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STRANGE PLANES – ‘South Of OK’ Album Review


Strange PlanesNorth London punk trio Strange Planes have revealed details of their debut album South Of OK set for release October 31st through Bad Horror Recordings.

The twelve-track album opens with Harness and the band display a variety of influences on their sound as they craft a melodic, powerful, punchy and punky effort with elements of mathpunk and some hints of Weezer! On Headless Statues the beats are slower paced but punchy as the guitars and vocals create a spiralling sound full of intimidation and aggression – this one just rocks and East Berlin Comfort Zone has a more melodic atmosphere albeit replete with some excellent riffs and powerful wall of sound delivery!

On The Holy Book the booming bass leads into a stomping beat and when the guitars kick-in, the entire office goes wild as the track is full of controlled abandon with huge melodies…wow, and, oh boy, that bass!!! The almost four and half minute Fade has some elements of the Pixies with a slow verse driven by a brilliant bass and then some super guitar licks interplaying with a strong vocal – these folks are damn good!!! The bass gets even dirtier (think early Disorder) on Curse Of A Pistol and it supports a raucous Birthday Party type blues/punk song on Curse Of A Pistol whereas Authors has an indie-rock-punk feel with elements of Idles.

Strange Planes do not deal in short, sharp blasts with almost every song clocking in over three minutes and this lets them build songs, add sections of variety and package their craft creatively as they do on Darkness Here with some melodic guitar licks and urgent vocals and Torn Again moves to a swirling, mid-paced beat with chunky guitars, angst ridden vocals with a superb foot-stomping chorus.

Rest My Bones rocks along with some math-punk middle eight work helping to highlight the band’s tightness and songwriting chops and the second to last song, the title track, South Of OK is a humdinger on a pile-driving riff again channeling the Pixies with rumbling bass, pounding drums and neat guitar licks – the group vocal chorus just adds to the excellent song – WOW!!!

Closing with Dilute, Strange Planes package up a simply excellent album with an almost four-minute stomper that reminded me a little of early Green Day in terms of hooks, power and melody and it simply works – even the extended and melodic guitar sections. This is one fine effort that you should add to your collection as soon as possible – grab it at all digital outlets.





See them live:-

02.11.18 – London – Muswell Hillbilly Brewers (Album Release Show)

03.11.18 – Newbury – Corn Exchange

07.11.18 – London – New Cross Inn

15.11.18 – Camden – The Monarch

17.11.18 – Leeds – Bad Apples

21.11.18 – Portsmouth – Edge Of The Wedge

23.11.18 – Sailsbury – Winchester Gate

24.11.18 – Preston – The Ferret

08.12.18 – Whitchurch – Percy’s Cafe Bar


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