Planet B – Planet B

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Ipecac Recordings
Released: 2018
Buy Album: http://ipecac.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/joinacult/

Band line-up:

Justin Pearson – vocals
Luke Henshaw – programming

Guests:

Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon, Ultramagnetic MCs )
Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke, Pigface)
Nick Zinner (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Head Wound City)
Sonny Kay (Year Future, The VSS, Angel Hair, GSL Records)
Gabe Serbian (The Locust)
Joseph Karam (The Locust)
Becky DiGiglio
Jake Najor (Jake Najor & The Moment of Truth)

Tracklisting:

1) Crustfund (feat. Kool Keith)
2) [A] Not At All [B] Somewhat [C] Very Much
3) Join A Cult
4) Disease Control (feat. Sonny Kay)
5) Manure Rally
6) Mirror, Mirror, On The World
7) Big Karma (feat. Joseph Karam)
8) Brutal Evolution (feat. Becky DiGiglio, Jake Najor)
9) Never Let Me Down (Depeche Mode cover, feat. Nick Zinner)
10) Come Bogeyman (feat. Martin Atkins)
11) The Beginning Is Near

Review:

Planet B is the duo of punk provocateur Justin Pearson and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera, First Power Crew). As the founder of Three One G Records and a member of such bands as Swing Kids, The Locust, Retox and Dead Cross, Justin Pearson has existed in the underground for almost three decades.

The first track, “Crustfund” sounds like the worst of the Beastie Boys; mediocre song, lots of shouting and gets boring after a bit. I honestly didn’t even notice the second song starting, I thought that the first song just kept on going. Oops. The rest of the album kind of reminded me of stuff that I had people telling me was good back in the 90s when the whole electronica/industrial stuff was coming in waves and so much was just okay…like this. Nothing really wrong with this, just that it offers nothing new at all, just shouty vocals and beats that really just get boring after a while. Have a taste of one of their videos here, https://youtu.be/1zGSVedEnU4. Musically, this all reminds me of the Revolting Cocks/Meat Beat Manifesto, which normally would be good, but this really is just not going the extra mile. The cover of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down” really is not very good, a bit too demo sounding to me.

Something that could have got me excited, but instead just mildly interested me, but not enough to really care. This just shows that sometimes you can try just too hard, and still not succeed.

Review by:

Rick Ecker

 

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