Clear Plastic Masks is a rock and roll band fronted by Andrew Katz, an actor-turned-singer born and raised in Detroit. Katz moved to New York to study theater at SUNY Purchase. In order to pursue his acting career in Manhattan, like most artists, he had to work several jobs to make ends meet. "As an actor, I made enough money to support myself. When you're up, in a play that's working, it's the coolest thing in the world. And when you're down, you realize, you're getting wiped off the map and it's not even going to be a blip in the Post."
While working at a moving company, Katz met his bandmates - Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia, guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold, and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne - and Clear Plastic Masks was formed. They developed a devoted fanbase in their neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, playing at local performance art venue and antique coffee shop/bar Goodbye Blue Monday on Broadway. An opportunity arose to record their debut album with Andrija Tokic in Nashville, TN at The Bomb Shelter. The band went down to record and never moved back. "It's holy land to so many musicians throughout the world.
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