Photo credit: Gabi Rankine
“This is not your cliche story, I’m sick of happy endings, they feel so boring” declares The Plane Sailors, singer Curtis Hooper, blending amusing honesty with hooky melodies.
Their fresh, frank and cheeky new single ‘Bell Curve’ carries undeniably catchy melodies throughout the two minutes, thirteen seconds of emo-inspired-indie-rock. The band’s introspective lyricism pairs with indie-influenced instrumentation, reminiscent of The Wombats, Arctic Monkeys & Ball Park Music, to provide a captivatingly motivational tune that beams a light on the good within the glum.
Honest feedback from their peers and each other was the truly defining element for ‘Bell Curve’. Reaching out to those around them, the band used this critique to shape what would become the final iteration of the track.
Recorded in singer Curtis Hooper’s bedroom, before moving to complete the session in bassist James Glenleft’s critically acclaimed spare room, the recording process was a period of growth and development for the band, within itself. A labour of love (with sprinkles of frustration), that ultimately resulted in a track the band could be immensely proud of.
“You’re likely gonna have to do a lot more for yourself in the studio than you think. Whether it’s adding in the extra layers, redoing your mate’s part for them that they hastily punched in on their lunch break, or spending time alone because the others forgot to show up to press the record button for you; it’s all worth it in the end.”
Joseph Floyd, The Plane Sailors
“We shared a lot of drafts of Bell Curve with people in the scene and took in as much input as we could. Getting varied, honest feedback was really important to us so we could produce a song everyone would enjoy.”
Curtis Hooper, The Plane Sailors
Accompanying ‘Bell Curve’ is a music video that became more than the sum of its parts. The band’s first time collaborating together with a new lineup, it was a chance to build the support for the incredible friendship and connection that continues to drive the band forward today. The video portrays the dichotomy of life inside singer Curtis Hooper’s head, an exaggerated version of reality surrounding him.
“It was really our first project we had all collaborated on together at the same time. The shoots we had were pretty much the foundation of the great relationship we all have now.”
Curtis Hooper, The Plane Sailors
Filmed by Brisbane emerging filmmaker Isaac Brandon, ‘Bell Curve’ was a wacky experience for the all involved, with Isaac directing the band to become comfortable with their weird side, embracing impulsivity and shenanigans.
“I had no idea what the music video really was so throughout the shoot I just kept hearing all these whack things like Glen being told to “ride the giant Curtis worm,” and it just got weirder as we went. Very confusing. 9/10 experience.”
Casey Ritchie, The Plane Sailors
PRAISE FOR THE PLANE SAILORS
“unique in their creations with diverse and bright sounding music…a tune that instantly puts a smile on your face.”
“Re-emerging this year brandishing their new sounds and direction though, The Plane Sailors have more than proven that they’re fired up and ready to go… a perfect snapshot of The Plane Sailors flying at a creative peak.”
“Here is a group making music with nods to the past, but with what’s coming next also firmly in their sights.”
It’s lo-fi indie-tinged emo with layers of bright and at times, lush guitars, drums that are not over-processed, and happy-sounding melancholic vocals. Underneath, there’s a big, bold rockier track that tries to poke its head out at certain points, but the band keeps it restrained and contained within their own sonic framework.
The Point Music News
THE PLANE SAILORS ‘BELL CURVE’ SINGLE LAUNCH SHOW
Thursday, December 16th Black Bear Lodge Brisbane