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Live Review: PLANET release another gorgeous new single, 'Ship Won't Change'

30 September 2021 | 12:56 pm | Katy Chantharasy

Eora/Sydney alternative rock band PLANET have released another captivating, guitar-driven single ‘Ship Won’t Change’ alongside new video

Eora/Sydney alternative rock band PLANET have released another captivating, guitar-driven single ‘Ship Won’t Change’ alongside an accompanying music video. Produced and mixed by the band and Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters). The band has developed a cult following in their local scene, off the back of two stellar EP’s, ‘Waking Eight’, and recently their critically acclaimed 2020 release, ‘Maybe Someday’. Following the great music, they’ve performed in some of Sydney’s most famous sticky-floored pubs, including the Lansdowne Hotel, The Botany View Hotel and Mary’s Underground. With every release, performance and appearance, the band has won over punters with their whimsical, euphoric brand of Britpop meets Inner-West rock. 

‘Ship Won’t Change’ meets this ethos to a tee. It’s a heart wrenching ballad laced with acoustic strums, soaring harmonies and bittersweet lyrics. The song laments a doomed relationship and Matty Took’s impassioned vocals tie the track together as it eventually builds into a beautiful orchestral finish. 

The music video provides the perfect accompaniment to the song, it is a simple but sophisticated visual which perfectly complements the vibrant and dreamy feel of the track. It was filmed in Sydney’s Inner Western suburbs which, being home to some of Australia’s most compelling upcoming and established artists, provides the perfect backdrop to set the scene for the video. The warm lighting and golden hues mirror the distinct feel of a song which yearns to be blasted full volume on a summer’s evening. 

Lead vocalist and frontman Matty Took explains “‘Ship Won’t Change’ was a late comer to the mix (of album songs) - the song itself came together pretty easily as it’s a classic folk tune at heart. I sent the demo over to Tommy and he came back straight away with that vibey guitar that comes in the second verse. He added some cool synth and string sounds which were eventually tracked for real by Pete Whitfield in Manchester. During the mixing process, we wanted to add in harmonies - Lily & Grace from CLEWS came to mind straight away. They came round and nailed the whole song in like 30 mins... such great musicians. The lyrics are about being in a relationship but always feeling like it could fuck up at any time, so much that it makes you feel whack. The ‘ship’, being the relationship and trying to keep it from changing.”

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 Guitarist Tommy Peppitt adds “We’re all missing playing live - this video was a no-frills approach of getting us all together in a room and capturing the song in its most raw form.”