“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is the make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day. – Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama” reads the inside sleeve of The Red Plastic Buddha‘s new record, All Out Revolution.
Reading this passage as the opening track Running on Empty builds on the phrase “This could be the day, dear”, I’m struck with thoughts of a band who are clearly making the music that they truly feel, the type of music that they find meaningful in some way in their lives. Not worried by the whoring of the music industry or the perversion of a band needing an “image”, The Red Plastic Buddha present a modernized, pop infused, rock n’ roll, slightly tinged with a U.K. hue that is simply really solid. The only words that ring through my head as the album moves on is “flower power”. Hailing from Chicago, they put a Midwestern twist on psych-pop grabbing comparisons from modern groups such as the Koolaid Electric Company, The Quarter After, Asteroid #4, and The High Dials. Released on the self start-up Space Cat Records, the album clocks in at a lengthy 50 minutes of blissful and thoughtfully crafted pop rock songs. With such brutal honesty in their music, The Red Plastic Buddha have created a solid record to lay back to, light up, and float away. Check them out on Bandcamp.