“Filmed by our mate Tyson Perkins at Sydney venue, Lansdowne Hotel. We chucked our acoustics in our pedals and amps. “You, Just A Little More” is a chilled ballad on our debut EP ‘Waking Eight’. Thanks to the guys at the Lansdowne and in-house soundguy Jeff O’Connell for helping us rig it up.” Matty Took
Up until now, PLANET have been harbouring the collection, only letting recent singles ‘Aching Dream’ and ‘Save.Sold’ out to breathe. As vocalist Matty Tookexplains, the release has been a long time coming. With their signature warm and full sound, and the soft and dulcet melodies of the likes of ‘Aching Dream’,PLANET also demonstrate a newer and more tenacious side, and everything in between, across the five-track release.
“We’ve worked with some great people and friends throughout the recording process, filming and artwork for this collection. It bangs off with a punchy number, ‘For You’ and finishes with my personal favourite, ‘You, Just A Little More’. It’s our first EP to be released and I reckon it says a lot about what’s to come in the next few years. We would love to drop album after album, every few months, but I doubt people would have the same connection to the songs,” Matty remarks.
‘Waking Eight’ EP was engineered by vocalist Matty Took, in addition to Lachlan Mitchell (Jezebels, Little Bastard), who also mixed the EP, with Steve Smart(Studios 301) mastering the release. Sydney outfit PLANET is the culmination of several years of trial and error in songcraft, performance and production. Matty Took (vox and rhythm), Tom Peppitt (lead guitar), Harrison Stewart-Weeks (drums) and Jimmy Weaver (bass) were first brought together by their shared love of music: old and new, foreign and domestic. Drawing influences from past and present the four-piece combine pop laden guitar hooks with soaring vocal melodies. The result is a sound which is reminiscent of Britpop but remains undeniably Australian.
Their follow up to ‘Aching Dream’ was revealed earlier this year in grittier single ‘Save.Sold’, earning the quartet a rotation addition on FBi and an abundance of glowing reviews, including the coveted title of I OH YOU’s Fresh Juice. Following its release the band announced they would be crossing the equator to tour the UK with Brit-pop/indie rock stalwarts DMA’S throughout May, where they will also play a number of headline shows (full dates below).
Having signed with booking agents New World Artists in late 2016, PLANET kept themselves busy playing a string of shows all over the country supporting British India and UK giants JAMES. They also made their debut on the Australian festival circuit securing slots at Festival of the Sun, Lost Paradise, Party in the Paddock, Blurst of Times. As proof of their ability to stand on their own merit, look no farther than their first ever interstate single tour. The boys played three shows in support of their single ‘Aching Dream’. Starting with an intimate affair at The Foundry in Brisbane, the band headed down to Melbourne to play a rowdy post-midnight gig at Yah Yahs before bringing it all back home for a sold-out show at The Chippo in Sydney. Over the course of this period the band have developed a tight and energetic live show which has on more than one occasion resulted in sweat drenched t-shirts and arm in arm sing-a-longs.
While PLANET remains, for the most part, a staunchly independent labour of love – all songs being recorded in Matty Took’s bedroom studio – the band employed producer Lachlan Mitchell (Jezebels, Little Bastard) to add his touch to their past singles as well as their debut EP. Dave Ruby Howe of Triple J has said of the band, “Every song feels like a step forward for them to the point now that they’re 10 paces out in front.”
Showing no signs of slowing down, 2018 is set to be a big year for the band.