Battle of the Planets

Now this is an odd one. Having decided not to include any explanatory material, biography or even a list of names, Waxplanet’s three-track promo is equally enigmatic on the music front with a sound that is a distorted view of something familiar. A normality skewed by a hall of mirrors and with warping guitars and host of backing vocals.

Introduced by drums and slip-sliding guitars, ‘Battle of the Planets’ invents itself with an insane confidence that could be mistaken for genius, and vice versa. The vocal is a confident light in the dark, guiding the uninitiated through the unfamiliar territory with a strong melody.

Powered by a similar bouncing rhythm, ‘Yeah Right’, is slightly more attached to earth, but still manages to insert the moments of random that clearly define this band. This is also the case for ‘Streets on Fire’, which adds a touch of USA indie sound to the existing eclectic mix.

Had Weezer ever hosted a jam with The Eels in charge of songwriting and The Beatles supplying vocals and experimental substances, this could well have been the outcome.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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