January 2, 2013

B-sides

Bubble gum

Matt Taylor moved back to Louisville in 2004, a talented musician ready to take the world by storm with his awesome band. Now it’s 2013, and today Taylor is a talented musician ready to take the world by storm with his awesome band. Are you ready this time, Louisville? America? World?

Plastic Bubble recently released their first full-length, Treble Treasure Chest, “indiepop music informed by the aesthetics of those great psychedelic albums,” like The Beatles’ Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn — “the more song- and production-oriented albums,” says Taylor, as opposed to “the sort of San Franciscan hippie stuff with jamming and all of that.”

“It’s very important to me that we make our music work well in headphones and be pretty vibrant and ornate,” he says. “I love albums that create a whole world you can spend some time in. But we are not saying that we have some magic world we’re taking you to, or that we have some mind-blowing revelations about life to drop on you. We’re just presenting a good time.”

His previous band, The Genius File, never broke up. Co-songwriter Ryan Rollins moved to Virginia, but the pair still work together. “So any collaboration we do via writing together or him sending us tracks from Virginia would just go into this new Plastic Bubble project.”

The new album was put together in pieces. Some were originally intended for the Genius File; some were begun on a 4-track and were imported on computer programs; random friends were invited to show up and add songs and opinions. Even a recording Taylor made in high school made it onto the final version.

Now 30, Taylor says, “It’s odd, since I was so used to being the youngest kid at shows and now, in some circles, I’m one of the oldest people there.” He still feels like the same guy, and notes wryly, “It’s good to keep busy during old age … I’m still younger than Bob Pollard.”

Find the new band online at facebook.com/theplasticbubble.