ANGELS WITH ATTITUDE
Released on June 1, 2018 (City of Lights Records)
Since the release of Plastic Tears‘ third full-length studio album Angels With Attitude, I have heard a lot of good things about the record. My first introduction to Plastic Tears dates back to early 2016 when I posted on Sleaze Roxx about their video for the song “Rhythm Rider” from the EP of the same name. At the time, while I liked the song, I thought the vocals were kind of hard to get into with singer Miqu December‘s slight Eastern European (to my ears) accent. Given that “Rhythm Rider” made it onto Angels With Attitude and having listened to the album on and off for the last couple of months, my initial thoughts for “Rhythm Rider” apply to the rest of the tracks on the record. In a way, it’s a shame because the songs are actually well composed and some are really quite catchy. However, I simply have a hard time getting into December‘s vocals and that kind of puts a damper or dark cloud so to speak over all the tracks on the record.
Amazingly, Plastic Tears date all the way back to 1992. They have taken their time releasing full-length albums with about nine years between releases. The group’s debut album Stranded In Rock ‘N’ Roll was released in 2000 followed by Nine Lives Never Dies in 2009 and now Angels With Attitude. I can’t say that I am familiar with the band’s two first albums so can’t say whether the band has grown or changed its style over the now 18 years since its debut album. What you do get from Plastic Tears on Angels With Attitude is a lot of Hanoi Rocks influences mixed in with a little Faster Pussycat and some pop rock tendencies.
There are a few standout tracks, namely the upbeat and peppy “Dark Passenger,” the faster “Iris Kick,” “Rhythm Rider” and the piano led rocker “Miss Stumbling Legs.” One reason that those four songs stand out is that there are quite a few background vocals on each of them so those kind of help bolster December‘s vocal delivery. Funny enough, December‘s vocals remind me quite a bit of Lipstick frontman Greg Troyan‘s singing. Just like Troyan, December‘s singing is better on the faster tunes but doesn’t really shine on the slower ones. One such example is “Secret Society” which ends off rather oddly with a slow piano ending. The music itself (minus the vocals) on Angels With Attitude is actually really good with strong melodies throughout the entire album.
Overall, there isn’t one bad song musically speaking on Angels With Attitude but anyone’s outlook on the album will likely hinge on how they feel about December‘s vocals. Either you’ll like December‘s vocals and probably think Angels With Attitude is a great album, or you’ll struggle with the singing (like me), which makes the album difficult to get through.
01. Dark Passenger
02. Secret Society
03. Iris Kick
04. Midnight Date
05. Rhythm Rider
06. Nuclear Nights
07. Blue Angel
08. Day By Day
09. Headless Army
10. Miss Stumbling Legs
11. Universal Kid
Miqu December – lead and background vocals
Eco Xtasy – drums
Andy – guitar, background vocals
Edu – bass, background vocals
Juha Pietiläinen – guitar
Marc Sonic – second guitar
Juha Heikkila – piano, keyboards
Sammy Aaltonen – additional background vocals (1)
Mikko Herranen – additional background vocals (5, 6, 11)
Recorded and mixed by Sammy Aaltonen (1 to 4, 6 to 10)
Recorded and mixed by Mikko Herranen (5, 11)
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, October 2018
Plastic Tears‘ “Rhythm Rider” video:
Get the new ‘Rhythm Rider’ EP now: https://theplastictears.bandcamp.com/music https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Slk6beVnkYjOfwBRuzFsC Director: Erno Hankia (https://goo.gl/zEFfIZ) Editor: Eco Inkinen Drone and Camera Operator: Erno Hankia Camera Operator: Juha Kinnunen Camera Operator: Tero Tolvanen The Plastic Tears are: Lead Singer: Miqu December Drums: Eco Xtasy Guitar: Marc Sonic Guitar: Andy Whitewine Bass: Edu www.facebook.com/PlasticTears/ www.instagram.com/theplastictears/ www.twitter.com/ThePlasticTears www.reverbnation.com/plastictears www.youtube.com/user/ThePlasticTears
Plastic Tears‘ “Run Rabbit Run” video:
Plastic Tears plays Run Rabbit Run by Smack. This track is taken from the upcoming album ‘Smacked! a tribute to Ilari “Claude” Peltola’. From mid-February to March 31 you can pre-order the album + some very special related items such as a Smack limited edition postcards set, posters and buttons.
Plastic Tears‘ “Miss Stumbling Legs” video:
PLASTIC TEARS – “Miss Sumbling Legs” taken from the album “Angels With Attitude”, released by City Of Lights Records (http://www.rockitup.org) in 2018
Plastic Tears‘ “Secret Society” video:
Secret Society from the album Angels With Attitude. Released 1.6.2018 through City of Lights Records. Video: Eco Inkinen Assistant camera: Edu Kettunen Starring: Laura Piano and keyboards: Juha Heikkilä Recorded and mixed by Sammy Aaltonen at East Sound Studios. New Secret Society single available now at: https://goo.gl/H1febq FOLLOW PLASTIC TEARS!