Review by Andrew Patterson
I’ve lived something of a sheltered life. I wouldn’t call myself prudish, but the world is large and I am small, and there is still so much to see and learn. Though, I can say with certainty that there are two things most people tend to look down upon in this contemporary world: incest and angular guitar rock. And this new compilation from Montreal’s Plastic Factory Records has plenty of both.
But that’s no reason to turn up your snooty, well-rounded nose at it. This is one of the finest label compilations in recent memory; it offers exclusive tracks from Montreal’s finest, as well as a handful of heavy hitters from across Canada. Also, they’re not, like, really ‘family’ family.
Furthermore, regarding angular guitar rock, here’s a thought: all the big deal angular genres (post-punk, math rock, hardcore, post-hardcore, certain strains of prog, etc.) were really serious. Those who look down on them would say a little too (self) serious. What makes the Plastic Factory family such a wonderful triumph is that its roots in angular guitar rock have blossomed beautifully into new strains. There is great fun to be had on Meet The Factory, explorations to be embarked upon, laughs to be shared. And, yes, licks to be savoured.
Highlights include Homeshake’s bizarro gansta-soul sleeper ‘I Don’t Play’, Freak Heat Waves’ tender cheek ‘Cradle Of Fear’, Monomyth’s alternate path to enlightenment, Freelove Fenner’s typically sweet stargazer, Play Guitar’s %100 jam, Fake Buildings’ sly alt. rock metafiction, Each Other’s tropicanada vibes, Special Noise’s leashed up barker and Mozart’s Sister’s disarming handout. But that’s only the beginning. I urge you to dig deep and be charmed to make the acquaintance of an exciting new label. Might as well put the work in now, because I have a sneaking suspicion that Plastic Factory will be pumping out at least two of your favourite records of the next five years.