By Jennifer Di
VANCOUVER — Smallcore band the Plodes are inspired by everything from Barenaked Ladies to Dead Kennedys. The group’s diverse influences, contributing to their scrappy and quirky sound, are attributed to the varied backgrounds of its members—each whom crossed paths at just the right time.
“When I was in high school, I started volunteering for CJSW [90.9 FM],” says frontman Reid Blakley, crediting the Calgary radio station for his realization that music was something he could really pursue. In 2011, Blakley relocated to Vancouver. “I ran into my friend Fraya, who I had met at a Zoo Zhop show, and her boyfriend at the time [Mat Turner], at a Starbucks,” he continues. “I was complaining to both of them about how hard it was to find musicians to start a band.”
“It was like a bad movie,” adds now-bassist Turner. “I just can’t find anyone to play my tunes. And I was like, ‘DUDE!’” Blakley organized a show at Downtown Eastside eatery LanaLou’s and, needing a drummer, called Turner; Fraya joined on bass and Alexa Fraser (who recently left the group) on accordion.
“I was in a band from Comox,” current drummer, Gemma Goletski, explains. “We got added to this battle of the bands that Joe Keithley [Joey Shithead] was putting on.” As fate had it, Goletski’s former band and the Plodes played the same bill. After Fraya parted, the Plodes were without a bassist and Turner, busy attending Nimbus School of Recording Arts, often left the band without percussion—enter Goletski. “Gemma started subbing in drumming, then we decided to switch Mat to bass. Just a couple days ago, Alexa decided to leave the band and now we have the current line-up,” says Blakley. But, he insists, “As long as I’m part of the band, I consider it to be the Plodes.”
The Plodes perform at the Backstage Lounge on January 21.Backstage Lounge, BC, British Columbia, The Plodes