Welcome to a pre-release of Self-Theories,
an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and
active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and
reinventing ourselves for the sake of a brighter future. 


Self-Theories by London alt-indie duo Plastic Barricades
is out on 23 November. . .

Self-Theories facts:

Written and recorded in a backyard shed in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love in London and Paris and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London.

  • Three singles ‘One for the Road’, ‘Optimist’ and ‘Tunnel’ have truly DIY music videos. ‘Tunnel’ was filmed using a digital microscope, ‘Optimist’ had a cast of 300+ in a fish tank, and ‘One for the Road’ used vintage road-trip footage from the 50s.
  • Artwork for the album and singles was created by Elina Pasok. “When your world is turning upside down – step outside, change your perspective and have a look from a distance.”
  • Ten album tracks are followed by two previously unheard demos that conclude the LP on a vulnerable note.
  • Self-Theories is a follow-up to the 2017 Mechanics of Life LP.

What are self-theories? Many choices that may eventually lead to life-defining decisions are fuelled by our internal “self-theories“. We create and nurture stereotypes about ourselves from an early age, and these stereotypes shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviour for the rest of our lives. However, we are not what we think we are, we are what we do.We are our actions!

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