Hotfoot swings from the cinematic rock of ‘Summer Breeze’, to the tender and emotional air-raid of ‘Wait It Out’, without skipping a beat while ‘Olé’ manages to be bold, personal and assertive but with a certain amorousness and swagger reminiscent of Tame Impala. The EP symbolises the band’s fight to stay together, as they’ve spent the last few years beset by external forces keeping the band from their primary passion – playing together. The songs are testament to that tumultuous time, and the band’s rebirth has made them realise they have a lot more to say.
Steve Forrest (guitar & lead vocals) recently announced his departure from Placebo in order to focus all his energies on Planes. The rest of the band consist of Char O’Lette (keys, strings & vocals), Ted Brunning (guitar & vocals), Ed Harris (drums) and Dan Sayer (bass & vocals). The band formed when Ted and Steve decided they wanted to create an EP with strong individuals that would stand out so they turned to their talented friends and Planes was born. The band are currently based in Brighton but hail from somewhere between Lancashire, Bristol and California!
When the NME first wrote about Planes in 2012, the magazine described their debut EP as “soft, bluesy country-esque ballads”, however, it is on their new EP, 3 years later, that the band have now found their epic sound, and seem to be hurtling forwards at breakneck speed.
Plane’s fervent and dedicated fans, who refer to themselves as ‘Pilots’, have taken the band into their hearts. Following a recent preview of ‘Wait It Out’ on Tom Ravenscroft‘s BBC 6 Music show, Amy Lamé explained that the BBC twitter account was “in absolute meltdown!” from fans showing their appreciation.
Frequently trending on twitter with their #AskPlanes sessions, and extraordinary live shows where fans regularly travel thousands of miles to attend, the band are excited to reward their fans’ devotion with their forthcoming EP, Hotfoot.
Hotfoot is released via Merrington Music and available to buy digitally on BandCamp.