Get ready for some straight up rock ‘n’ roll with a little blues and some funk thrown in just for fun. The music will keep you singing and grooving and you can’t ask for much more. Once the new EP drops this summer, I’ll be sure to post it so we can all listen to the new tracks…
The foot-stompin’ indie rock band Not A Planet has released a lyric video for “Tell the Truth,” the first single from their upcoming EP Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes. The Kansas City quartet will release the new record on September 9th and it will be their second full-length effort, following up 2015’s The Few, The Proud, The Strange LP.
“There is a place deep inside each person where we go to discover someone unstoppable, superhuman,” says vocalist/guitarist Nathan Corsi. “‘Tell the Truth’ is about going to that place.”
The East Coast indie sound of “Tell the Truth” incorporates a 60’s pop flare with a slick hook and crunching guitars. Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes was produced by Jacob Bunton and engineered by Jason Elgin. Mastering was handled by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Muse, Dr Dog).
“Tell the Truth” will be offered as a free download on August 12th to fans who sign-up now for the band’s mailing list. Pre-orders will be available soon for Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes.
Meet – Not A Planet
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
We come from all over. Nathan (Corsi) started by making some demos and booking a tour shortly after moving to Kansas City from NYC. Liam hopped on board a couple of weeks before that first tour. Will joined in a very similar manner after a number of bass players had spontaneously combusted. It was on tour as a trio when we met Nathan Showalter in Indianapolis performing with another band. When he moved to Kansas City from Rolla, MO we started hanging out and there was a lot chemistry instantly. He completed the lineup when he joined us in the spring of 2015.
who would you list as your musical influence?
All the Bs – Beach Boys, Bowie, Beatles, Billy Preston. We are influenced by the music that came out of the late 60s. It was often danceable, sometimes weird and steeped in harmonies.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
We opened for Peter Bjorn and John on June 27th which was pretty awesome. We’ve had the opportunity to play with a lot of really talented and renowned bands around the country. Last year we did a few dates on the road opening for Blues Traveler. It’s hard to pick a coolest thing because this band has taken us many places.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
We’d like to tour more and perform in more major festivals. Our hope is that our music continues to resonate with others in the way it does for us and that our audience grows. We want to share our music with as many people as possible
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Sound And Color by Alabama Shakes, First Impressions of the Earth by the Strokes, Road From Memphis by Booker T, Leon Bridges, B-Sides by Dr Dog, Yours, Dreamily by The Arcs, An Awesome Wave by Alt-J
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Social media platforms have actually been a pretty useful tool for us. They have issues though. Like how they limit your ability to reach all of your fans on Facebook without paying for post exposure. It’s a lot to keep up with, but in the end it’s another way that people experience the band so it’s worth it.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
We see the things people say, and it’s been overwhelmingly positive. There are always a few haters out there when you’re doing something right. We have thick skin; it’s a necessity when you put a piece of your soul out there for everyone to see.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Probably UK and Europe. Japan seems like it would be a pretty amazing place to go to as well.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Music is a transcendental medium. You can convey emotions and different energies simply with sound. It has been the people’s voice in political and cultural movements. Music has been a major part of every recorded culture in history. It may fall short of saving the mortal soul, but it’s a hell of a lot more than a backbeat.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Thanks for being fans and keeping us on tour and making music!
Jul 22 – Springwater Supper Club – Nashville, TN
Jul 25 – House Concert – Washington, DC
Jul 27 – Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY
Jul 28 – Blue Side Tavern – Frederick, MD
Jul 29 – Annabelle’s Lounge – Akron, OH
Jul 30 – Howard’s Club H – Bowling Green, OH
Jul 31 – Private Event – Muskegon, MI
Aug 01 – Skeletunes – Fort Wayne, IN
Aug 02 – TBA – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 05 – TBA – Madison, WI
Aug 06 – Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
Aug 12 – Spirit of KC Fest at Crossroads KC – Kansas City, MO
Aug 20 – Zerkapalooza at JB’s Downtown – Joplin, MO
Aug 27 – Midwest Microfest at Bicentennial Center – Salina, KS
More tour dates being added at Not A Planet .com