PLASTIC ANTS – Imperial Phase

Album: Imperial Phase

Artist: Plastic Ants

Label: Requisite Recordings

Release Date: October 07, 2016


The Upshot: Cincy rockers tug on Wussy and Afghan Whigs roots and unearth complex chamber pop that’ll charm even the most purist Beatles fan.


Cincinnati super group, Plastic Ants, return with another great LP, this time mining everything from classic rock and jangle pop to pockets of prog rock for an impressively diverse sound.

The band, comprised of singer/guitarist Robert Cherry, Bassist John Curley of the Afghan Whigs, drummer Joe Klug from Wussy and keyboardist Guy Vanasse, pull together a dreamy collection that proves pop need not be simplistic nor basic. Weaving together sharp guitars with moody synthesizers and steady piano, the band evokes everyone from The Beatles in their experimental phase to The Smithereens.

There are a few songs that drag from here to there (particularly a track like “Mystery Chord”), but Plastic Ants make up for just one song later with the theatrical “You Will Know Love,” complete with a full back up chorus. Another step in the right direction for Ohio’s unsung heroes of chamber pop.

DOWNLOAD: “A Sea of Upturned Faces,” “The Girl Who Stole the World” and “Magnetic Mind”

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