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The other day I was having a conversation with my 3-month-old daughter; I was explaining to her how happy music makes me sad and sad music makes me happy. One band that creates the kind of sonic gloom that puts a smile on my face is PLANNING FOR BURIAL – their 2010 record, Leaving, released via Enemies List Home Recordings, has been on repeat for the past couple of weeks in my house. From the very first song, “Being a Teenager and the Awkwardness of Backseat Sex,” this musical project had my number. It has everything that an awesome, somber song is supposed to have: slow moving melody that beams dark light onto insecurities. What also make this jam so rad is way it bathes your soul in this wave of beautiful feedback, and the guitar parts become rays of light that guide you towards hope. PLANNING FOR BURIAL is a master at taking tiny sounds and layering them on top of each other to make a wonderful audio tapestry of unknown secrets. The song “Wearing Sadness and Regret Upon Our Faces” is a masterpiece of despair; it starts off as a drip of nothingness, before becoming a waterfall with killer, spaced out, dirgy vocals that you can see your reflection in. PLANNING FOR BURIAL makes heavy music that seems light-hearted, but that is because you have to look up to see the grey clouds that are above you. The songs on Leaving show that it does not take a lot to create huge sounds that can move mountains – all you need is drone, feedback, distortion and an imagination that eats nightmares for lunch. PLANNING FOR BURIAL’s music makes me happy, which is good because I do not have time to be depressed. If you are in California reading this, you are lucky, because he is on a short tour…all of the details after the jump, plus killer live footage from his most recent New York show, filmed by (((unartig))).

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Planning for Burial – Golden from (((unartig))) on Vimeo.

Gloom For The Left Coast
We’ll be leaving for tour in about a week and half. Here is the updated information!

Friday September 23rd 2011.
First Church of the Buzzard
2601 Adeline Street
Oakland, CA
Doors 7pm Starts 8pm
All Ages
Swamp Witch, Negative Standards, Folivore, Cuetes

Saturday September 24th 2011
The Goondocks House
1905 Lehigh Dr.
Davis CA
Starts at 7pm
Donations Welcomed
Wreck And Reference, No Statik, Venetian Veil

Sunday September 25th 2011
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco CA
Doors 7pm / Starts 830pm
Pale Chalice, Bosse-de-Nage, Wreck And Reference

Monday September 26th 2011.

Tuesday September 27th 2011
Vacation Vinyl
3815 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

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1 Comment

  1. PFB

    September 19, 2011 at 6:25 am

    thanks! it’s crazy to think that this album is actually still getting coverage 2 years after the fact.

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