25 Nov 2020
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Planet Hunter - EP Review: Planet Hunter

01 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Wellington four piece Planet Hunter describe themselves as stoner/alternative/prog. Named after the Planet Hunter Satellite which was launched the very same day. Much like the satellite, the bands search for new alien life throughout the cosmos continues. In the meantime, Planet Hunter has just released their edgy debut self-titled four track EP.

The EP was recorded by the band inside a shipping container in Tawa. In my opinion a lot more music should be recorded inside shipping containers as it gives it an almost echoic sound creating another layer of interest. It enhanced the fuzz and “sludgy riff – fuelled rock” vibe.

The psychedelic thread which ran through The Killing Bear’s music has also made an appearance on this EP. Cosmic distorted sound effects and trippy lyrics come together with funky bass, guitar and drums. I went through a run of reviewing Cormac Ferris musical enterprises a few years back because I like his original concepts.

The band is made up of Jedaiah Van Ewijk (bass), Cormac Ferris (vocals), William Saunders (guitar) and David McGurk (drums). They have a diverse background in the Wellington music scene, playing for the likes of Balkany, Killing Bear, The Aviators, Mangle & Gruff and Aethea. It seems Planet Hunter has made a name for themselves with their “sonically disarming performances”. From what I can ascertain these guys put on an entertaining show.

Speaking of disarming. The Planet Hunter EP cover is out of this world and sure to offend. I like its creativity.

The energetic Celestial Tongue rips straight into it with heavy groove, catchy guitar and solid rhythmic percussion. Starting out with Cormac's deadpan vocals, this track soon morphs into something magic displaying his impressive powerful vocal ability.

Moving onto Dawn Of The Ants, I heard a grungy moody track with a touch of distortion and a fantastic trippy hook. The Tool influence can be heard throughout this EP but is particularly evident on Bitter Winds.

The final track Dinotrash left me feeling a sense of disappointment, not because it was bad but because it signalled the end of the four track EP and I could have very happily listened to more. Before the band has a conniption over spying the word “disappointment” in my review, rest assured the final track is as good as the other three.

Planet Hunter the EP is original indie music at its best and I can’t wait to hear what Planet Hunter the band comes up with next.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Planet Hunter

Planet Hunter came together in early 2017. After a year and a half of creating their own unique form of riff-fuelled rock, the band finally named themselves on the auspicious date of April 19. On the very same day, the Planet Hunter Satellite was launched into outer space.

It seemed appropriate; the satellite will search for new alien worlds throughout the cosmos, and the band will do the same.


Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Planet Hunter

Releases

Planet Hunter
Year: 2019
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Corinne Rutherford

Na Noise - Album Review: Waiting For You
24 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Low-fi Duo-wop group from Auckland Na Noise have just released their debut album Waiting For You, giving us an insight into their sonic, original approach to music. Described as the "Thelma and Louise of modern DIY guitar based music", they have created a sound which is a unique blend of organ, percussion, call and response vocals and a whole lot of fuzzy dark carnivalesque attitude.
Read More...
Album Review: Ida Lune
17 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
In 2013 Deanne Krieg (WHIM, Dawn Diver), Rose Blake (Blaek, Dawn Diver) and Anna Wooles formed Poneke/Wellington avant-folk trio Ida Lune, forming a strong bond over their shared love of harmony. The trio have released their self-titled debut album which promises to be a lush blend of three part harmonies, yet each bringing to the fore their own unique style of vocals.
Read More...
Emma Rose - Single Review: Happy
03 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Talented young native of Nelson, Emma Common (Emma Rose) has forged ahead with her music recently creating an EP of three songs for the final project in her degree in Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University. Happy is the opening track to her Elderflower EP, which due our early 2021.
Read More...
Bravo Bonez - EP Review: Love Blast Lounge
01 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington based musician, songwriter, and producer Bravo Bonez has just released his latest lo-fi offering, reminiscent of old school lounge music which is ironic because the title of his five track EP is called Love Blast Lounge.With the intention of spreading a message of "music, hope and love", Bravo Bonez music is a mix of post-punk, ambient, shoegaze and perhaps dreampop.
Read More...
Justin Sane and Huz - Single Review: Days With You
29 Oct 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Based in Auckland, electronic dance duo Justin Sane and Huz have recently released their latest single Days With You which follows on from the feel good message of hope It’s Not Over. Keeping on with spreading the good vibes, these guys have given us another easy to listen to tune with a dance element, creating that slight edge.
Read More...
Gareth Thomas - Single Review: Wake Up
07 Oct 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Kiwi artist, Gareth Thomas well known for his past endeavours with iconic New Zealand band Goodshirt, has released his latest single following on from My Dog on the upcoming 2021 album Bits. Wake Up is described as the "morning anthem for sleepyheads everywhere".
Read More...
Threat.Meet.Protocol - Single/Video Review: The Witch Trials
02 Oct 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Lurking in the shadows since 2011, Tauranga based Threat.Meet.
Read More...
Valere - Album Review: Colours
01 Oct 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based songwriter and producer Shana Llorando is electro-pop, RnB musical artist Valere. Recently releasing her luscious debut 13 track original album Colours, full of delightfully fresh and funky tracks, each one flowing harmoniously with warmth and honesty.
Read More...
View All Articles By Corinne Rutherford

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • THEREFORE I AM
    Billie Eilish
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
  • POSITIONS
    Ariana Grande
  • HOLY
    Justin Bieber feat. Chance The Rapper
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • LEMONADE
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
  • HEAD & HEART
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
  • SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
  • FADE AWAY
    Six60
  • WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVE
    Pop Smoke
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem