My 2 Planets | Colliding Again

mtp logoBeing really successful requires a devotion to finding that one thing you do well, and we have a low threshold for boredom.



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Back when PLAYBACK:stl was in its infancy, we founders spent many a night at now-defunct clubs such as Mississippi Nights, Hi-Pointe, Enigma, and Firehouse, listening to, singing along, and cheering a whole slew of local bands. There was cohesion to the scene; we were all friends, we went to the same shows, and we spent weekends at many of the same parties. It was through this scene that we met Jim Ousley and My 2 Planets [ed. note: We’ve since suckered Jim into doing some writing for us]. Of course, we’ve all grown older and we can’t go back in time—but for one night, we can pretend…

What, in your mind, set My Two Planets apart from other local bands of its time?

I always thought that what made us unique is we just kind of focused on being ourselves and writing My 2 Planets songs. If we got radio play or if we would have ever won that ever-elusive record deal, it would have had to have made sense to us. Not because of any particular adherence to being artsty, but simply because we truly enjoyed doing our own thing. Being really successful requires a devotion to finding that one thing you do well, and we have a low threshold for boredom. We liked to mix things up a bit.

I remember the STL music scene of 10 years ago as being especially cohesive, intermingled, and friendly—a scene, if you will. Do you see the same thing, or do you think it was a one-time deal and is now a thing of the past.

There were so many good bands like Soul Kiss, Somnia, 12oz Prophets, and The Zeros, and I remember lots of us attending each others’ shows. I’m pretty out of touch with the scene now, but I hope it’s still the same. Everybody wins when musicians are supporting each other, and it makes it a hell of a lot more fun.

Why the reunion now?

Our singer, Eric Wulff, was working with Concert Master David Halen of the St. Louis Symphony on a show called Winter Song to benefit Innsbrook Institute. He invited us to play with him on that, and it was an incredible experience. We were playing with these world-renowned classical musicians from the Symphony, and we were just pinching ourselves. We had such a good time doing the show, it rekindled the desire to play together again. It’s also how we met our keyboard player, Paul Kriege.

As you all regrouped and began practicing again, what was familiar and immediate? What differed from the old days?

When we get together, our collective sense of humor goes straight to high school-level. So all the in-jokes are there, and I am usually the target, which I love. Eric is still on a constant caffeine rush, Joe Lange is still the glue that holds us together, and Jeff Faulkner is still checking Blues scores on his phone. Musically, our fingers remembered the tunes pretty well, so that wasn’t a problem at all. What’s different is that Paul is incorporating sequenced parts into the some of the songs, and it’s a blast. He’s super talented and probably somewhat sad that he’s slumming it with us!

Any chance of new music on the horizon?

We’re actually playing a new song called “Somebody Else’s Crusade,” which we’re very happy with. Eric and I got together with Paul and we put it all together in an hour and a half or so. The lyrics took forever for me, as usual. The plan is to record it this summer and release it as a digital EP later this year with some tracks we never “officially” released. I really wanted something new to offer at the show, not just the older tunes.

For those unfamiliar with M2P, what can they expect from the show at Blueberry Hill?

If you come to see us play, you will have a good time because we are having a good time. If you’re looking to come to a show to see a bunch of guys “shoegazing,” you’ll quickly be confused by the five goofballs you’ll witness rocking out onstage. We’ve been friends all of these years, and the bedrock of our friendship is this music. With the addition of Paul, we probably sound better than we ever have. Throw in a couple of surprise cover songs and the new tunes, you’ve got the ingredients to a rock ’n’ roll elixir that’ll keep you in your happy place for days.

Is there an opening act?

Blindworld Industry is opening the show, and I have known a couple of the guys since I was a kid. We were all in metal bands back in the day, playing the same clubs. I remember our bands would always ask to do shows with each other, because hanging out was such a gas. They’re a really good band, so I’m excited to share a bill with them here in the 21st century. | Laura Hamlett

My Two Planets reunion show takes place Friday, May 17, at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. Doors are at 8 p.m.; cover is $10.

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