential records will have to be Radiohead’s OK Computer & In Rainbows, and Foals’ What Went Down & Holy Fire.
MIMR: With social media more and more being used as a tool for bands to get themselves out there nowadays, would you say your savy when it comes to posting stuff online and do you believe quality over quanity?
George: Not particularly no. We’ve always kind of hoped that writing good music and performing it well would be sufficient to gain us some significant attention but nowadays everyone knows that just doesn’t seem to be enough. So, we’re slowly but surely getting used to using social media to promote ourselves as a band, but as a rule we definitely go for quality over quantity in pretty much everything we do: not just our posts on social media but also our songs and our music.
MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on MIMR, good luck with the rest of the year. How can people follow you social media?
George: Thank you too – we appreciate you taking an interest in us as a band. The best places to follow us would be Instagram (@plato__band) and Facebook (facebook.com/platoband), although for those who prefer Twitter, we’re also on there @platouk, so follow us if you feel impelled to do so