PLANET B (THE LOCUST, RETOX, DEAD CROSS) REVEALS “MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WORLD” MUSIC VIDEO.
(Photos of Planet B, by Becky DiGiglio, hi res version here)
The new music video for Planet B‘s “Mirror, Mirror, on the World” directed by Dark Details has premiered. The clip is a cinematic slice of sci-fi/horror fun, starring Planet B members Justin Pearson and Luke Henshaw.
“The song is based off a weird narrative which has me communicating with a really rude algorithm. I suppose it’s part TRON-esque, part trying to address the lack of humanity we are currently experiencing in modern times, and ultimately coming to the conclusion that we are dragging the world on its ass.“
In Planet B, Pearson (known to many as a member of such bands as The Locust, Retox, and Dead Cross, and as the founder of Three One G Records) belts out electrifying vocals over producer Henshaw’s sonic feast of hip-hop, industrial, and film score influences. The sound transcends genres: dark, heavy, urgent, and anthemic, it is equally relevant in the contexts of hardcore punk and hip-hop.
Planet B’s self-titled debut album is out now on Ipecac Recordings and Three One G. Guests on the album include hip-hop pioneer Kool Keith, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Martin Atkins (ex-PiL, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), Gabe Serbian (The Locust), Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair), and more.
“Not many groups could fit abstract rap vet Kool Keith, industrial vet Martin Atkins (Ministry, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, etc), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner on the same album (besides maybe Planet B’s Ipecac labelmates Dalek), but Planet B do it and they make it sound incredibly natural. The album is sort of like a more psychedelic, more punk version of rap rock, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than most music that gets called that…”
– BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Justin Pearson has made his name with spazzy, noisy weirdo-rock outfits like The Locust, Retox and Dead Cross, but his project Planet B – a collaboration with hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw – might be his most left-field yet. The duo smashes together strains of hardcore, hip-hop, industrial and old-school horror movie scores… It’s head-spinning and head-splitting in the best way possible.”
“No less punishing than anything the Locust ever put out, only this time it’s the sound of a hardcore-infused drug rave… Planet B better get used to being compared to Death Grips, as well as fellow freaks Ho99o9… Luke Henshaw deserves special credit for making Planet B work. Few hip-hop producers could have harnessed [frontman Justin] Pearson’s bizarre tendencies, but he’s managed it and did so without losing sight of the chaos.”
“When Ministry and Killing Joke could be heard coming from the shadows like a thick fog. Planet B continue that tradition. Continue that rage against the unwanted, unwarranted and undeserved dystopia we find ourselves in”
– SCENE POINT BLANK
“Planet B is a rich tapestry of ideas and creative juices that have been allowed to flow with little to no boundaries put in place. What we have is an album that feels like it has come around at the right time with the right message and enough crossover appeal to get many a head nodding in approval.”
– GHOST CULT
“Planet B picks up the sonic torch from 90s politico-industrial hip-hoppers Consolidated and high-octane punks The Death Set and rocks and grooves while skewering President Tiny Hands and the American Way with barbed and aggressive lyrics. In fact, it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that it’s how 80s political punks the Dead Kennedys might have sounded if they’d dropped their guitars in favour of electronic noise and beats.”
– THE ARTS DESK, DISC OF THE DAY
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