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Watch Soft Plastics' Video For New Single 'Day Job'

Watch Soft Plastics' Video For New Single 'Day Job'

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Lewis Ferris / Monday 9th May, 2022 12:07PM

Having the entirety of our editorial team (currently myself and intern Samantha Cheong) laid up with Covid meant our Friday release coverage last week was significantly curtailed, but there's no way we're letting the fab new single / video combo from Te Whanganui-a-Tara's Soft Plastics slide into the world without note. Recorded with production maestro James Goldsmith, the shoegazey whirlpool of 'Day Job' threatens to drag listeners under with lyrics unpacking harsh '20s realities of the nine to five (if you're lucky) grind. Made with support from NZ On Air, director Stella Reid's beautifully shot clip for 'Day Job' stars the band's Sophie Scott-Maunder (with Soft Plastics members Jonathan Shirley, Laura Robinson) in a workaday role she does her best to tackle with gusto — recalling such classic dark comedies as Man Bites Dog, as Scott-Maunder matter of factly goes about her morbid business...

"Day Job is a tongue in cheek song about disliking the mundane aspects of your job... 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.” - Sophie Scott-Maunder

“The thing I love about the sound of Soft Plastics is that it feels very 'Wellington'... 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 Reid

What Was That Thing? Live - Vera Ellen, Soft Plastics, Mirror Ritual
Thursday 12th May - Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington (from 7pm)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

'Day Job' is out now on major streaming services.


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What Was That Thing? Live - Vera Ellen, Soft Plastics, Mirror Ritual
Thu 12th May 7:00pm
Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington