The Purple Planet is a band from Brooklyn that formed in 2016 consisting of Jake Garrison (guitar/vocals), Aaron Peart (drums/percussion) and Adrian Morgan (bass/guitar/vocals). They already managed to squeak out an album entitled Chasing Infinity.
I was looking on their Bandcamp page and after reading what they said about themselves my expectations were through the roof before I heard a note. They say “The Purple Planet is here to push the boundaries of improvisation, poetry, spirituality and revolution.” Really? That's a tall order. My advice to a young band like this is to veer on the side of being taciturn. Let the music speak for itself because if you announce how prolific you are people will automatically cross their arms saying “bring it.”
When I actually started listening to their music I was immediately teleported back to my college days about fifteen years ago. Back then I was in Champagne, Illinois and bands like moe, Phish and string cheese incident were at their height. Around town local jam bands would pop up at parties. The Purple Planet felt like one of the local bands that would have a couple of stoned hippies dancing around someone's basement.
There is no denying their music fits nice and snug into the jam band genre. So the good news is if you are a fan of that genre then you’ve found a new band to groove to. They are in fact very technically sound and creative. If you heard jam band type music and never got into it well I can’t say there is much here that will convert you.
One thing that needs to be said here is that while the band does the standard type of noodling guitar solos there are a good amount of vocal hooks. The other thing I admired about the band is that their songs don’t wear out their welcome. I thought the length of the songs felt welcoming.
The band has been around for a year and I am impressed by their work so far. They are talented and still in the embryonic stage of their development. I would like to see if they can transcend the genre a little bit more in the next year as they mature. Overall, I think they are off to a good start with a lot of potential.
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