After an acclaimed first album recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio, Strange Planes return with a new 3-track EP ‘Deaf Rattle’, released on the DIY label bad HORROR.
When the London trio came back from their Chicago adventures, they wanted to write new material straight away while also focusing their energy on touring ‘South of OK’. In between shows, the band would get together to jam and hang out. It took some time for new ideas and riffs to emerge.
‘Great Expectations’, the main single from the EP, is built around that one driving bass lick that just came up one day. It was a band effort to see the completion to this song with an extra depth added by its lyrics.
Max Haggerty – bass and backing vocals – says: “I’d been listening to a lot of Jesus Lizard at the time we started on ‘Great Expectations’ and that’s how the bass riff subconsciously spewed out!”
Ellis Slater – guitar and lead vocals – says : “The lyrics of ‘Great Expectations’ touches on how I sometimes feel trapped into acting and feeling a certain way and how those assumptions push me into the exact opposite direction. Cause you know, fuck you.”
The two other songs of the EP – ‘Hello Cruel World’ and ‘In My Nature’ – were both written by Ellis and polished together by the band.
Ellis Slater says: “It’s important for me to know that I can throw a quick pop song together… It’s the bread and butter of my brain!’
The relationship between Strange Planes and Neil Elliot started years ago when Ellis Slater and Simon Lawrence – drums – were touring with Oxygen Thief – Neil’s band. They knew that choosing The Old Blacksmiths Studios would mean they would be well looked after in a relaxed setting. It didn’t disappoint.
Notable facts from the recording:
The songs were recorded live and over-dubbed for a natural feel.
When not recording the band played intense darts matches.
The band stayed in a budget hotel and it was below average, at best.
Ellis recorded the vocals hungover as fuck.
Deaf Rattle is now available on all digital platform (from 10 January 2020). An exclusive clear vinyl limited edition (20 copies) is available to pre-order now on bad HORROR recs.
A new UK club tour is to be announced for early 2020, including a show at the Bristol Exchange on 31 January and the support act of BANDAID BRIGADE in London.