Plastic Glass are a 4 piece indie-rock band hailing from Sunderland, they take numerous influences and bring them together in an energetic way, perfect for live shows. The band consisting of Lewis Conlin (vocals), Dylan Abbott (lead guitar), Ben Richardson (bass) and Frazer Graham (drums) started off recording their debut single in Abbott’s bedroom and have built from there going from strength to strength.
Since forming in 2018 Plastic Glass have played capacity headline shows at North East venues such as Think Tank (Newcastle) and Independent (Sunderland) as well as supporting bands such as The K’s, The Spitfires, The Snuts and The Pale White.
Their single ‘Come Clean’ which was released in September 2019, recorded with Sugar House Productions (Larkins, Viola Beach etc.), has been championed by This Feeling as Track of the Day and It’s All Indie, as well as featuring air time on BBC 6 Music and BBC Newcastle.
Working with acclaimed companies Scruff of the Neck and This Feeling Plastic Glass announced their first run of UK live shows at the start of 2020 only for these to be cut short due to Coronavirus. Whilst working hard to reschedule the shows for another run at the end of the year the band have just released brand new single 'Let Me Know'.
This single is available for streaming now and, at the time of writing this, has only been out for one day however has already received airplay from BBC Introducing North East and Amazing Radio as well as being premiered as their Track of the Day by This Feeling.
Lewis is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and all round front man of the band. With his terrible jokes and witty personality he is the perfect front man. It must be said that Lewis is the most unorganised person in the world but even he would agree to that. Unlike the other three lads Lewis did not meet with them in school, he met Frazer and Dylan through a local talent competition - Genfactor. Lewis had entered as a solo artist singing, playing acoustic guitar, and Frazer and Dylan were in as part of Saturn Highway, eventual winners of the competition, whilst Lewis was also a finalist. One thing led to another and Lewis agreed he would like to join a band with the lads, roughly a year later we actually began to rehearse and Lewis became the singer of Plastic Glass. Lewis’ biggest influences come from his personal favourite bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Oasis and Queen.
Dylan is the lead guitarist of the band whilst also having a strong contribution to song-writing. Dylan met Ben and Frazer at secondary school and was involved in many bands with the two of them through his school years. He met with Lewis at the Genfactor competition whilst he and Frazer were performing with ex-band Saturn Highway. Dylan has been playing the guitar from a very young age and has so far achieved a Grade 7. He brings great influences such as Jimi Hendrix, The Stone Roses and Pink Floyd to his guitar playing and to his song-writing for the band. Prior to forming Plastic Glass, Dylan, Ben and Frazer have regularly supported Tom 'Mouse' Smith on stage at Kendal Calling, Sunniside Live and even had the opportunity to support the Blockheads, of Ian Dury fame, at Durham Gala Theatre.
Ben is the bass player of the band, also adding in out of tune backing vocals from time to time. Ben met Dylan and Frazer at secondary school and they introduced him to Lewis’. Throughout school Ben had played in bands with Dylan and Frazer and had always been a guitarist. When it came to starting this new band a bass player was needed and Ben was the ‘chosen one.’ His many musical influences come mainly from the indie scene with The Stone Roses, DMA’s and obviously The Beatles. He has also taken on the role alongside Dylan of essentially band management, responsible for sourcing gigs and driving a lot of the social media aspects of the band.
Frazer is the drummer and designated driver of the band. Another one who was at school with Ben and Dylan from secondary age playing with them in bands most notably with Dylan in Saturn Highway where they met Lewis. Frazer is a diploma level drummer and highly accredited in the area after winning the regional final of the Yamaha drum competition and going on to perform in the national finals. Although he struggles to stop playing between songs when people are talking he plays with inimitable aplomb during the songs. Frazer takes influences from great drummers such as Matt McGuire, Ben Minal and Luke Holland - and probably Animal from the Muppets!