“Sydney rock outfit PLANET have transformed into a cult-adored group quickly picking up pace in international waters.” – Pilerats
“The Sydney quartet serve up another seismic slice of soaring, anthemic Britpop inspired hooks and melodies.” – Gig Slutz
“Brimming with ’90s indie vibes.” – Hhhhappy
It’s 2019 – a dystopian present where all the big guitar riffs that once injected excitement and exhilaration into rock ’n’ roll have largely disappeared. Luckily the world has a saviour in the form of Sydney four-piece, PLANET, who today return with their roaring new single, ‘Reason Why,’ and with it an immediate rush of blistering guitar work care of its opening riff.
‘Reason Why’ premiered last night on triple j, with the station (already having championed the band’s previous single ‘Never New’) blasting the new track on Good Nights with Bridget Hustwaite – its undeniable musical hook and dreamy, ethereal vocals instantly connecting with the national youth broadcasting network audience.
“I wrote ‘Reason Why’ about five years ago,” explains PLANET frontman, Matty Took. “Lyrically it’s all about uncertainty, imbalance, mental confusion and being uninspired. Melodically, it is dreamy and flowing, which counteracts with the duelling riff that smacks you in the face.”
PLANET has already had a massive year off the back of releasing their last single ‘Never New’ via new label partner Dew Process. Alongside new music, they’ve mounted multiple international tours, played festivals across the globe, and performed a string of packed Australian dates.
Today PLANET (including frontman Matty Took, guitarist Tom Peppitt, bassist Jimmy Weaver and drummer Harry Stewart-Weeks) stand alongside contemporary artists like Hatchie, Alvvays, Kurt Vile and the Middle Kids as artists writing music with a modern sense of nostalgia that sweeps people off their feet with its beauty and sincerity, while also possessing the sense of fun and light that is undeniably pristine pop.
There’s a dreamy, ethereal presence that flows from start to finish in all of their songs (particularly in the wall of noise that washes over ‘Reason Why’), dancing between the shimmering guitar tones, the splashing cymbals and winding bass lines, as the buzzing texture of lead vocalist Took’s inimitable voice sings the kind of aching lyricism The Triffid’s David McComb would have been proud of – his words longing for lives and loves past with an equal sense of joy, humour and heartbreak.
Over the last few years the band has gone from playing local pub gigs to huge stages across the globe, having built a large international following that sees them pulling as many punters abroad as they do back home. And through that road dog work ethic, their reputation as a live force has grown with the venue sizes – despite still firmly being in the formative chapter of their career.
With new music and more shows planned to be announced in the near future, it’s no more evident that climate change is accelerating, as PLANET look set to continue to heat up.