Preview: Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids come to The Joiners, Southampton

Preview: Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids come to The Joiners, Southampton

Isle of Wight quintet Plastic Mermaids will embark on a UK headline tour in November, bringing them to  The Joiners, Southampton on the 3rd.

With sets at Glastonbury and Camp Bestival under their belts from earlier this year, the band are looking forward to getting on the road again.

The November tour follows the release of the band’s acclaimed second full-length album ‘It’s Not Comfortable to Grow’, out now via Sunday Best. An emotional exploration of the many facets of heartbreak, the record sees the endlessly inventive Isle of Wight five-piece facing up to their dark side and was praised in a 5* review by The Independent for “Its compositional brilliance and, contradicting the title, proof this band are evolving in spectacular fashion”. It features the singles ‘Girl Boy Girl’, ‘Disposable Love’, ‘Something Better’ and ‘Elastic Time’, which received multiple plays on BBC 6 Music, including a premiere on Lauren Laverne’s show.

The creative force at the heart of Plastic Mermaids is Douglas and Jamie Richards, two brothers who approach life like an art project. Joined by Chris Newnham, Chris Jones and Tom Farren, together they put as much love into their band’s visual concepts and staging as they do into their unique brand of psych-rock and electronica.

For Jamie, a tech genius who insists on making a piece of equipment for every sound he imagines in his head, the last two years have been busy with building and marketing his Planetarium effects pedal — a machine that makes lush, swirling reverb. It’s been used by Bon Iver, War Paint, Kurt Vile, Grandaddy, Wilco, Chvrches, Bicep, Glass Animals and more, and he even gave an early model to Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.

Plastic Mermaids have attracted praise from the likes of Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, The Fader, Louder Than War and more, with The Independent praising their at 2022 Glastonbury set as “completely unique… a joy to behold.” (5*)

Having recruited the accomplished Ant Whiting (MIA, Lana Del Rey) to assist with the new album, the outcome demonstrates exactly what the band do best. Filled with catchy hooks, intriguing lyricism and fuzzy synths, all underpinned with the electro rock ecstasy of LCD Soundsystem or Animal Collective, the tracks are available to hear now HERE.

The full list of tour dates is:




Sat 22-Oct-22 – Cardiff – SWN

Wed 02-Nov-22 – Bristol – Rough Trade Bristol

Thu 03-Nov-22 – Southampton – Joiners

Fri 04-Nov-22 – Brighton – Mutations

Sat 05-Nov-22 – Margate – Elsewhere

Sun 06-Nov-22 – Cambridge – Portland Arms

Tue 08-Nov-22 – Birkenhead – Future Yard

Wed 09-Nov-22 – Manchester – Low Four

Thu 10-Nov-22 – York – The Crescent

Fri 11-Nov-22 – Middlesbrough – Westgarth Social Club

Sat 12-Nov-22 – Glasgow – Great Western

Sun 13-Nov-22 – Birmingham  – Hare & Hounds 2

Tue 15-Nov-22 – London – Village Underground

Sat 10-Dec-22 – St. James – Guernsey

Wed 01-Feb-23 – Guildford – The Boilerroom 

Thu 02-Feb-23 – Leeds – Oporto 

Sun 05-Feb-23 – Nottingham – Rough Trade Nottingham


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