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The Planet The's studied goofiness could be really annoying if it weren't so obvious that they're having an absolute blast. They've been referred to as "situationist prog rockers" in their hometown press, and that's about as good a description as any; you could rephrase that assessment, if you wanted, and call them Portland, OR's answer to early Pere Ubu. On this skimpy (total time: 27:23) ten-track album, singer and guitarist Charles Salas yelps, warbles, and mutters while his two compadres give up the herky-jerky new wave funk ("Toledo Vader"), the off-kilter proto-math rock ("Man Called Wife," "High School Hands"), and the vocoder-driven faux-retro-cheesiness ("Arty Movie") with equal parts abandon and aplomb. Everything sounds just a little bit off-balance and accidental, and that's a big part of this album's charm. Listen hard and you'll catch some of the lyrics, and you won't be disappointed. Recommended.


Formed: Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from Portland, OR, the Planet The primarily play guitar- and synth-driven math rock that has some elements in common with new wave progenitors Devo and Pere Ubu. The trio of Charles Salas-Humara, Dave Huebner, and Charles Matze became a staple of the local Portland scene before releasing their 2003 debut, Physical Angel. Two years later their...
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