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Review: Clear Plastic Masks - Self-Titled EP

Clear Plastic Masks sound like the Black Keys.

Not only do they play riff-heavy, guitar-driven rock, but lead singer Andrew Katz drenches his vocals in reverb and overdrive, and he even inflects similarly to Dan Auerbach.

Alright, I’ll stop with the snark before it gets too ridiculous. There’s no good reason for it anyway; Clear Plastic Masks are a very good band.

Yes, they sound like one of the biggest rock groups on the scene today. But that flaw is far from fatal.

Take “I’m Free”, the standout cut from their recently released, eponymous EP. It’s the kind of track that makes you want to pull out your old college guitar from the depths of the closet so you can pretend to be on stage with the band.  It’s gentle and gritty; soulful and powerful. There’s no subtlety. And that’s why it’s so good.

Not that the three other songs on the EP are bad—on the contrary, they’re well constructed and fit the band’s sound perfectly. However, a pretty famous band already monopolizes that sound. That’s a problem that Clear Plastic Masks will have to solve in the future.

For now, though, who cares? They’re a fun band with solid songs, including a catchy, would-be hit. Now, please excuse me—I have to dig through the closet for my acoustic guitar.

 

By Alex Kapelman

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