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Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Fantastic Plastic

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 10:30 UK time, Friday, 5 February 2010


This week's label continues to push brilliant guitar pop to the masses, sometimes bubbling over with bands like Guillemots and Strange Death of Liberal England, and newly signed band, Race Horses.

How, when, where and why was the label set up?

The label was first set up by Darrin Robson, in the back room of a record shop in a small town on the outskirts of Belfast. Darrin formed the label to release vinyl EPs by his favourite bands. The first batch of releases included Television Personalities, Sultans Of Ping F.C., The Blue Aeroplanes and Ash.

Where did the name come from?
Fantastic Plastic was originally the name of the record shop which Darrin ran before the label started.

What's the ethos of the label and which artists are on it?
Darrin says it's amazing to discover new, exciting bands and artists and Fantastic Plastic aims to promote them to a wider audience. On their current roster are: Race Horses (former session guests of ours), Luke Haines (of Auteurs fame), plus Bearsuit and The Strange Death Of Liberal England, who are both currently recording new albums.

Any releases/gigs coming up?
Race Horses have this week just released their debut album "Goodbye Falkenburg". They are about to go on their first ever tour, supporting FanFarlo, with dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Brighton and Aberystwyth.

Also in the pipeline is a new single Love Letter To London from Luke Haines' current album, 21st Century Man.

If the label could sign any artist past or present, who would it be?
The Smiths. Because they were genius.

What's the favourite office snack at the label?
It's got to be crisps - Darrin's a big fan of cheese and onion.

If the label were an animal what would it be and why?
It would be a rabbit - they have the BEST ears!




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