Pronn Takes A Long Journey To Plastik Lies
By Holly Day,
10, a young Martin Pronn found his father's guitar tucked
away in the back of a closet. Fearlessly, he dragged the instrument
from where it was hidden and from that moment on, Martin Pronn was
a guitarist. "My father, he was pretty much happy with me playing
his guitar," laughs Martin, recalling the event. "He had stopped
playing it, so he was happy that I had found it."
few short years later, after playing in a variety of bands, a 15-year-old
Pronn was playing guitar in the Canadian metal band Haze and
Shuffle, which was eventually signed to Arista Records.
Haze and Shuffle released the critically acclaimed "Get Your
Haze" before calling it quits, and Pronn struck out on his own.
He released his solo debut in 1997, "Dead Man in a Band,"
and soon followed it with the recently-released "Unsuperficial
just woke up one morning, and bang! Plastik Lies," says Pronn
of his new band. "That's where the name of the band came from. At
first, I used it in a song, the second song on the album, but then
I thought 'Well, this is my band name for sure.' That was the name
of a band I wanted to be in, Plastik Lies. I think it represents
really well our society now. So I stuck with it and I'm still sticking
with it," he adds, laughing.
songs on 'Unsuperficial
Madness' came together because I had a really bad breakup with
the mother of my kids," says Pronn of the album. "I started writing
all summer, the summer of 2001. I started writing songs and writing
and writing, and I didn't know it was going, but pretty soon, I
realized I had written a whole album."
album reflects the turmoil that Pronn must have been dealing with
at the time, as anger and frustration seem to be a driving force
behind many of these songs. The melancholy guitar riffs behind the
metal ballad, "Can I Fly?" perhaps best reflects the overall
feeling of helplessness that the voice that sings, "You look at
me as thought I'm a nobody," in the song.
as dark as they get, the songs all carry a strong thread of hope
through them, too, mostly through the power of the music. This is
guitar rock at its best, with driving percussion and bombastic power
chords, hearkening back to the days when music was recorded starkly
and harshly and felt as raw as a new razor blade.
don't write happy songs, but that doesn't mean I'm not a happy guy,"
says Pronn. "I like emotions, and for me, emotions are in sad songs.
It's sad to say, but it's really like that. I don't feel that it's
angry music, but it's right there. I'm ready to burn. That's all
I want to say about it.
me, music is a way of life," says Pronn. "Music is not just writing
music. You've got to live it, and that's why it reflect in my music.
When you hear my music, you see a guy that's lives his emotions.
If you don't do that, just stay at home. That's my opinion.
know a lot of people are thinking like me these days. It's about
time someone stands up and says, 'Hey, listen!'" He pauses for breath.
"You've got to know how to write songs first of all, you know? And
a lot of people write songs, and they think that because they've
know a couple of chords , they can write a song, but no, that's
not the way it works, man. You've got to live it, too. That's the
first step in writing music, is to live it."
or perhaps because of, his experience dealing with a major record
label in his previous bands, Pronn decided to release his own music
on his own label, Secret Society Records. "These days, you
don't have any choice, any freedom, when dealing with a major record
label," says Pronn. "A major record label doesn't give you any choices,
so if you want to do something your way, you've got to do all the
work on it yourself, and that means everything‹the recording, the
distribution, setting up the tours‹everything. If you don't do it
like that, you stay at home. It's really sad, but what could we
would love to be discovered on a beach, like the Doors or something,
but that's not the case these days. You've got to work your thing,
and you've got to be sure what you do. It's got to reflect in your
music. I don't know about the other bands, but for me, it was really
essential to record the album myself, to have control over the product.
think the title of this album really reflects what's on it," he
adds of 'Unsuperficial
Madness'. "I didn't want nothing superficial on it, and nothing
on that album is superficial. There's no tricky studio effects and
all that, there's no double voice. Everything is really on one take.
Music for me, it's like Zepplin used to do it, and Sabbath. It's
one take, it's 'let's do it.' So that's what I tried to keep with
that's the message behind this album," finishes Pronn. "Just, 'let's
do it.' Do your own thing, and do it with heart."
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