Planes Mistaken for Stars
Planes Mistaken For Stars formed in Peoria, Illinois in 1997, and relocated to Denver Colorado in 1999. From the outset, they were an artistic anomaly; carrying both a worn rust belt heart a warm midwestern soul. Collectively the band combined different kinds of musical rebellion; hardcore aggression, punk energy, and gritty rock n' roll spirit into their own special noise. Ultimately laying the blueprint for today's emotional punk rock resurgence.
From 1999 to 2006, Planes Mistaken For Stars released music on labels Deep Elm, Dim Mak, No Idea Records and more, before signing to Abacus/Century Media in 2006. After countless tours in those years with the likes of Converge, Against Me!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hot Water Music, the band flamed out and announced an amicable split in 2007. During that time members went on to play in Git Some, Bull Of Heaven, Hawks and Doves, and Wovenhand.
In 2010, Planes Mistaken For Stars reunited for The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, the band also reunited for a successful East Coast Tour. Since then, they have been quietly and persistently working on new music, due to surface on Deathwish sometime in the future.
Deathwish is now proud to announce the reissue of "Mercy" from Planes Mistaken For Stars, their much-beloved and highly influential 2006 album. Along with newly revamped packaging, this definitive version has also been remastered from the original 1/2" tapes by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege (Sunn O))), Modern Life Is War), sonically making it more powerful and textural than ever before. Produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Cursive) "Mercy" is a beautifully dark and melodious masterwork that is affecting in ways rarely experienced. Each of its eleven songs is a haunting yet hopeful personal tale, vulnerable but vicious in tone. Genre bending and ground breaking in their ability to intimately connect with listeners from all walks of life
All that matters in the grand scheme of things is the band is not directly comparable to what has come before them. But if we must: RETOX is an outcome of stagnant and boring western culture, as well as the self proclaimed counterculture, which has slipped into a sea of pointlessness. The band manages to detach themselves from what one might consider a promotional paragraph trying to explain what is not really important to the band themselves; such as a list of influences – they are influenced by much more than music, but more so by the world at large. The band has no goal for what the future holds. Sonically, the band's crude and primitive aspects make sense in this day and age. The band is a reaction to the world that the members and their comrades have lived in: shitty childhoods, bureaucratic frustration, and the overall justification of continuous war. That sensibility coupled with a modern artistic delivery, the music is educated as well as furious, and most importantly, blurring genre lines of punk, hardcore, thrash, metal and whatever else seems fitting to the critics. RETOX features members of some grand dick-sucking accomplishments, acts such as The Locust, Head Wound City, Holy Molar, All Leather, Some Girls, Swing Kids, Cattle Decapitation, Struggle, The Festival of Dead Deer, and The Crimson Curse.
Hesitation Wounds is the combined sound of different backgrounds and 5 hours of song writing. In May of 2012, the idea was to combine friends (some of whom had never met) from different bands and see what could happen in one afternoon. Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré), vocalist of Hesitation Wounds, commented, "I told Neeraj Kane (The Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File, Holy Fever), Jay Weinberg (ex-Against Me!), and Stephen 'Scuba' LaCour (Ex-Trap Them, True Cross), 'Let's write as many songs as we can on Sunday and record them on Monday.' Jay was in town and Scuba agreed to come out from Arizona for the weekend. What we came up with was three songs and an intro. We recorded them Monday afternoon with long time friend and always-available-for-my-stupid-shit, Alex Estrada. Lyrically, the songs are about witnessing the murder of a friend, the life and death of the inspirational underdog folk singer Phil Ochs, and the overall reality of life. Sonically, it's an abrasive / no strings attached outpouring of fast and heavy hardcore not far off from the bands we're already responsible for. We're proud of the outcome and we hope you enjoy."
"This is SV02. (because I couldn't live with myself having anyone else put money into such a capricious idea)." - Jeremy Bolm.