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.