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Album Review: The Planet Smashers “Too Much Information”

Earlier this year Canadian ska punks The Planet Smashers released their ninth studio album Too Much Information, which also corresponds with their twenty-fifth anniversary as a band. This album finds them continuing to expand upon their signature mix of upbeat two tone ska and punk.

The album abruptly starts with the titular “Too Much Information” as a bouncing horn line greets you without a proper introduction. In a song about the potential for oversharing via social media it is nice to get a sound that was massively popular before the advent of said media platforms. It drops an early English Beat meets the Police vibe that is ridiculously catchy. This sound is further explored with “Aim High” and “Going Out Solo” a couple of songs later.

“Break My Neck (A Love Song)” follows with what is arguably the best song on the album. In 2016 lead singer Matt Collyer fractured his cervical spine, he then used this to poetically pen a love song. “I may break my neck, but I will never break your heart” he croons in a way that is more intrinsically emotional than the rest of the album. The honesty on display is highly personal and it is obvious that this song is more than just another love song. Throughout the album the organ is featured, but not more perfectly than on this number. It is a bouncier sound that lends a little brevity to the heaviness of the lyrics.

The Planet Smashers still deliver on their classic high energy fun music with songs like “Brain Freeze” the product of being betrayed by a delicious treat, “Superfan” which is an ode to fans of ska still waiting for their fourth wave, and “Hookie” a banger about skipping work and having fun. This time the more playful “Light in Your Smile” cranks up the reggae side, and features some phenomenal drum work. However they do experiment and explore their craft a little with songs like “Good Vibes” and “Light in Your Smile”. The first being a clapping and drum heavy march that stands out on the album for how different it feels. However it seems like it would be a fan favorite in a live setting as it has the ability to draw the crowd into the production. Where “Light in Your Smile” is a playful reggae love song which again puts the drums at the forefront but this time with a margarita on the beach feel.

Too Much Information is a super clean sounding album, the horns are big and bright, the bass and drums sound deep and resonant, and the highlight is the organ which add a layer that really make these songs stand out. Combine this with lyrics that are humorous at times, and emotional at others and you get an album that moves both your heart and your feet.

4.5/5 Stars



The Planet Smashers release video for “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”

Canadian ska veterans The Planet Smashers have released a video for their song “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Too Much Information. The video features a bowling tournament with label-mates Morgan, The Gutter Demons and Lost Love. I won’t spoil the video so you’ll have to watch to find out who’s the “legend of the lanes”. They also have a small run of shows later this summer/fall.

Check out the tournament below.

As mentioned above The Planet Smashers most recent release Too Much Information came out earlier this summer on their longtime home Stomp Records



The Planet Smashers release video for “Too Much Information” off of upcoming album

Canadian ska legends The Planet Smashers have released a video for their new song “Too Much Information” which just so happens to be the title track to their new album which is out next week. Stomp Records will be releasing the new album and to celebrate the new music, the boys will be out touring and no doubt guzzling some brews and sharing their maple-flavored ska with our friends to the South.

You can check out the video for “Too Much Information” below.

The Planet Smashers last release was Mixed Messages back in 2014. If you’re a fan of The Toasters or The Specials then The Planet Smashers are for you, eh! 



The Planet Smashers and Mustard Plug to tour Quebec and Ontario

It’s Tuesday that means a little maple syrup for your morning eh? The Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug and K-Man & The 45’s have announced a short run of shows through Quebec and Ontario.

In case you were unaware Mustard Plug and The Planet Smashers have been running mates for a long time on the ska scene so these promise to be entertaining shows.



Music Video: The Planet Smashers – “Tear It Up”

Montreal ska veterans The Planet Smashers have released a music video for their song “Tear It Up” and you can check it out below.

The track appears on the band’s new album “Mixed Messages,” which was released on April 8th through Stomp Records.



Full Album Stream: The Planet Smashers – ‘Mixed Messages’

Montreal Ska outfit The Planet Smashers are currently streaming their upcoming album, Mixed Messages, in its entirety, and you can give it a listen below.

Mixed Messages is set to be released on April 8th through Stomp Records. It is The Planet Smashers’ first album since 2011′s Descent Into the Valley of the Planet Smashers.



The Planet Smashers announce release date for upcoming album “Mixed Messages”

Montreal ska veterans The Planet Smashers have officially announced their long-awaited new album “Mixed Messages” will be released on April 8th through Stomp Records.

That’s all we’ve got right now but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on the record come to light.

“Mixed Messages” will be The Planet Smashers’ first album since 2011’s “Descent Into the Valley of the Planet Smashers.”



The Planet Smashers finish recording upcoming album

According to a recent post on their Facebook page, Montreal ska veterans The Planet Smashers have wrapped up the recording of their long-awaited upcoming album:

“Tracking is done on our new album, woo! One month and a day after our first jam this sucker is wrapped. Big thanks to Renedlamuerte from the The Brains, he kept us on course!!!”

We will keep you updated as more details surface. The Planet Smashers’ latest album “Descent Into the Valley of the Planet Smashers” was released in 2011 via Stomp Records.



The Planet Smashers announce Canadian tour

Montreal ska band The Planet Smashers have recently announced a short run of shows across Canada in February/March.

You can check all the dates out below.

The Planet Smashers’ latest album, “Descent Into the Valley of the Planet Smashers” was released in 2011 via Stomp Records.



Video: The Planet Smashers cover The Specials’ “Dawning of a New Era” live @ Amnesia Rockfest

If you missed Canadian ska staples The Planet Smashers‘ set at last weekend’s Amnesia Rockfest, you’re in luck! A video of the band covering The Specials‘ classic “Dawning of a New Era” has made its way onto the internets.

You can check it out right here.

The band’s last release was “Descent Into The Valley Of…,” which came out released back in 2011 through Stomp Records.



Mad Caddies, The Planet Smashers, The Resignators & more to play Victoria Ska Fest

The Victoria BC Ska Society have announced the lineup for the 14th annual Victoria Ska Fest, which features the likes of Mad Caddies, The Planet Smashers, The Resignators, Suburban Legends, and many other awesome bands.

The festival will take place from July 9th through the 10th at Ship Point in Victoria, BC. You can check out the full lineup here, and pick up your tickets here (no ska-related pun intended).



The Planet Smashers post music video for “Death Threats”

Montreal ska outfit, The Planet Smashers, have posted the music video for their song “Death Threats.”

The video was shot by Music 4 Cancer and you can watch it here.

The song appears on their latest album, “Descent Into The Valley,” which was released last July on Stomp Records.



DS Photo Gallery: Kingston Stompers, The Funaddicts, The Resignators, The Planet Smashers @ The Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, Australia (27/10/11)

Not that long ago Brisbane got together for the very first show Montreal’s Planet Smashers would ever play in Australia and it was a party that didn’t stop until well after Ska Nation.  Joining the “Smashers” on this particular evening were Brisbane locals Kingston Stompers, the recently reformed Funaddicts and Australian staples, The Resignators.

Each band stepped up on the evening in question, giving everyone something to remember them by, which was in many cases, a good time.  However it was the Planet Smashers with their vast experience, professionalism, smiling faces and dancing hippopotamus who took the “best in show award” of the evening.  Honorary DS Editor, Stephen Goodwin battled poor lighting and a skanking crowd to take some amazing photo’s of the evening for us.  Check them out here.



Ska Nation 2011: The Verdict

If you aren’t up to speed on the Visa Application series that has been running over the past few weeks, check out all applications here.  I can also confirm that with an overwhelming 87% of the readers vote, The Resignators have also been approved for entry into the Nation.  Congratulations!

Over the past few weeks we’ve harassed the bands, run them over the hot coals and broken through bureaucratic red tape to ensure that all bands have the necessary documentation required to enter our borders.   It is our pleasure to give Dying Scene’s highest seal of approval to Ska Nation for 2011 and the many good times that will be had over the course of this weekend.

For all the details on Ska Nation head here and be sure not to miss it!  You might never get this chance again!



DS Exclusive Interview: Matt Collyer (The Planet Smashers)

Things either work or they don’t.  It’s really as simple as that when you get down to it.  After touring heavily off “Unstoppable” Montreal ska outfit, The Planet Smashers set out to record the follow-up and it just didn’t work.  The band took some much need time out and have come back stronger than ever with their follow-up album “Descent Into The Valley Of The Planet Smashers.”

There is a video in the works, new material for the Ska’s Dead series but most importantly their first ever Australian tour kicks off tomorrow night.  We recently spoke to one of the Smashers masterminds, Matt Collyer about the band, the pending Australian tour, the new album and keeping up with a changing music industry.  Read the full interview here.