California’s Silent Planet have announced their new video Visible Unseen. The track features on their latest album When The End Began, which dropped last Friday on UNFD
“‘Visible Unseen’ is about the epidemic of homeless LGBTQ youth — a statistically observable phenomenon where disproportionate numbers of LGBT youth are homeless in America.The song was inspired by heartbreaking conversations I’ve had at shows, hearing the pain of kids who have been abandoned by families and shunned by communities, simply because they don’t fit a traditional paradigm of sexuality. I call these youths the ‘Visible Unseen’ because this is a phenomenon that is happening around us, but often goes overlooked. So this is an anthem for them, and a challenge for us, to recognise an often-isolated, needing group of young people in our society.”
– Garrett Russell, vocals
Visible Unseen follows previous single Share The Body, which discusses the rise in opioid addiction throughout the USA. It anticipates their UK and European headline tour this month.
“Our first time in Europe was a handful of DIY shows that ranged from living rooms in Turin to black metal basements in Bratislava” explains frontman Garrett Russell, “It’s exciting to announce our first EU/UK headlining tour, because we honestly don’t know what to expect. We love the eclectic cultures that comprise Europe, and feel consider that these shows with Acres (UK) and Comrades (USA) will be something special. Each band really brings a different sound to the stage, and it should all come together to be a fun mix of genre”
Support will from from Acres and Comrades, and dates for the run are:
3.11 – Belgium Dendermonde Zenith
24.11 – UK Manchester Satans Hollow
25.11 – UK Birmingham Asylum 2
26.11 – UK Glasgow Garage Attic
27.11 – UK London New Cross Inn
28.11 – Germany Trier Ex-Haus
29.11 – Switzerland Aarau Kiff
30.11 – Czech Republic Brno Eleven Club
01.12 – Poland Bialsko Biala Rudeboy Club
02.12 – Slovakia Bratislava Kulturák Klub
03.12 – Hungary Budapest Dürer Kert
04.12 – Austria Wien Escape
05.12 – Austria Graz Explosiv
06.12 – Austria Innsbruck PMK
07.12 – Germany Ennepetal Christmas Rock Night
08.12 – Germany Ennepetal Christmas Rock Night
09.12 – Germany Leipzig Naumanns
10.12 – Czech Republic Prague Rock Cafe
11.12 – Germany Berlin Musik & Frieden
12.12 – Germany Schweinfurt Alter Stattbahnhof
13.12 – Italy Florence Cycle Club
14.12 – Italy Modena La Tenda
15.12 – Italy Milano Circolo Svolta
16.12 – Germany Karlsruhe Knockdown Festival
Silent Planet recently signed to UNFD (excluding North America) to release their third album When The End Began.
All creativity is a dialogue. Every song, painting, innovation or poem is just the latest statement in a conversation that is as old as human civilisation. And Silent Planet intend to add to this dialogue. Weaving together topics that range from historical injustice to the existential despair of modern life, Silent Planet have a message that burns with a hardcore indignation, while coupled with progressive instrumentation.
In the band’s latest effort When the End Began, frontman and lyricist Garrett Russell explores the obscure and mystical Nietzschean concept of ‘Eternal Return’ as it relates to the human experience. Haunted by recurring dreams of war, famine, and dead planets and further exacerbated by health complications and surgery, Russell was drawn to explore the concept of apocalypse in this latest batch of stories. When the End Began delves into instances of global and personal crisis – watershed moments between and within humanity – and aims to draw connection between the two.
1. Thus Spoke
2. The New Eternity
3. Northern Fires (Guernica)
5. Visible Unseen
6. Look Outside: Dream
7. Vanity of Sleep
8. In Absence
9. Share The Body
10. Firstborn (Ya’aburnee)
11. Lower Empire
12. Look Inside: Awake
13. The Anatomy of Time (Babel)
14. Depths III
Since their inception in 2009, Silent Planet have never looked for handouts. The band first gained prominence due to their vast array of intellectual influences, anchored by Russell’s masters degree in psychology and field experience as a mental health therapist. However, it is their remarkably intimate connection with their listeners that has become their trademark in the music scene. Perhaps no single event better speaks to their grassroots base than their surprise, underdog victory in the Underground Band of the Year category at the 2017 APMA awards.
With this third full-length release, the band have established themselves not as a mainstay in the genre, but as sonic trend-setters. Primary song architect and guitarist Mitchell Stark pushes the band into increasingly aggressive territory in this new release, accented by the distinguishably refined and progressive drumming of Alexrene Camarena. Furthermore, the album showcases a wide vocal array, thanks to the dynamic singing range of bassist Thomas Freckleton, who vacillates between anthemic choruses and contemplative verses throughout the record. In a genre fraught with cliche, Silent Planet have produced their most deliberate and cohesive effort to date.
When The End Began is further complimented by the talents of producer Will Putney, who, in his second effort with Silent Planet, has managed to capture the band’s aggressive live sound mix while retaining their more exploratory ambient elements.