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Planet Smashers
Planet Smashers
Stomp Records
FLASHBACK!: The year was 1994 and the world was a very different place….A happy-go-lucky Bill Clinton presided over the free world; Ace of Base topped the music charts with their insipid reggae-inspired hit The Sign; cats had yet to take over the internet, men and women wore acidwashed overalls slung from one shoulder à la Joey from Friends; and a young band of ragtag miscreants released their first full-length to an unsuspecting public. In case you haven’t been paying attention, that band was (and still is) The Planet Smashers.

Fast forward two decades, seven albums, one million records sold worldwide, six gazillion beers consumed, countless tours and one extremely blurry never-ending party to this futuristic and confusing present day. Who will save us from this current clusterfuck filled with beliebers, honey-booboos and bathroom selfies? Who will stand boldly in the face of the autotuned, deep-vee wearing douche chills crapping in the earholes of the world? Who will dare to play their own instruments while blasting out ska hooks so catchy you wish you could scoop them up and eat them like ice-cream?....You’re goddamned right it’s The Planet Smashers.

Mixed Messages is the 8th and arguably best long-player from our stalwart musical heroes. Combining their trademark concoction of two-tone ska, new wave, punkrock and pop sensibilities, The Smashers showcase their classic knack for writing immediately lovable tunes straight from the gut, all the while keeping their collective tongues planted firmly in their respective cheeks. These thirteen prolific tracks run the thematic gamut of party-punk anthems, dancefloor bangers, lovesongy crooners, geeky highsteppers to pissed-off melodic fistpumpers and back again, leaving the listener pleasantly spent and basking in an eargasmic afterglow. Mixed Messages is definitely a definitive, must-have album for new and old fans alike….or maybe it’s not, but it probably is…I think…or whatever. (see what I did there?).

GLORIOUS GUSHINGS FROM THE PRESS PUNDITS:

“The Smashers are in tip-top form, serving up sizzling platters of third-wave ska with a little punk thrown in for rebellion's sake” – Alternative Press

“There's a certain comfort that comes with putting on a new Planet Smashers record for
the first time ― those upstrokes, that brass, the never-ending party.” – Exclaim

“…another enjoyable album from the veteran skankers from the great white north” – Verbicide

“…this new Planet Smashers opus remains a damn good third wave ska product and an ideal summer soundtrack.” – The Hour

“It’s good to have The Planet Smashers continuing to fly the ska flag proudly and I, for one, will stand with them.” - Big Wheel Magazine


History:

Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, the Smashers’s infectious pop infused melodies, rippin’ horn licks and killer live shows, quickly established them as the city’s “Kings of Ska”. They released their first album (“Self-Titled”) on Planet Smasher’s founder Matt Collyer’s own label STOMP Records and hit the road. By 1997 they were no longer a local band, but a national phenomenon, headlining shows across Canada and pushing their second record, “Atttack of The Planet Smashers” which reached #2 on the national college radio charts for 2 months straight. Their third album “Life of The Party” took the continent by storm, aided no doubt by the commercialization of ska by such bands as Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt. “Life of the Party”, The Planet Smashers won the Montreal Independent Music Award for best ska band and drew attention from labels, bands, publishers and booking agents all over the world.

Although the band received much commercial attention during the ska wave, they decided to continue down the independent road with STOMP Records. Their fourth release, “No Self Control” was produced by Steven Drake (Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies, The Odds etc.) and was also well received by national college radio and spawned hit videos such as the animated “Blind” and the tongue in cheek “Wish I Were American”. "No Self Control" was also the band's first internationally released record and reached #14 on the Tower retail sales charts in Japan!

“Mighty”, the Planet Smashers’ fifth full length for STOMP Records is chock full of summertime party songs that'll get your ass into party gear. “Mighty” was produced/engineered by Rod Shearer (Bran Van 3000, Bionic, Corey Hart) and co-produced by The Planet Smashers (not to mention mixed on the same board as Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”!) Having moved past the dark and critical themes of “No Self Control”, “Mighty” is a fun and positive record that provides the perfect soundtrack to any summer BBQ.

In 2004, STOMP Records produced a commemorative DVD entitled "Ten" featuring the last 10 years of the band. The DVD includes live footage from various shows from as early as 1994 and as recent as 2003 as well as 12 videos, 24 episodes of the Japanese animated series "Catman" (soundtrack by the Smashers), and a slew of stunts and shenanigans. Also in 2004, the Planet Smashers coincidentally did a month on the 10th year anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour.

The band returned to the studio in 2005 to record their 6th album “Unstoppable”, and marked the return of long time producer-friend Chris Murray (“Attack of the...” and “Life of the Party”). "Unstoppable" features guest appearances from Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash and Liam O’Neil of the Stills. After the album’s release in May 2005, the Smashers hit the road for over a year of non-stop touring throughout North America and Europe, including yet another appearance on the Vans Warped Tour, two runs on the Ska Is Dead Tour, and even supported Simple Plan's Canadian arena tour.

2011 saw the massive release of "Descent Into The Valley of The Planet Smashers". Inspired by volcanic eruptions and constant dinosaur attacks, “Descent Into The Valley Of…” is 15 tracks of pure unadulaturated party ska awesomeness served up hot with an extra large order of radical sauce on the side just for good measure. From the hilariously addictive tom-foolery of “The Hippopotamus” to the darkly brooding “Die Tomorrow” to the punkrock insanity of “Food Fight” to the touching love song “My Obsession”, this album delivered something for everyone while maintaining the Smashers’ signature badassitude.

In terms of touring, not many indie Canadian bands come close. They have headlined countless tours in North America, 8 European tours, been included on 5 Vans Warped Tour as well as a Japanese tour in 2002. They have toured with such acts as AFI, GOB, Satanic Surfers, Sick of it All, Death By Stereo, Mustard Plug, Samiam, The Aquabats, Rancid, Guttermouth, Catch 22, and countless others. Now celebrating their 20th year!

Contacts
Management: MattCollyer matt@unionlabelgroup.com

Booking Canada: Stomp Booking alex@unionlabelgroup.com

Press/Publicity: Mike Magee mike@unionlabelgroup.com




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Mixed Messages
Planet Smashers
Mixed Messages
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Mixed Messages
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Mixed Messages
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Descent Into The Valley Of...
Planet Smashers
Descent Into The Valley Of...
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Unstoppable
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Unstoppable
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TEN
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TEN
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Mighty
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Mighty
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No Self Control
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No Self Control
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Life Of The Party
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Life Of The Party
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Attack Of The Planet Smashers
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Attack Of The Planet Smashers
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Self Titled
Planet Smashers
Self Titled
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