Plastic Yellow Band has been compared to artists like Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay and John Lennon. While those are certainly apt comparisons, I have to admit that I dig lead singer Gerald Jennings’ voice a lot more than the guy from Coldplay who just broke up with Pepper Potts.
Tracks like “Lonely Place” off the album Breathe Air is beautiful, driving and melodic. The kind of track you’d see over a commercial for Ford or something. It’s a nice, slick track, perfect for hanging out around a firepit and drinking some beer. That’s the vibe I got off it.
I’d have to say these guys are most like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Maybe that’s too on the nose, but at the same time, it’s the most apt descriptor I could come up with. Jennings has a total Petty vibe going, and with the track “Nowhere,” that point really gets nailed home. It even opens up similar to “Free Fallin’,” which blew my mind. I love it.
Top to bottom, the album is killer. I found myself digging just about every track, with “Oil Kings” probably being the standout for me. The album is available for streaming on Spotify, so you should immediately jump on that, considering it’s the best music service on the planet and this album is boss-level.
I couldn’t recommend giving Plastic Yellow Band a listen more than I have. These guys rock, they make beautiful music with great vocals. I’d love to catch them live if they come around NY.
"Plastic Yellow Band - "Breathe Air"" is on sale March 1, 2014 from ISI MUSIC.