Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, Deaf Club, The Locust), Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera), Kevin Avery (Field Day, Retox) and Scott Osment (Deaf Club, Glassing) formed Planet B with the shared purpose of creating music subversive in sound and sobering in message. Their music lays somewhere just out of reach of genre, with aesthetics rooted in hip hop, hardcore punk, turntablism, and 70s-80s horror movie scores. It is catchy, heavily percussive, and eerie all at once. The band’s first self-titled LP showcased the band collaborating with artists such asKool Keith, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Martin Atkins (ex-PiL, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), K. Joseph Karam (The Locust), and Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair). The band has also released splits with electronic punk duo ADULT. and turntablist collective Invisibl Skratch Piklz. The band also formed an offshoot with The Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson, Lucien Greaves; this project is called Satanic Planet. Fiction Prediction sees a similar array of collaborators.
Planet B’s second LP has been a long time in the making. Obviously, over this span of time, there has been an almost unimaginable amount of surreality and insanity to pull from when creating the band’s unique hip-hop-punk-meets-sci-fi-horror-movie sonic aesthetic. As always, the sound is as confrontational as it is catchy, the lyrics scathing and the beats bizarre. Earworms abound. As with the band’s first release, there are a host of guest collaborations on the various tracks, from Josie Cotton to David Scott Stone (ex-LCD Soundsystem, Melvins), D-Styles (Invisibl Skratch Piklz), and more. Perhaps most personally meaningful are the instrumental contributions from Gabe Serbian (The Locust) and Eric Livingston (Mamaleek), both family to the band, who have each passed on from this dimension and back to whatever radical planet they came from since the creation of the album.