If you do a Google search, a lot of things turn up when you search “The Planes”.
There’s a band from Belgium called The Planes who seem to be high off their collective ass, if the one track on their Myspace Music account is anything to go by. They claim to be a “music lovers cover band”. You can listen to them here (but I don’t recommend it).
There’s a group from British Columbia with a vocalist reminiscent of Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You can listen to them here.
And yeah, there are a ton of pictures of planes.
However, I’m most interested in a band that hails from Brooklyn that only formed just last summer. They’ve already recorded their first album, The Planes, a handmade effort on 1/4″ tape. Sure, it sounds rough and unpolished at parts, but the potential is there and you can hear it in tracks like Sleeping Contest and Secret Show.
The Planes definitely need to work on defining their unique hook that will grab listeners by the balls, but then again, they’re still a young band! I look forward to their future EPs with relish.
Sleeping Contest – The Planes (free download)
With twangy, abstract guitar chords, Sleeping Contest is a clash of sounds. It channels the roomy, loose-skinned drums of 60’s rock and pairs them with vocals teeming with compressed teen angst. One of the most lo-fi tracks on the record, it carries a direction that the band would do well to pursue.
Secret Show – The Planes (free download)
The opening riffs sound like the band is actually warming up for their own secret show. The song sounds like a swiftly fleeting ode to classic punk circa 1974 with its petulant lyrics and grimacing vocals.
Both of the above tracks and the rest of The Planes are free to download on Bandcamp right now, so grab them while they’re available.