Sound — 9
People In Planes offer an alternative to pop punk clamors and dance rock grids. Their new CD, Beyond The Horizon has a copious amount of hard rock inflammable fuels producing abundant shares of voluminous crescendos buffered by softly winged melodic rock retreats. The band flexes it's melodic muscles with keyboard-moussed atmospherics fossilized by Ian Russell, and lunges rustling guitar riffs slabbed by Peter Roberts, all kettled in brusquely-ribbed rhythms managed by bassist Kris Blight and drummer John Maloney. The music portion is fabulously celled by these guys, but PIP's songs are more than just fine instrumentals. Lead singer, Garth Jones is equally fabulous with a vocal band that stretches out and constricts with perfect command over the breadth and movements of his registers. It's enough to totally base Jones' fame on his singing talent. The band's hard rock wax is wicked by Jones' vocal cuts which have a southern rock pitch in Last Man Standing, a rebellious punch in Vampire, a throaty clawing in Evil With You, and a soft melodic resonance through I Wish You'd Fall Apart. The hard rock decibels of Tonight The Sun Will Rise are backed by a series of long and short fuses that cause movements to advance and rescind systematically. The windmills of tingling effects and the faint drizzle of zapping cymbal strikes coursing through Evil With You' trace a '70s rock flint in the guitar burns, and the shimmery synth creases of I Wish You'd Fall Apart are cauterized by gently billowing rhythmic beats and soft flowering guitar cuts. The slow rises and elegant reclines of Know By Now weave soft curves and liquefied channels intercepted by meaningful bursts of energy. The melodic flow of the title track riles up and releases eloquently along the folds, and the battle worn acoustics of Flesh And Blood alternate between heavy and light showers beautifully. The ridges made by the guitar daggers along Mayday (M'aidez) shuffle the melodic deck between the moments of climax and those of lows. It's a fierce track with scenic atmospherics juxtaposed by rows of heavy guitar tones. It's the track that takes People In Planes to epic proportions and exciting new heights.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are sometimes self-reflective like in Pretty Buildings when Jones implores, I don't wanna feel this low again / I ain't gonna steel your flame again / I don't wanna feel Cos you know it hurts like Hell / So come out of the closet / And let's talk about it / You know it hurts like Hell / That's you in a nutshell. The song Flesh And Blood is an odd one with verses that recite a shopping list of items that are undesirable, I don't need a speed date / I don't want a rebate / I don't want the dinner and I don't want the dirty plate / I don't want your money / I don't want you hinting / I don't really want you to know what I am thinking. And sometimes the lyrics sound like riddles for the listener to figure out like in Get On The Flaw when Jones announces, We're gung-ho for info / We're kids to the cola / And we'll take over / Get on the flaw / What you waiting for / This life hold more / So get on the flaw.
Overall Impression — 9
Though many of the riddles in the lyrics went over my head, the album is excellent at orchestrating various degrees of choppy guitar riffs and spearing synths that are pierced by stringent beats. People In Planes create energetic rock with fierce riptides and cooling lows. The songs stimulate the senses, varying from stacked ripples to light showers. Watermarked by a handful of producers including Our Lady Peace's frontman Raine Maida, Eleven (Queens Of The Stone Age), Matt Squire (Panic At The Disco), and Dan Austin (Doves, Massive Attack), Beyond The Horizon is an album that you should be hearing more of in the coming days. It has the potential to give PIP their meteorite rise to stardom.