Photography: Nicoletta Kate

Dragging nostalgia kicking and screaming into the future, the two-piece are forming their own bedroom-pop bubble one track at a time.

Even with a somewhat obscure online presence to date, POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE are hoping to introduce you to what they describe as “fuck you” music.

The duo, made up of Tyler Plazio and Simon Quigley, have quickly carved out their own space in the bedroom-pop bubble, combining a mix of 80s nostalgia, indie-kid melodies and RnB decorations to offer a new perspective on the crowded genre. Their single All The Time, released at the turn of the year, is an echoing seven-minute anthem that mixes booming bass synths and dazzling guitars to create an all-encompassing soundscape. It’s the perfect reintroduction to the group, who opt to only have one single online at a time, in order to keep their online persona as intriguing as the sound they produce.

The group were thrust onto the scene in 2020 and the release of All The Time quickly turned the heads of experimentalists everywhere. But even their future-proof sound has its roots in something much closer to home. “My dad was really the first person to show me music in a cool way, if that makes sense. Like, there’s listening to music on the radio cool, and then there’s Mötley Crüe cool,” Tyler explains.

“I also remember watching Green Day’s headline set at Reading on YouTube. That was pretty much the day I told myself that one day I would headline that festival,” Simon chimes in. “I remember finding The Smiths’ Best of CD in my mum’s car when I was about 14. I’d never really listened to music seriously up until then. The way their music encapsulated the way I was feeling has definitely given me motivation to put out music that other people can latch on to and use to express their own emotions.”

“Music is such an important part of self-discovery”

The mix of inspirations plays a crucial part in the group’s songwriting, opting for fluid approach above all else. “Our songwriting is a mixture of everything, really,” Tyler states. “I think it would be difficult for me to make art that wasn’t influenced from a load of different places. There’s a track on our EP called K that is my favourite of ours at the moment. When I wrote that song I was really trying to experiment and write something like I’d never written before.”

But, despite the positive signs of the group’s recent success, there have been several challenges brought about by the unorthodox year. “Unfortunately, we haven’t really had an opportunity to do much live stuff,” Tyler admits. However, the group don’t seem to be disheartened as, to them, making music seems to take on a meaning that soars beyond the thrill of performing. “I think music is such an important part of self-discovery. Genuinely, I think I have learned more about myself through listening to music than I have anywhere else. Especially in high school, I was dealing with a lot of shit and I had all this anger all the time, and I had no idea where it was coming from. Listening to a band like Nirvana or Green Day or the Beastie Boys or whatever allowed me to start to put together why I was feeling like this, because they were trying to work it out themselves, they just weren’t afraid to talk about it.”

It’s a poignant perspective, and one the duo seems keen to deliver to fans through their work. “Everyone uses music as an outlet,” says Simon. “Being able to do this with the Collective and make at least one person feel like their voice is heard, that’s a great feeling.”

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 MINE is available now via 3 Beat Records.

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