“If you haven’t caught a live show from Sydney indie-rockers PLANET yet you’re seriously missing out. Their fans around the country (and the world) seem to know their songs note for note, joining in for mass sing-alongs and exaggerated air-guitar solos – the kind of scene normally reserved for the world’s most iconic artists in stadium shows, not sweaty inner-city pubs and clubs.” – Life Without Andy
When you hear the chords ring out on any PLANET song, you can imagine the leads from their guitars bypassing their amp inputs and instead leading on for 30 years – plugging into the generation of incredible ’80s and ’90s indie rock bands that defined much of the music we hear today. Whether it’s iconic Australian acts like The Hummingbirds, The Stems or Falling Joys, or their more famous international counterparts like The Smiths, The Replacements or The Lemonheads – the melodies, harmonies, tones and penchant for writing impossibly addictive choruses, courses through every fibre of PLANET’s music.
Today they stand alongside contemporary artists like Hatchie, Alvvays, Kurt Vile and 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, dancing between the shimmering guitar tones, the splashing cymbals and winding bass lines, as the buzzing texture of lead vocalist Matty Took’s inimitable voice sings the kind of aching lyricism The Triffids’ David McComb would have been proud of – his words longing for lives and loves past with an equal sense of joy, humour and heartbreak.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20
THE AUSSIE BBQ Reeperbahn Festival