Summer is laden with nostalgia. It’s the time of year people pack the most fun into their lives with parties, the great outdoors and the ole’ touring festival. As a kid it’s the time of year you froth for the most. It’s 7 weeks of unbridled fun. No school, no homework, just endless hot days to waste away. Those days just seemed to roll on and on, which makes it appropriate inspiration for the video for On & On, the latest single from PLTS.
Byron Bay’s PLTS take you back to your youth with On & On. Meat pies, bikes, dogs, swimming and water bombing couples, those were the good old days.
Hailing from the pristine coastal town that is Bryon Bay, the four piece have been keeping busy since forming in 2012. The boys have honed their craft well with the help of Nick Didia on their epic alt-rock soaked debut EP, released independently in 2013. Since then the band have supported the likes of Harts, Hockey Dad and Kingswood. Accumulating their experiences On & On is the first taste of new tunes since the EP, and it is a ripper.
Produced by JP Fung (Last Dinosaurs, Josh Pyke), the track continues to draw on the band’s strengths of swelling, anthemic vocals and muscular instrumentation. By far it’s the best track the band have released so far. So it may be surprising to find that the video for the song is quite an intimate affair.
The video follows two boys, wandering around town on a normal sunny day. Really, that’s it. However, there is a lot more at work here that gives the clip far more texture than what it lets on. First and foremost, one of those kids has one of the most awesome Power Rangers jumpers, it’s simply glorious. Now that matter of housekeeping is out of the way let’s look at our actual house. The lack of plot in the film clip is its greatest strength. We simply follow the pair as they wander the town and surrounding wilderness as they eat pies, throw said pies at buildings, climb trees, graffiti scrap metal and jump off bridges.
The appeal of the clip lies in the the familiarity of it all. Who hasn’t thrown water bombs at unsuspecting couples from a balcony? This is the day in the life of any kid who used their summer days to explore the everyday with their best mate, and always manage to turn the average quirks of a small town into something magical. The song elevates this feeling, the rousing nature of it gives the video an overwhelming sense of majesty.
The band are heading off on tour at the end of November, so if big, epic guitar jams are your thing then be sure to get down to one of the following dates:
Friday, 20 November 2015 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD
Friday, 27 November 2015 – Elsewhere, Gold Coast QLD
Saturday, 28 November 2015 – Warehouse Party, Byron Bay NSW
Wednesday, 2 December 2015 – Shebeen, Melbourne VIC
Thursday, 3 December 2015 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW
Friday, 4 December 2015 – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Sunday, 6 December 2015 – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD