People In Planes biography

People In Planes

Last updated: 18 November 2008

Now resident in America, Porthcawl's People In Planes deal in sweeping, epic indie.

EMI "decided they weren't in it for the long haul," and parted company with the band. Undeterred, they regrouped, changed their name to People In Planes, recruited keyboard player Ian Russell, and worked on their sound.

It's alternative rock, in a broad sense, but there's a lot of attention to detail with atmospheric sounds and things, but they're just all the icing on the cake. It's guitars, keyboards, bass and drums.

Gareth Jones

Out went the meandering, vaguely 60s influenced songs, and in came a tighter, more grown up sound that owed a larger debt to Supergrass and REM.

People In Planes played shows with artists as diverse as Cooper Temple Clause, The Vines and Jamie Cullum, and built up a steady live following. They also recorded sessions in Monnow Valley Studio with producer Sam Williams, which caught the attention of American labels including influential indie Wind-up.

The debut People In Planes single, Talking Heads, was released in in the UK in April 2005 by Trigger Industries. Their debut album, As Far As The Eye Can See, came out in America soon after, where they also appeared in the film John Tucker Must Die.M

Hollywood star Joaquin Pheonix also directed the video for the band's single If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode) - a renamed release of Talking Heads.

Their second album, Beyond The Horizon, was released in 2008.

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