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Andrew Katz (Vocals/Guitar)
Charles Garmendia (Drums)
Matt Menold (Guitar/Keyboard)
Eduardo DuQuesne (Bass)

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It might be cliché to say that the mark of a true rock n’ roll band is that they play from the heart, but in the case of the Clear Plastic Masks it is exceptionally true. As the band’s moniker indicates, there’s not much to hide with one of the most talked about groups in Nashville’s burgeoning rock scene. This is the sound of heart-on-your-sleeve blue-collar soul.

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in (Detroit), met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold (Pittsburgh) and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne (Miami). What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound. Modestly, the way they tell it, “We’re just buddies. That’s the sound that comes out,” Katz says.

Attitude has been a fundamental element of rock music since its inception. It’s the one thing you can’t fake, and Clear Plastic Masks have it in droves. Trying to put your finger on exactly what is the band’s sound is near futile, like a game of musical whack-a-mole. Recalling the sneer and snarl of the Rolling Stones’ early R&B-influenced work, Clear Plastic Masks’ brief catalogue runs the gamut from mid-70’s New York punk (“Everything Nothing,” “So Fucking Real”) to Stax-style soul (“Outcast,” “Baby Come On”) to tight, almost ELO disco rock (“Dos Cobras”) to Lou Reed-style spoken word poetics (“Allen’s Song”) to more recent nods toward Nashville contemporaries like the Alabama Shakes (“When the Night Time Comes”). But the key word here is almost. Weaving through the ten tracks on their self-titled debut, the band dips into the well of American rock, soul, and blues, but never stops long enough to let one part soak in too deep. Throughout, the group swings seamlessly from soulful crooning to raucous punk and gnarled grunge riffs, and then throws you back to classic ‘60’s garage rock and near-‘50’s influenced sock hop rockers and ballads. Crispy guitar licks, floral backing keys, and a tight sharp rhythm section swell behind Katz’s soul-quivering vocals and poetic, story-telling style lyrics which peak in crescendo choruses that stab you right in the heart, and then hold you sweetly as you let the music flow through you. Simply put, it’s the sound of Clear Plastic Masks.

As quickly as they formed, the band began gigging around the city and soon set out on tours through the Midwest and down to New Orleans, eventually stopping in Nashville in December of 2011 and April of 2012. There, they recorded first a 7-inch and later a full album with Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter. In Nashville, Clear Plastic Masks found what they lacked in New York, a tight-knit scene putting itself on the map supported by a host of incredible bands. After several shows and recording sessions, the band decided to relocate in late 2012, becoming one of the first of now many groups around the country to spy Nashville as America’s next hot bed of authentic rock n’ roll. Summoning their hard working roots, the band continues to tour and earn new fans in each club in every city they stop in while remixing their demo for their first official full-length debut, a self-titled effort which will come out on Serpents and Snakes later this year.

Just two years into a promising road ahead, the band continues to build critical acclaim and stack up accolades. Ever nonchalant, Katz says, “What else are we going to do if we’re not doing this?” Give a damn and do it well. That’s the spirit of rock n’ roll. That’s the spirit of Clear Plastic Masks.
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Hear Clear Plastic Masks' new song "Outcast"

Brooklyn-based Clear Plastic Masks have unveiled their newest single, the simply titled "Outcast," which debuted on Southern California's KCRW.

bit.ly target="_blank">Give "Outcast" a listen here!

The band's debut album, Being There, is slotted for a May 6 release. Stay tuned for details.
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Clear Plastic Masks' EP out now, featured in NY Times

The Nashville quartet's self-titled EP is available now via Dine Alone/Serpents & Snakes. On the band's debut collection of songs, The">www.nytimes.com New York Times notes: "The churning, galvanic, righteously messy surge and crash of 1960s rock is their heritage, full of loose ends and live wires; they’ve got firm roots without settling down in the slightest."

Click">exclaim.ca to stream the Clear Plastic Masks EP

Formed in 2011 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, CPM relocated to Nashville in 2012 where they recorded their debut album at The Bomb Shelter. The 4-piece band is made up of Eddy DuQuesne (bass/keys), Charlie Garmendia (drums), Andrew Katz (guitar/keys/vocal) and Matt Menold (guitar/keys). In addition to CPM, the band-members recently launched a side-project with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, entitled Thunderbitch.

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The band's debut album will be released in early 2014 via Dine Alone/Serpents & Snakes. In advance of the release, the band will join Alabama Shakes on a series of U.S. shows this December. View all tour dates HERE.">dinealonerecords.com
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Stream Clear Plastic Masks' EP on Exclaim!

The Nashville quartet's self-titled EP digitally drops tomorrow, but fans can stream the "dynamic" collection of four tracks via Exclaim! ahead of time below.

On the band's debut collection of songs, Exclaim! notes: "Opening cuts 'So Real' and 'Aliens' get the EP off to an upbeat, garage start with raw rock guitars. The band strip things down for the balladic 'Shakedown,' which layers some jarring keys on top of a restrained arrangement, while sprawling closer 'Baby Come Home' finds the band showing off their dynamic range."

Click">exclaim.ca to stream the Clear Plastic Masks EP

Formed in 2011 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, CPM relocated to Nashville in 2012 where they recorded their debut album at The Bomb Shelter. The 4-piece band is made up of Eddy DuQuesne (bass/keys), Charlie Garmendia (drums), Andrew Katz (guitar/keys/vocal) and Matt Menold (guitar/keys). In addition to CPM, the band-members recently launched a side-project with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, entitled Thunderbitch. The band's debut album will be released in early 2014 via Dine Alone/Serpents & Snakes.

In advance of the release, the band will join Alabama Shakes on a series of U.S. shows this December. View all tour dates HERE">dinealonerecords.com
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Dine Alone welcomes Clear Plastic Masks

The self-titled debut EP from emerging Nashville band Clear Plastic Masks will be digitally released November 26 on Dine Alone Records/Serpents & Snakes. The EP features tracks that will be included in their forthcoming full-length debut, to be released early 2014.

Beats Per Minute recently premiered the music video for the EP’s first single, “Baby Come On,” who praises their " amalgamation of psych-infused blues, southern rock, and a hazy subsection of garage rock ." Additionally, SPIN calls the song, “So Real,” a “scorching garage rock with nothing to hide: just pummeling percussion, desperate yowls that recall Jack White before he became Jack White, and a whole lot of scrappy guitar fuzz that should please Black Lips worshipers…”

Click">beatsperminute.com here to watch "Baby Come On" via Beats Per Minute

Formed in 2011 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, CPM relocated to Nashville in 2012 where they recorded their debut album at The Bomb Shelter. The 4-piece band is made up of Eddy DuQuesne (bass/keys), Charlie Garmendia (drums), Andrew Katz (guitar/keys/vocal) and Matt Menold (guitar/keys). In addition to CPM, the band-members recently launched a side-project with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, entitled Thunderbitch.

In advance of the release, the band will join Alabama Shakes on a series of U.S. shows this December. View all tour dates HERE">dinealonerecords.com
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