Finnish Alt-rock five-piece Planet Case have released their debut EP, ‘Simple Thoughts’, via Soit Se Silti Records on May 24th, 2018.
Through the five-track EP, the ambitious band effortlessly combines anthemic arena-pop hooks, breezy EDM sounds and energetic guitars. Massive and unapologetic, Planet Case are comprised by university students Aleksi Yli-Sissala on vocals, Aapo Hakala on drums, Otto Nyyssölä on bass, Teemu Hakala on guitar & keys and Tuomas Kätkänaho on guitar. Recorded at the historic Finnvox Studios – nicknamed the Abbey Road of Finland – the EP was carefully laid down with the band playing all the instruments, sometimes recorded and produced live.
‘Simple Thoughts’ follows a series of single releases including the EP’s closing tracks ‘Universe & I’ and ‘Satellites’,which was featured on the Nordic Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, accumulating nearly 200K streams to date. Opening track ‘Average’ – produced by awarded Nordic producer Aki Sihvonen – was inspired by the lack of creativity on their Instagram feed and the type of attitude social media is perpetuating. “The lyrics are meant to encourage people to break boundaries instead of trying to look like clones”, explains the band.
Second track and lead single ‘Same Old Blood’ is a cleverly written and produced coming of age song, which features a twelve-singers choir adding a new dimension to the anthemic hook, the band worked again with Aki Sihvonen creating a future hit single. Elsewhere ‘Industrial Dust’, which in the band own words “represents the artificial things in life, the commercialism affecting our world and all the false mental images it creates”, was inspired by personal experiences as well as the band’s frustration with vexatious advertising on social media.
Bringing together a fresh take on alt-pop-rock and EDM anthems, Planet Case sit somewhere between the giant stadium power-rock of Imagine Dragons and the uplifting production palette of Matoma and The Vamps collaborations, making them Finland’s most promising new band. Having already gained support across key Finnish national radio, as well as notching up memorable live performances, including a sold-out show at The Circus in Helsinki, as well as some of Finland’s biggest music festivals including Lost in Music and last year’s Provinssi, the band is now ready to debut their live show on the international circuit.
Planet Case may just be getting started, but their debut EP ‘Simple Thoughts’ looks to firmly catapult them into people’s consciousness. Make sure to check them out now!