Dropped down amongst the knobs and dials of San Diego, rogue avatars Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City) and Luke Henshaw (Penguin Studio) have created Planet B, with the shared purpose of creating music both mischievous in sound and sobering in message. The two have worked together in varying capacities over the years, most recently as contributors to the soundtrack of Asia Argento’s Incompresa which debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and featured Pearson as Charlotte Gainsbourg’s boyfriend. Planet B, however, marks the beginning of a full-on melding of these two preternatural minds, successfully integrating key aspects of both musicians’ stylistic strengths and playing off of one another with purpose.
The Planet B 7” single featuring two tracks, “Wrong Utopia” and “Join a Cult” and is being released November 27on Pearson’s own label Three One G, home of such acts as Arab On Radar, Cattle Decapitation, and Moving Units.
With Planet B, Pearson’s vocals and lyrics present the viewpoint of an outsider looking in at his surroundings, perhaps specifically regarding the ethics of punk and the music scene he has been entangled in for years. This is interspersed with Henshaw’s fantastical sci-fi accompaniments, and almost hip-hop elements often presented at times. Basically, the “Wrong Utopia” single has all the makings of your next interdimensional earworm.