Interview: Matty Took – Planet

Planet plus Sometimes Sonny & Jade Not Jade play the Hotel Great Northern, Saturday June 23.

Hotel Great Northern, Saturday June 23, 9pm. Free.

Planet plans world domination 

Sydney outfit Planet is the culmination of several years of trial and error in songcraft, performance and production. Matty Took (vox and rhythm), Tom Peppitt (lead guitar), Harrison Stewart-Weeks (drums) and Jimmy Weaver (bass) were first brought together by their shared love of music: old and new, foreign and domestic. Drawing influences from past and present the four-piece combine pop-laden guitar hooks with soaring vocal melodies. The result is a sound that is reminiscent of Britpop but remains undeniably Australian. We caught up with Matty Took last week as the lads prepared to hit the Great Northern.

Planet is just back from a UK tour. Is there a notable difference between audiences internationally and Australian audiences?

Not that much in terms of vibe but mainly that there are three times as many people in the UK in a space that is thirty-two times smaller. A larger audience. 

Do you find touring adds to or subtracts from the writing process?

A little bit of both. When you have some time away from the studio, you feel like you want to be in one place recording and writing music, but this also adds a drive/inspiration for when you get back to get stuck into it. 

Rumour has it that all songs have been recorded in your bedroom studio?

The rumours are true. I have a cheeky setup in Redfern where the demos and most of the recording is done via Planet. 

You’ve released a lot of singles and now an EP. Is there an album waiting in the wings?

Definitely – just waiting for a chance to delve into our extensive bank of tunes. 

If a punter had never heard of you, what would you say to entice them to come along to a gig?

Verbed out drivey pop music with soaring melodies; we don’t take ourselves too seriously as well. 

What would you say is the defining element of the band?

Big riffs, solid melodies and raw lyrics. 

What’s the long-term and the short-term plan?

World domination and getting through this EP tour.

Check out what’s happening with Planet this weekend… Planet + Sometimes Sonny & Jade Not Jade | Hotel Great Northern | Saturday 23 June | 9pm | Free


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