Embracing the name of the bag used to store dead bodies in morgues, Plastique Noir (black plastic in French) was formed at the end of 2005 by ex-members of underground bands from Fortaleza, Brazil. Tired of their static scene’s limited horizons (i.e., heavy metal and hardcore), Airton S. Nepomuceno (vocals), Marcio Mazela (guitar), Danyel Fernandes (bass), and Max Bernardo (synths) decided to take advantage of the post-punk revival and prove that Brazil isn’t just about football and samba.
Aided in their effort by fifth member Sister Hurricane – aka an old drum machine SR-16, probably a long-lost relative of Doktor Avalanche – the band’s contemporary approach to the gothic rock / darkwave from the ’80s and the ’90s includes elements of death rock, industrial, ethereal, new romantic, punk rock, and even electro. This amalgamation of gloomy yet danceable sounds is the perfect companion to Nepomuceno’s ravings about myths and horror, morbidness, melancholia, and madness created by the conflict of the infinite passions proper to the human existential labyrinth. If you are fans of She Wants Revenge, Joy Division, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Cure, and Bauhaus, give these Brazilians a listen. I ensure you, this is not carnival music.