Sophie Scott-Maunder (she/her), Jonathan Shirley (he/him), and Laura Robinson (she/her) make up Soft Plastics, an indie rock trio based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, NZ).
Their music takes influence from 90s shoegaze, and 2010's alt-rock. Offering a masterclass in converting fuzz, noise and reverb into nostalgic garage pop hooks.
Today Soft Plastics share their new single Day Job, along with a music video directed by Stella Reid.
Playing with the idea of the nine to five, Soft Plastics deliver the doomy disco track Day Job, recorded and mixed by James Goldsmith.
"Day Job is a tongue in cheek song about disliking the mundane aspects of your job" says Scott-Maunder. “I think most people can relate, it’s about working, and feeling dissatisfied. Day Job shouldn't be taken too seriously, and the music video helps reinforce that.”
“The thing I love about the sound of Soft Plastics is that it feels very 'Wellington'" says Day Job director Stella Reid. "Their music has a detached irony, a cool dynamic vibe, and a little sense of self loathing."
“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."
"Stella and I have worked on a few projects over the years," says Robinson. "She comes from a theatre and performing background and so I found it very refreshing and energising to create work with her. Our previous work BURBS (the 2020 web series) highlighted the charms and quirks of the Capital. When we scouted for locations for Day Job, we wanted drab and corporate backdrops to create a world that felt a bit archaic. I like that we showed some of the ugly parts of Wellington."
"It’s a real pleasure combining my two passions – music and film. I feel super proud of the end result."
Before starting Soft Plastics, Sophie and Jonathan were part of psychedelic surf group Beatcomber. Following their disbandment in 2019, the duo regrouped with Laura Robinson on drums and quickly released an eponymous debut EP, whose songs were instantly playlisted across Aotearoa's Student Radio Network.
In 2020 Soft Plastics followed that up with the double A-side My World/Your Girl, and in 2021 released the single Loozer, and sophomore EP Soft Plastics Live at RNZ.
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.