“Michael Plater should be out there touring the world and releasing a revelatory new disc every year…we're lucky to
have him,” (Mythologies album review, Robert Brokenmouth, I-94-Bar)
"Multifaceted and very emotional...bewitching...the album is very sophisticated and is simply a pleasure to hear"
(Mythologies album review, Gezeitenstrom Musik Magazine, Germany)
"Mythologies includes ten tracks and each of those can stand alongside the work of people like Hugo Race or Mick
Harvey...beautiful and timeless...Music that breaks your heart." (Peek-a-Boo Magazine, Belgium)
"Michaels warm, very melodious and deep voice exudes a draft of a special kind and creates goosebumps."
(Independent Sounds, Germany)
"Listening to Michael Plater's music, the names that come to mind are Nick Cave, Nikki Sudden (in his 'solo works'),
Lou Reed... Intimate folk-blues ballads, with an underground taste...a songwriter with talent...Heartfelt music from a
sensitive soul, surely. Very good work." (Sudden Art Music Magazine, Italy)
“The songs are ballads, stories and emotions…it’s almost as if the music is there to enhance the words, thoughts and
ideas. Lyrics of introspection and observation accompanied by great chord combinations and that vocal, is what really
holds my attention,” (Mythologies album launch review, Tote Hotel, Lindy Gordon, Feeling the Beat)
“Enigmatic Melbourne troubadour, Michael Plater…explores the dark corners of his inner world, wringing every last
drop of fascination out of his gnarled guitar,” (Americana Australia)
"Fantastic and melancholic songs, sung with his strong and expressive voice" (Mythologies album review, At Sea
"I love this track, so will you. The music bops along with an almost summery vibe, belying the sinister undercurrent of
the song ... splendid," (Pretty Maids single review, Made in the Shade)
“Michael has a way with his guitar style, he has this swaying, rhythmic melody, letting the tones and the flesh of his
sound speak, building in stages and degrees, moving so strongly that you think he’s about to curl into his guitar,” (live
review, Metro Hotel, Robert Brokenmouth, I-94-Bar)
“This album is intense, dramatic, scary, funny, amazing. The entire production is incredibly well made. Everything
works perfectly…one of the most original records released this year,” (5/5 Exit Keys album review, Vents Magazine,
“Whether solo or with a band, his sound has usually combined a version of Gothic, Southern alt. country with
something quite quirky and antipodean… Well worth checking out if names like Reed, Cohen, Cave and Waits
already feature in your record collection,” (4/5 Exit Keys album review, Leicester Bangs, U.K)
Michael Plater is a singer/songwriter based in Melbourne, Australia. Taking in various indie, art-rock, country, and
“noir” influences, his music has been compared to such artists as The Velvet Underground, The Triffids, Nick Cave,
Smog, Townes Van Zandt, and the Go-Betweens.
He has played at such music venues throughout Australia as the tote, the evelyn, the public bar, the retreat, the grace
darling, the metro, the crown and anchor, gasoline pony, the northcote social club, the edinburgh castle, thornbury
theatre, the grace emily, the vic hotel, the empress, the old bar, rics, the curtin hotel, the workers club and tago mago.
His early demos "Rented Rooms" (2006) and "Our Past Lives" (2009), sketchy blueprints of his later work, gained
airplay and critical attention in such areas as Spain, Italy, England and the U.S.
His debut album, “Exit Keys” was released in 2012. Featuring contributions from such legendary Melbourne musicians
as Brooke Penrose (Saint Jude, the Scouts) on bass, organ, accordion, and piano, Bill Deeble (Little John, Saint Jude)
on drums and percussion, and Caz Ganell (Laura, Clinkerfield) on cello, it received worldwide critical praise (in such
areas as England, the Dominican Republic, Spain, the U.S, Germany, and France) and picked up strong national
airplay on such Australian radio stations as Triple R, 3D, FBI, 3CR, PBS, 4ZZZ and Northwest FM.
In 2012 the band "Michael Plater and the Exit Keys" were formed. Consisting of Michael Plater (voice/guitar), Pierce
Brown (guitar/organ), Matt Palmer (bass) and Danny Martinov (drums, percussion), they notched up over 100 shows
and a bunch of live-to-air radio slots between 2012 and 2015. They released two singles, Traces (2013) and I'll
Wear That Crown (2014).
2014 and 2015 also saw the release of a series of solo singles - A Matter of Degrees (2014), the Officer's Mess
(2014), and Pretty Maids (2015)- all recorded at Headgap studio with Neil Thomason (Augie March, the Wagons).
His latest album, the critically-acclaimed "Mythologies," recorded between 2014 and 2015 by Neil Thompson, is out
now. The album features contributions from such local luminaries as Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth, Whirlywirld,
Equal Local), Rossco Harvey (Cabin Inn), Neil Thomason (Ricaine), Pete Azzopardi (the Coves, the Phantom
Hitchhikers), Matt Green (the Happy Lonesome), Clare Bligh, and Danny Martinov. The album was launched with a
show at the Tote Hotel on Sunday Jan 10th, 2016, and was followed with both a national and international tour
(Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Castlemaine, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Oxford, France, Italy, and
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