“I worked at a liquor store all through college,” remembers vocalist Ben Cooper. “I was sitting there one night in a funk because of school work and a fight with my girl at the time. Every channel on TV decried, ‘The end of the world is nigh!’ I thought, ‘Man, I wish I had a Backup Planet where I could go and escape.’ It dawned on me. That’s what naturally happens when you play music; you’re transported somewhere else. It’s a shared experience where everybody goes together.”
Backup Planet, the Nashville-based quartet who write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge–recently announced their sophomore full-length album, Reactions, to be released Friday, March 31st. In support of the album, the band will hit the road and stop locally in Cleveland on Tuesday, April 11th at Beachland Tavern.
On March 21st, the band announced their partnership with Relix.com for an intimate video series, “The Backup Planet Album Countdown,” leading up to the album’s release. Each clip takes an in-depth look at the band’s evolution and recording process for Reactions.
“The last year has been quite a ride for Backup Planet,” says Gavin Donati (guitar/vocals). “From surrounding ourselves with some of the leaders of the Jam Band Scene to surviving a terrible wreck when our van was hit by a drunk driver, this album tells our story of overcoming adversity and taking things to the next level. We truly poured our hearts and souls into the album, and we wanted to share that with our fans through this exclusive video series”
The ten-track Reactions album was recorded at Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster] and showcases the band’s top-shelf musicianship and songwriting, which is spotlighted in “Little Mingo,” “A Different Life” and another album standout, the haunting and heartfelt “Sublimation,” that conjures up a simmering stew of impressive fretwork, percussion, and towering vocals. See below for full track listing.
BACKUP PLANET–Ben Cooper (keys, vocals), Chris Potocik (drums, vocals), Gavin Donati (guitar, vocals), and Blake Gallant (bass, vocals)–released their full-length debut, Element, during 2015 and have shared the stage with the likes of The Revivalists, Papadosio, and more in addition to headlining countless packed shows. Relix proclaimed them “On The Verge,” and one fateful gig led to signing with powerhouse management firm Red Light Management (Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Dopapod, Phish).
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