From Los Angeles, CA, Kid Planet is a grungy and dynamic group that brings raw guitar, strong vocals, and a fresh perspective to alternative music. Singer/Songwriter Hannah Gaskill formed the group with a desire to collaborate and take rock music in a new direction. The band’s now joined members include Dan Lacey, Chris Porro, and Steven Yaussi, in result it brings a large array of influences including Nirvana, Incubus, Deftones, and Bully to name a few.
This influence is evident in the group’s dark but demanding melodic lines that are paired with powerful & fervent guitar riffs. Kid Planet’s track “Halloween” is a very grunge-esque and base driven with influences of alternative rock. Vocals blend meticulously with the distorted riffs and heavy bass line. The track is unique in even just the instrumental itself where the mood is melancholy but simultaneously sounds uplifting in an ironic way. The buildup to the key c change is what makes this a powerhouse hit. The vocals really make everything solid and allows the listener into the storyline of the song. The production is great and allows for even more layers of the track to be unfolded by the listener. Make sure to check out their full EP “Most Days” on Spotify!
Listen to "Halloween" on Spotify and get to know the band below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi there! We are Dan, Chris, Steven and Hannah and we make up Kid Planet.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Around 2 years ago, when I first moved out to LA, I had a handful of songs written but I knew they were more fit for a full band. I teamed up with an old friend and recorded rough demos in a studio out here in LA. After uploading the songs online, I put out ads for local musicians. Steven and Dan were the first and only people that ended up auditioning for Kid Planet, because they were such a good fit. Chris, a lifelong buddy of Steven, joined Kid Planet earlier this year when we were in need of a new guitar player, and he's been an amazing addition to the group.
We absolutely love your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
Thank you! So glad you enjoy it. I wrote this song back in 2016. I came up with the main guitar riff/sound after a friend gifted me their flanger pedal. The song was sort of a "happy accident" from an afternoon of fiddling with the new sound. After adding the main lyric and melody ideas, I sent it off to the rest of the guys, who really took it to the next level. The song was pretty simple when it was first presented, but after everyone added their own individual parts, the song really grew into something special and it's become one of our favorites.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Halloween, and this time of year in general, always make me feel super sentimental. When I was a kid, I was terrified of Halloween. Whenever I walk into a costume store and smell that familiar scent of all the plastic masks and see those creepy, weird animatronic witches they always put by the entrance, I'm instantly reminded of that feeling I had when I was a kid. Now that I've (sort of) "grown up", I've matured to love Halloween and actually enjoy being scared. Overall, the inspiration behind the song is really just me trying to explain that feeling I get around this time of year. Both the good and the bad.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way of getting your music to your fans and why?
We're all music geeks in our own ways, so we definitely enjoy owning a tangible product. For our music though, we understand that most people nowadays stream music. We just wanted to make our music available for everyone to enjoy. We hope you dig our new EP Most Days (available wherever you find music!)
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan that hasn't seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
We've got a few things in the works for upcoming shows. Make sure to check the Kid Planet socials for all updates :). Our live shows are dynamic, loud and definitely a good time. We like to build you up and get you moving on songs like "I Don't Think So", make you real sad with songs like "Halloween", and then get you angry with songs like "They Never Call". It's an emotional rollercoaster, but we always make it a good time.
What's next for the band?
We really want to give Most Days its "time to shine", but we're always working on new music. Our next steps are to play a couple shows in the upcoming months to finish up a great year, and then get focused on recording our next round of songs. We're always writing and working on new music.
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