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Fast Five: Plastique

Lisa Ward


When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

My first band was in 2000, where I sang covers back in Brazil. It was always a lot of fun playing our favourite songs, though we only managed to write one original song.

I decided to pursue my career as an actress, whilst working in various bars and offices (the usual). Acting was natural for me, as I wanted to be so many things… I discovered that you get to be everything at least once. When Plastique formed, I got back into singing, but with a Bowie-esque persona that allows me to sing and act at the same time. It’s a nice balance.

How would you describe your music?

We’re a rock band, but with a lot of heavy electronic drums and synths to boost the guitars – the influences between the three of us make a big impact: It’s a feel-good bad-ass sound!

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We have just celebrated the first anniversary of our debut album (the self-titled Plastique) and the feedback so-far has been fantastic. This year, we’ve gigged the London circuit; perfecting our live sound. We have a really tight show now. We also produced two music videos from the album, Butterflies and very recently, A Paper Cut From A Paper Kiss, which is being released as a single in January.

We’re already working on new songs for the next album, which we aim to have out later in 2013… all with more shows that we want to take to the festivals and as many locations that we can reach. So far so good!

 If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Dolores O’Riordan or Amanda Palmer are both big inspirations for me: they have such a beautiful energy!

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Oh man, that’s too difficult. For me would be all-or-nothing. If I cannot take a disc with my entire music collection then at least let me take my guitar, so I can play whatever I feel like!

(answers by Anelise Kunz)