DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Plastic Barricades

Devils Island Plastic Barricades

Devil's Island featuring Plastic Barricades.

Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.

This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we found Paul Love, drummer, producer and one half of London alt rock duo Plastic Barricades sat on the beach. Missing persons reports had been filed, we had seen no trace of him, yet today we find him washed up on our island!

How did he cope with life on Devil's Island? Find out now...

Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.

So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?

Paul: Queen Greatest Hits Volume 1. I know why. Dan knows why. You know why. The cat knows why. Ain’t no such thing as a bad time when that album's on. I don’t care if it’s a greatest hits. Who even listens to a Queen album that isn’t Queen Greatest Hits Volume 1? It is the only acceptable choice on a road trip and it never gets old. Everyone knows every word. We could spend months perfect our choral singing just by keeping Bohemian Rhapsody on repeat. It gives live meaning no matter where you are.

Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?

Paul: “Stripped” by Christina Aguilera. I would get lonely. She has a great… voice.

There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to chose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?

Paul: I don’t do ethanol so… Supermalt. The drink of kings. I live in Paris and they don’t have it here. Please send some. And kippers. The French don’t do kippers and I miss them.

Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. Whats the merch and for what band?

Paul: Jacob Collier reversible bear hat. Can be worn in three ways: Ears down bear hat, ears up Russian hat or inside out blue hat with stars. Practical and fashionable and Jacob Collier.

You're sat on the island thinking "I'm stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity"... who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?

Paul: Me girl. Awww. I would hang a different poster in this circumstance.

There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?

Paul: The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin start to finish at Alexandra Palace. That was an awesome gig. Deerhoof and Dinosaur Jr. supported and me and my best mate had the best time ever. I wish I’d seen The Mars Volta when Jon Theodore was still on kit with them, but c’est la vie.

You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the one musician most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?

Paul: Bruce Dickinson. He’s got a pilot’s licence and his own 757 AND his own commercial airline and Nicko is a legend (have you seen his new British Drum Co. kit!?!?!?)

You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?

Paul: Dan is a very kind hearted and selfless individual so he’d probably graciously offer himself and I would accept. It would be rude not to.

Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?

Paul: My friend and mentor: the great producer James Earp. He took me under his wing when I needed it and pushed me to the next level. He taught me how to be decisive and consider every little part of a recording and production to create something colourful and characterful and showed me what’s possible with a little studio and some 58s. I will forever be grateful and playing catch-up.

As we left Paul on the island waiting to be rescued, we wondered where Dan was. He was reported missing at the same time. Had Dan already been sacrificed in order that Paul survive?... We may never know.

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