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plaza2020.jpg Local Scene: PLAZA

Who doesn’t love a band that spell their name in caps? (Answer: no one.) And now Hartlepool’s finest have put all their lovely melodies in caps, too.

I like it when a band come on leaps and bounds with every new release and PLAZA are one such entity. They’ve never been afraid to fire up some visceral and blazing indie riffs, but their latest four-track EP – which came out at the back end of 2019 – shows a band looking to push their sound into all sorts of new and interesting directions. Case in point is a song such as ‘Give in to Me’. It’s got one of those wistful but swoony tunes that sounds like it’s pitched somewhere between The Smiths and Prefab Sprout. It’s not flexing too many muscles, but it’s still packing plenty of heat through the sheer strength of its melodic ways and means. ‘See’ is another track toting doomy romanticism, with its choral backdrop and carefully picked melody. The quartet have been building up something of a following on the live circuit and it’s little wonder that BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, alongside John Kennedy at Radio X, have been sniffing approvingly around them. I’m fully on board, too. Isn’t it about time you were?

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