Cormac Ferris, David McGurk, William Saunders, and Jedaiah Van Ewijk are Planet Hunter. The band named themselves on April 19. On the very same day, the Planet Hunter Satellite was launched into outer space.
The band released a four-song eponymous EP Planet Hunter which is a jet fueled rocket of sorts that contains a good amount of kinetic energy. They get going with “Celestial Tongue” and within about ten seconds I was thinking of Queens of the Stone Age. The band does however go in different directions and does tear things up quite well. I was loving the Black Sabbath type breakdown and at points I was even reminded of the band Swans.
On “Dawn of the Ants” the band goes into a dark pre-grunge vibe not unlike The Melvins. It’s sludge infested water with mosquitoes and leeches. The energy is more subdued throughout except the end where they crush it and push on the gas.
“Bitter Winds' ' revisits the Queens of the Stone Age vibe I recognized in the first song. I actually noticed the lead singer sounds like Josh Homme as well which is another factor as to why that band popped up in my mind. You could call this song the ballad of the group and it felt like the most dynamic. It’s like a mix between slow and fast energy which I thought sounded really cool. The breakdown seemed more like a build from a band like Tool. The way they use vocals was very inventive and unique. Great song.
They close strong with “Dynotrash.” It’s hard to pinpoint but I was getting more a classic ’70s hard rock vibe at times. I have to say the transition to the breakdown around the two-minute mark was just badass.
The band is off to a great start. I think shedding just a tad of their influence would be food for thought but I thoroughly appreciated how much these songs rock. I’m ready for more. Recommended.
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