by DJ Mätthew Griffin
Invaders from outer space or three guys with a few crackpot theories? Planetoid has now invaded our intergalactic entertainment solar system, bringing with them their own brand of way-out-there rock ’n’ roll.
Noise: What is your mission here on Earth?
Admiral Time: 2011 marks the release of The Abraxas Tactics, Planetoid’s insidious new multi-phase musical assault on humanity. These time-traveling extra-terrestrial overlords are bringing their unique brand of alien stoner rock to the masses in a collection of four EPs to be released this year. The first two phases, 1) The Kiss of the Magnetar and 2) Love is the Weapon are already available, and with two more on the way, Planetoid clearly stands poised to strike. Who are these bizarre alien invaders, and why have they come to our planet you ask? Perhaps it is best to start at the beginning… in the future.
3032: After eons of adversity and bloodshed, the universe was at the precipice of change. A new superpower had emerged, the Accord, a self-proclaimed beacon of hope amidst a chaotic spattering of dystopic worlds. Their goal, to unite all civilized species under one rulership and herald in a new era of harmony. Their influence had spread to the farthest reaches of known space, and all had succumb to their new regime… all except for the three of the most malevolent entities this universe has ever known:
Admiral Time on drums. Originally an aquatic organism, Admiral Time has fused his central nervous system into the husk of an invulnerable cybernetic exoskeleton. He is a scientific visionary, with an intellect so advanced that he has unlocked the forbidden secrets of bending space-time itself. When the high council on his home world of Hydros learned that he had been conducting these secret experiments, they launched an assault pitting their most powerful forces against him… and in the same instant the entirety of the opposition was slain.
General Ovatus Talieah on guitar. Infamous for being one of the most vicious and merciless warlords to ever sail the void. When his crimes of war became so deplorable that his own government attempted to court-martial him, he initiated a military coup in his homeworld in the eliptical galaxy of Nernernerderner. After establishing a military state, Ovatus went on to lead his race of shapeshifting plant creatures on a campaign of expansion, decimating any civilization that stood in his way.
Locrius on bass and voice. Banished from his home planet Neo Ionia, the dread goblin Locrius spent his early cycles in isolation imprisoned on a hostile world. After his eventual escape he found work as an assassin for hire, until it came to light that he was the progeny of the Sonic King, and that his siblings had cast him out in an effort to protect their race of bipedal avians from his influence. He founded a religious cult, the Church of the Overdrive, and with is garnered enough power to supplant his betrayers and take the throne as Alpha God.
Noise: What happens next?
Admiral Time: As the threat of unification encroached, our three anti-heros forged an alliance to fight against their mutual enemy, even though they were sworn enemies themselves. They stole the Accord’s flagship, the Planetoid, a highly advanced ship with an experimental propulsion system that ran on a very unconventional fuel source: live energy, the power of living souls. Using their newly acquired vessel they struck at the heart of an enemy, destroying a star, thereby triggering the formation of a black hole, and were subsequently pulled through the resulting dimension rift into an alternate past. They found themselves stranded, with no energy to power their misappropriated ship, in an unfamiliar realm wherein the only planet within sensor range possessing semi-sentient life was a small little blue planet known as Earth.
1971: the Russian space program Salyut launched Soyuz 11, humankind’s first successful manned space station. Capitalizing on this opportunity, the trio hijacked the station, and used the opportunity to enter the planet’s atmosphere. On Earth, they hid themselves from society and assimilated the culture. It was soon surmised that the true power wielded over the denizens of this world did not lie in the government, but in the media, at the hands of the world’s greatest performers. And so it came to be that Planetoid took on the guise of the most prestigious and influential force humankind has ever known, that of a rock ’n’ roll band.
Noise: What kind of sound does Planetoid make?
Locrius: Planetoid has developed a sound from beyond the black hole. It’s heavy, very heavy, but the band’s groove work is influenced as much from classic funk à la the Meters as it is from the original spiral architects Black Sabbath. Admiral Time’s mechanical fury at the helm of the trap kit has been described as “beating the drums like they owe him money,” and he has been likened to “John Bonham reincarnated as the Terminator.” Ovatus is often questioned about the location the extra limbs that he clearly must required to play his guitar at warp speed, and amongst some circles is known simply as “Green Hendrix.” Locrius has been accused of grafting Geezer Butler’s hands to his wrists, and sings with a vocal rasp that’s been referred to as “Jack White meets James Brown.”
Locrius: Their debut album, 2009’s Shadow of the Planetoid, is a chronicle of the journey that brought the ghastly tribunal from the future, through the past, to present day. With the release 2011’s The Abraxas Tactics, Planetoid is taking a non linear approach. For example, the hook from the song “Soul Power” was taken from an old Neo Ionian protest song against the invading plant-people of Nernernerderner, originally entitled “Blue Power,” reworked to fit with the bands current quest, the search for souls to power their ship. Having a barely functional time-traveling ship that can briefly bring them to alternate planes of time and reality have given birth to songs that are a warped vision of their past, like “Kiss of the Magnetar,” or a brief glimpse of the possible future, such as “No Escape.”
Noise: Tell me about the creation of the new CD?
Admiral Time: To record The Abraxas Tactics, Planetoid returned to New Alliance studios, the facility where Shadow of the Planetoid was recorded, and again conscripted Alec Rodriguez as engineer and co-producer. Much more time and energy have been invested than was available for their first album. They have pushed the boundaries of effect technology, taking guitar and bass tones to uncharted sonic realms with the prodigious use of octave and synthesis pedals. A more grandiose sense of instrumentation has been employed as well, including the layering of percussion and vocals, multiple guitar tracks using a variety of amplifiers and instruments, and multi-octave bass played through a leslie rotary speaker.
Noise: Sounds pretty far out. What is the live show like?
Locrius: Their live performances are truly a sight to behold. They exude the unbridled energy of angst-ridden extra-dimensional expatriates from start to finish. Massive pedalboards and stereo amplifiers bolster the onslaught of riffs, empowering Planetoid with the ability to produce a sound that seems far too large for a mere three musicians. Full wireless setups complete with headset microphone give the band total mobility, and the absence of mic stands at the front of the stage brings a visceral intimacy between the band and the audience. Add in a pair of beautiful hula-hooping slave girls, Lux and Harveena, the sisters of the psychedelic circle and you begin to understand what it is to attend a Planetoid show.
The conspiracy theorists have speculated that their live performances act an anesthetic for the human body, while the earthlings souls are taken to power the ship. Anyone who has witnessed a Planetoid show has left with a want of more, and maybe a little tickle in their anus. Comments like “It’s a complete experience,” and “Now I’ve seen it all” show the band’s ability to fully connect with an audience. Planetoid has been performing throughout the Northeast of the United States, and has begun plans of expanding their influence through touring, with the aural destruction of humans minds as the goal. The band has come a long way in a few short years, from playing in basements and small clubs to headlining venues as well as performing at the Freedom Rally on the Boston Common. The reputation is that Planetoid has an impressive live show, the realization is that Planetoid loves to perform.
Noise: You guys have a pretty good fan base.
Admiral Time: The demographics Planetoid’s fan base are vast, and their followers have proven to be as diverse as the band itself. Their music is powerful, and with one full-length record supported by four EPs it is obvious that the songs will continue to flow in abundance. With the help of Internet marketing, music videos, and subliminal messages imbedded in their recordings, the band’s influence is making its way across the entire planet. Earth has responded well to Planetoid, which is ironic since the band is doing its best to steal the souls of the listeners, so that they may one day power their ship home. Until that time their plan is simple: rewrite the history or rock ’n’ roll.
Noise: Last transmission?
Admiral Time: Befriend Planetoid on the Facebook Continuum. Purchase their intellectual property via the iTunes wormhole. Witness the re-writing of the history of rock ’n’ roll at planetoidmusic.com. These terms are non-negotiable. All who stand opposed will be destroyed.
Check out Planetoid on Friday, July 15 at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, in Worcester, MA.