Santa Barbara Indie-Rock band Plastic Harpoons have announced their forthcoming LP, Modern World, out October 21, 2022 via Lolipop Records. To kick off the release, they’ve shared the record’s first single, “Diamond Wings,” alongside an accompanying music video. The song shows love for Americana traditions and is about a man who flies too high.
On their new track, vocalist Taylor Casey writes:
‘Diamond Wings’ is a story about a modern day Icarus – a man obsessed with climbing higher, disillusioned by the life that he leads. He separates himself from the masses, via drugs, material possessions, and shows of wealth. Eventually, he loses perspective, ignoring the advice of his own father along the way, leading to dire consequences. I think unintentionally the song is also a metaphor for my thoughts on the current state of modern man. The song, originally just played on acoustic is filled out with snappy slide guitar, jangling piano, a grounding and pocketed baseline, and no-nonsense drums, paired with a rambling Dylan-esque vocal.
Speaking on the track’s accompanying video, Casey adds:
Leaning on the sounds of the song for inspiration for the video, specifically the slide guitar, we decided to shoot the video at a ‘Dude Ranch’ in exchange for a private show at the ranch. The video follows Taylor, lead vocals & guitar, as he wakes from a drunken stupor and has to find the rest of the band who have fallen asleep in just about all the strangest places one could fall asleep in then culminates in a live performance in front of the dilapidated barn. Shot and Directed by Garret Stotko.
Plastic Harpoons tend to incorporates elements of Classic Rock, Americana, and Pop and was founded when lead vocalist and songwriter, Taylor Casey, moved back home to Santa Barbara after 3 years around Austin and NYC. He met up with lead guitarist Daniel Vasquez and the group was rounded out in 2019 with the addition of Sean Renken (bass) and Bijan Firouzan (drums).