The Planets

The Planets

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The Planets are an indie dance-rock band from the Pacific Northwest who just want to make music fun again.

Biography

THE PLANETS

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
Drawing inspiration from a wide range of areas and eras such as the British Invasion, modern-day Britain, and Britain two years ago, indie dance-rock band The Planets describe their sound in six simple words:

"Imagine the 90s never even happened."

Combining the angular, stripped-down indie sound of post-millenium artists such as The Strokes and The Futureheads with the edgy, synth-driven swagger of 80s artists like Depeche Mode and the Talking Heads, as well as the youthful energy and skilled song-crafting of the 1960s British Invasion, The Planets strive to move their listeners, both emotionally and on the dance floor.

ABOUT THE PLANETS
The Planets were formed in early 2005 in Port Townsend, WA by childhood friends Yuri Tolpin and Gavi de Tarr along with fellow Port Townsendite Emily Peet. The other three members, Nigel Stadick, Ben Wasson, and Sean Vinson, were schoolmates of Gavi's and were inducted somewhat later. They named themselves The Planets, and each member aligned with a heavenly body: Yuri became Jake Mars, Gavi became Justice Jupiter, Emily became Jules Saturn, Nigel became Nigel Neptune, Ben became James Mercury, and Sean became Lex Pluto. Together, they work towards a singular goal: to use their musical powers to bring joy back into music.

LOST IN SPACE
The Planets released their first EP, entitled "Lost in Space", in August 2006 that consists of six songs, including their two most well-known: "Mafioso", a driving danceable number with a catchy guitar riff and its fair share of 'Oh oh's, and "The First Signs", a synth-laden guy/girl duet about love at first awkward sight. It speaks to their versatility, however, that not only are the songs all differing in style, but that each and every one is somebody's favorite Planets song. To date, they have sold hundreds of EPs.

INTERGALACTIC REPUTATION
-Featured in the UK music magazine NME as one of the top 5 unsigned bands on www.NME.com
-Reviewed and featured by British web-zine Infused; described as "subtly and brilliantly writen" and "the perfect blend of lo-fi madness and indie swagger."
-Featured on Blisspop.com's October 2006 Hit Parade
-Invited to play at Snodfest NW Music Festival in Mount Vernon, WA, the Higginson Festival of Music in Bellingham, WA, UpFest in Bellingham, WA, Club Pop at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA, and the Drammy Awards at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR.
-Played on KNRK 94.7 in Portland, OR and KUGS 89.3 in Bellingham, WA

Lyrics

Mafioso

Written By: Jake Mars, Jules Saturn

He thinks that he runs this town,
He pushes people around,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh
He thinks that he runs the show,
'Cause he's a mafioso,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh

You never hear about all the things you do;
The paper's yours, and the cops are too;
You offer defense from the crime in this place;
But it's your gang breaking the showcase.

He thinks that he runs this town,
He pushes people around,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh
He thinks that he runs the show,
'Cause he's a mafioso,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh

Your cousin Tony's in jail, you've assembled a crew;
They're gonna bust him out, there's nothing we can do;
We're gonna run you out, don't care if you're the Don;
We know it's gonna be tough, but what you do is wrong.

He thinks that he runs this town,
He pushes people around,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh
He thinks that he runs the show,
'Cause he's a mafioso,
Uh oh, Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh

None of That

Written By: Justice Jupiter, Jake Mars

Gravediggers own this place
Their house is made of bone
Tonight it's not so quiet
There's a party on the tombstones
The kids, they drink, they kiss on the graves
The dead, they wake, they start to misbehave
Thier hands shoot forth from the decaying ground
They grab the girls, the boys run back to town

You think you've got it all, well you should know by now
I'll be having none of that
I've got you set to fall, don't ask me why or how
I'll be having none of that

She's got a kind of wicked charisma
And it's pulling me close, pulling me close
She's got a voice like angelic melisma
Her lips taste like capuccino and primrose

You think you've got it all, well you should know by now
I'll be having none of that
I've got you set to fall, don't ask me why or how
I'll be having none of that

She's getting into quarrels and fistfights
And it's chewing me up, chewing me out
She's got eyes like sugarwater and twilight
And her stare elicits agitation and doubt

You think you've got it all, well you should know by now
I'll be having none of that
I've got you set to fall, don't ask me why or how
I'll be having none of that

Space Invaders

Written By: (Tolpin/de Tarr)

We are explorers on a mission that's the first of its kind
We've long been anxiously anticipating what we may find
And we're stepping down,
The first extraterrestrial scouts
We're scanning the ground,
And we're shocked at the read-out

We're not the first life on Mars!
We are invaders.
There's a microscopic ecosystem in this crater
We came here to conquer, we came here to terra-
Forms of life are special,
Would you like to be my special life form one of these nights?
We came here to conquer, we came here to terraform

We build our station and accept that we may never go home
To mark the dawn of a new age, a celebration is thrown
20 (Mars) months go by, a crew member gives birth to a girl
She's the first of our kind who's never set foot on our homeworld

Sadie

Written By: (Tolpin/de Tarr)

She's fond of Hemingway
His shorter works, she loves.
She owns two copies of Three Stories and Ten Poems because
She loves the smell of books,
The way they feel to touch
She sorts them daily but they're never organized enough

She's closer than ever to what she wants
But she's a relic of a different age
She's closer than ever to what she wants
But Sadie's not on the same page

At 5th and Alder St, a little library
She's finally working at the place she always dreamed she'd be
But the system's changing soon,
All of the books replaced by digitized transcriptions that take hardly any space.

She's closer than ever to what she wants
But she's a relic of a different age
She's closer than ever to what she wants
But Sadie's not on the same page

"It shouldn't be like this" she says, as angrily, she throws away four copies of The Old Man and The Sea
She allocates machines
To her, just novelties
Then grins, pulls out her favorite book,
And begins to read

She's closer than ever to what she wants
But she's a relic of a different age
She's closer than ever to what she wants
But Sadie's not on the same page

The First Signs

Written By: (Tolpin/de Tarr)

The first signs of your love
Were apparent before I even met you
You noticed me outside
The first signs of your love
Were apparent before I even saw your face
I was occupied

Standing there, so unaware
My future love stared
I was so unprepared

The first sign of her love:
She wasn't listening to what I had to say
She was staring at someone
She was caught, she was caught up
And it was looking like she might be in a trance
She started to run

Standing there, so unaware
My future love stared
I was so unprepared

The first signs of her love were when I saw her behind the girl shaking my hand
She watched us from behind
I know she saw him first
But he can't stop love after the first sign
What to do?

Standing there, so unaware
My future love stared
I was so unprepared

Discography

The Planets - Lost in Space EP

Set List

Our current set is 45 minutes, but we can add songs to make it an hour long. We play all original material.

Our 45 minute set:

Mafioso
How Was I To Know?
None of That
Second Guessed
Autolaw
Place Your Bets
San Francisco
Sadie