Going Places | People in Planes

“When that first came out, it changed our lives, really. To end up working with the same guy who produced it, that was a dream come true. But when we met him, it was just so natural.”

 

 

Think about it: People in planes are en route, suspended, “not where they come from, not quite where they’re going to,” according to Peter Roberts, guitarist and chief songwriter behind the Cardiff, Wales, quintet. “That’s kind of representative of destiny and being led through time to your chosen path.”

Don’t let the fact that they’re on Wind-Up Records (Evanescence, anyone?) dissuade you; People in Planes are indie-minded prog-rockers through and through. With a catchy as hell first single (“If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)”) and an album (As Far as the Eye Can See) that plays as the perfect soundtrack to driving beneath the stars, these five Brits just might be on to something.

Though Roberts and singer Gareth Jones have been friends for years, it’s still Roberts who does most of the writing. He explains, “[Jones] should be doing a whole lot more writing. The way he writes, he’ll just sit at the piano for like five hours, and he’ll come out of it with a great song. Write millions of different parts. Get a little anxious and freaked out and move onto something else. And then that results in kind of several songs being written in over a five month period. It’s quite strange.”

Strange, perhaps, but also strangely beautiful. In creating their debut offering, the two friends have already realized their wildest dream: working with producer Sam Williams, knob-twiddler behind Supergrass’s legendary I Should Coco—the very disc that inspired the two young boys to create music. “When that first came out, it changed our lives, really. To end up working with the same guy who produced it, that was a dream come true. But when we met him, it was just so natural.” Add to that a video recently directed by Joaquin Phoenix and People in Planes have truly got the recipe for success. People, get ready for People in Planes.

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