Planet B plunge you headlong into an auditory fever-dream with their darkly disturbing sophomore album Fiction Prediction — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Birthed by the underground supergroup of Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, Deaf Club, The Locust), Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera), Kevin Avery (Field Day, Retox) and Scott Osment (Deaf Club, Glassing) — joined by a rich cast of first-rate collaborators — the dozen-track disc reaffirms the aggressively adventurous aggregation’s frightening mastery of music’s darkest arts. Subversive in sound and sobering in message, their sui generis creations exist somewhere just beyond the reach of genre, gene-splicing hip-hop, hardcore punk, turntablism, goth, industrial and ’70s-’80s horror movie scores in a malevolent Frankenstein monster of audio terror. It is punishing, horrifying and irresistibly seductive all at once.
“Planet B’s second LP has been a long time in the making,” they say in a press release. “Obviously, over this span of time, there has been an almost unimaginable amount of surreality and insanity to pull from when creating the band’s unique hip-hop-punk-meets-sci-fi-horror-movie sonic aesthetic. As always, the sound is as confrontational as it is catchy, the lyrics scathing and the beats bizarre. Earworms abound. As with the band’s first release, there are a host of guest collaborations on the various tracks, from Josie Cotton to David Scott Stone (ex-LCD Soundsystem, Melvins), D-Styles (Invisibl Skratch Piklz), and more. Perhaps most personally meaningful are the instrumental contributions from Gabe Serbian (The Locust) and Eric Livingston (Mamaleek), both family to the band, who have each passed on from this dimension and back to whatever radical planet they came from since the creation of the album.”
Noise-rock outlier Pearson and hip-hop producer Henshaw first became strange artistic bedfellows nearly a decade ago, joining forces with the shared purpose of creating music without limits or borders. The band’s self-titled 2018 debut LP featured collaborations with Kool Keith, Nick Zinner (b), Martin Atkins (PiL, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), K. Joseph Karam (The Locust) and Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair). They have also released splits with electronic punk duo Adult. and turntablist collective Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and formed the side-project Satanic Planet with Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves.