Soft Plastics, made up of Sophie Scott-Maunder (she/her), Jonathan Shirley (he/him), and Laura Robinson (she/her), play with the idea of monotonous routine and channel it into shoegazey, alt-rock goodness.
'Day Job' perfectly encapsulates the tense frustration of succumbing to the nine-to-five system and leaves plenty of room for a little tongue-and-cheek. The video, directed by Stella Reid, reinforces the idea that it all shouldn't be taken too seriously.
“The song is ripe for comedy, and thankfully Soft Plastics had the same lightbulb idea I did - let's see someone with an utterly thrilling job who is just as bored of it as we are of ours. An assassin still has to get up in the morning, and they probably have paperwork. Or time allocated to disposing of paperwork probably. Either way, It'd be a unique watch to see the ins and outs of somebody with an adrenaline filled job." says Stella.
Photo by Lewis Ferris.
The group have toured extensively throughout Aotearoa. They have appeared alongside SILICON and King Sweeties at the Parrotdog Music Festival, opened for The Beths, and featured in indie festivals like Newtown Festival, Rad Fest, Welcome To Nowhere and Slow Note 2021. While they were cancelled in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns, it should be noted that Soft Plastics were booked to perform at festivals such as The Others Way and CubaDupa, as well as opening slots for Fur Patrol on their now rescheduled tour of Pet. We were lucky enough to have Soft Plastics perform as part of our What Was That Thing? series last year, and we think they are certainly ones to keep your eye on!
Watch and listen to 'Day Job' below.