Enemy Planes reveal tour dates AND eerie video for the brilliant “We Want Blood”

“We Want Blood,” the new single from Minneapolis’ Enemy Planes, doesn’t flinch from embracing a mournful, elegiac tone, masterfully capturing the sound of someone trying to see the light in the darkness, marking the passage of time. It’s the third track on their new album Beta Lowdown, which finds the group trafficking in downbeat and ethereal pop, fusing spare, guitar-driven music with elements of shoegaze, Massive Attack-style beats, and synth-laden darkness, as though Radiohead was covering songs by The Cure.

“Tripnotic” group ENEMY PLANES share the urgent “Bare Your Teeth”

ENEMY PLANES premiere a compelling new song and video “Bare Your Teeth”. The Minneapolis-based band describe their sound as “tripnotic” and “Bare Your Teeth” is no exception. Set on a bed of betwitching vocals, meandering bass, ghostly atmos, and propulsive beats reminiscient of In Rainbows-era Radiohead, it’s easy to get lost in its web of beautifully interlocking components.



The music of ENEMY PLANES drifts effortlessly between melancholy and menace, hypnotic and hysteric, heartache and euphoria. A stirring blend of haunting vocals, dense instrumentation, and driving beats yield a "tripnotic" sound that is distinctly their own. Although the band has morphed between varying iterations, it has remained unwaveringly the brain child of songwriter/vocalist Yësac throughout. “All flowery adjectives aside, ENEMY PLANES was started based on a pretty simple idea, create music that we truly love. If we can feel like we’re doing something we truly believe in at that moment, that’s all I really care about, and if any part of it changes changes over time, that’s ok too as long as it feels right.” ~Yësac

ENEMY PLANES’ debut album, Beta Lowdown, is no small feat. The songs are deep, rich and intricate, twisting through a vast trove of knowledge and innovation to create a monolith on the contemporary aural landscape. Yësac’s evocative and soaring vocals convey subtly dark, yet thought-provoking lyrics that only add to the “trip-notic” sonic fusion. Co-produced by Duane Lundy (ShangriLa Studios) and frontman Yësac, Beta Lowdown is an experiment in juxtaposition. Lundy, known largely for his work with artists such as Sturgill Simpson and Jim James, might not seem like the obvious choice for a band that operates pretty far from the folk/americana side of the spectrum. Yësac puts it like this: “No matter how finished an idea may seem, I’m always looking for a way to fuck it up and turn it into something that just maybe, even in the smallest of ways, hasn’t quite been heard before, that’s what interests me the most. So working on what was very much a synth/beat driven body of work at it’s core with a producer like Duane, seemed to fit the bill.” 

After spending most of 2013 and 2014 on the road supporting legendary underground act the Meat Puppets, Yësac decided to sign up ENEMY PLANES for the 2015 Hard Rock Rising Global Band Competition, a decision which seemed to have everyone, bandmates included, scratching their heads. After besting 13,000+ entrants worldwide, the band was flown to Barcelona, Spain to compete in the final six before a panel of celebrity and industry “who’s who” judges, ultimately winning first place and opening the doors to share the stage with such acts as Kings of Leon, Lenny Kravitz, Avicii and a slew of other opportunities upon their return to the States. In a follow up interview with Spin Magazine, Yësac was asked why the band decided to enter a battle of the bands at this stage in their career: “I like to keep ‘em guessing, everyone else that thought they were too cool to enter a battle of the bands didn’t get a free trip to Spain now did they?”

Currently ENEMY PLANES is working on their follow up full length LP in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), NY at Foxhole with producer Justin Craig, release date TBA. 


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Artist: Enemy Planes / Album: Beta Lowdown / Grade: A
It’s confusing but utterly marvelous stuff, maintaining a truly mysterious and spacey mood throughout. And it can’t be really compared to anything else, which is a hell of a thing in 2016, amirite?
It’s genuinely haunting—the music lingers with you long after the notes fade, impressing its discomfiting lyrics and melodies onto your brain.
Set on a bed of betwitching vocals, meandering bass, ghostly atmos, and propulsive beats reminiscient of In Rainbows-era Radiohead, it’s easy to get lost in [“Bare Your Teeth’s”] web of beautifully interlocking components.
— The Line of Best Fit
Enemy Planes, a tight indie-rock outfit from Minnesota. Echoes of M83, Foster the People, and acid jazz created a canvas for frontman Casey Call’s vocal lines to float above a sonic storm. The band cast spells on its audience, aided by their futuristic use of traditional electric lap-steel sounds. As they gave up the stage, Enemy Planes left a final note hanging as a postscript to a beguiling set, delivered with precision and conviction by a kick-ass band.
Aside from the occasional “‘Who is this?’ ‘Who are they?’ ‘What’s their name?’ —the ‘city that never sleeps’ ran out of things to say for a solid 45 minutes. All we could do was listen. ...In six months this band will be everywhere...
An impressive array of music hit Target Field on Friday night for Go Fest ‘15. Photographers Mike Madison and Darin Kamnetz were on site to document Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Yelawolf, MS MR, Big Data, Meg Myers, Allan Kingdom, and Enemy Planes performing with the Minneapolis skyline behind them.
Twin Cities indie-rockers shrugged off any hipster idealogy and have been duly rewarded as a result. The Radiohead-flavored sexted is headed to Barcelona later this month entirely at the expense of Hard Rock Cafe after being named one of six finalists - out of a purported 13,000 entries - in a battle of the bands taking place July 23 during Spain’s Hard Rock Rising festival, featuring Kings of Leon and Avicii.
If we’re to believe the hamburger/memorabilia magnates at Hard Rock Cafe, the world’s best new band is from Minneapolis. Yesterday local group Enemy Planes bested five other acts from New York, Kentucky, Scotland, Argentina, and Japan in the final round of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands contest. More than 13,000 bands entered the worldwide battle, which culminated at the Hard Rock Cafe in Barcelona.
Wanna know what the next big Minneapolis band is? Ten bucks it’s Enemy Planes, a moody little band that sounds like the best Brit-obsessed psych band from 1985 crossed with skittering modern indie with a touch of lo-fi electronics stirred in. Their forthcoming album, Beta Lowdown, is filled with mysterious little songs with a dark heart, and is as good as anything “local” you’ve heard in the last couple years, though don’t expect ‘em to stay contained by our fair cities for long. Dunno much about them other than that they feature Shön Troth (formerly of Solid Gold) and members of Pictures of Then — and that anonymity is the way they seem to like it, at least so far, despite a star-making turn at SXSW last year.
Enemy Planes formed out of the ashes of the acclaimed Minneapolis indie rock quartet, Pictures Of Then, and are set to release their debut album, Beta Lowdown, sometime in early 2013. The first taste from the new record is a dynamic one, as the hypnotic pulse of “We Want Blood” is a promising teaser of what is to come from the band. The video, directed by the distinguished Tobias Strech (Radiohead, Efterklang, Post War Years) is a striking, somber glimpse of the devastating destruction levied by hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The clip was shot in Coney Island in the direct aftermath of the storm, and it provides haunting visuals that serve to enhance the desperation of the highly evocative song itself.
In this day and age, discovering an amazing new band is kind of like spotting a unicorn. At first you can’t believe it’s real. Then, you have to keep following it to find out a. why it’s here and b. where it’s going. This, my dear readers, is exactly how I felt when I saw up-and-coming Minnesota band, Enemy Planes open for the Meat Puppets last Saturday. The experience? An understated performance filled with haunting lyrics, evocative vocals, and hypnotic melodies. Each song within their set was as captivating as it was well crafted—equal parts technically substantive and innovative. Even more poignantly, every single song performed was actually good, which is a true rarity—especially for a band that first debuted a little over a year ago. Their pared down, no frills approach to performing was extremely refreshing in an era characterized by excesses of “performance art” and overproduced DJ sets. Enemy Plane’s musical prowess alone is more than enough to hold the attention of the crowd.
Their influence is clear: the production resembles Radiohead with a little bit of a darker twist. Sure, throwing Radiohead comparisons around is always risky, but I wouldn’t knock ‘em for it. With the sampler, the fourth cut is particularly impressive and soars through a brilliant guitar riff. The fifth clip showcases the vocals of this project, at once melodic and hoarse.
If you haven’t yet gotten the memo, Pictures of Then - an underrated local band, despite their commercial success - has added a member and rebranded into Enemy Planes. Though their pop-rocking MTV appeal - which led to songs featured on “16 and Pregnant” and “The Hills” - has been swapped for moodier, Yorke-ian soundscapes, there’s new depth and it builds anticipation for their forthcoming debut, “Beta Lowdown.” Tonight, Enemy Planes will unveil its brag-worthy video for single “We Want Blood.” Directed by Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Efterklang), the video was shot on Coney Island in the eerie aftermath of Sandy.
Though I don’t know much about these guys, I know they definitely caught my attention...they’re on my ‘to download’ list when I get back home for sure.