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Discover The Undiscovered: Mad Planet

By Staff on January 10, 2011


Discover The Undiscovered: Mad Planet

Mad Planet is Greg Gordon (drums, keyboards, guitars) and Cooper Gillespie (bass, vocals). The Los Angeles- based duo’s seamless blend of ambient electro-rock and trip hop coupled with Gillespie’s haunting melodies has garnished them comparisons to artists like Portishead, Siouxsie Sioux and Warpaint.

The band spent 2010 touring and promoting their debut album, All Elephants. The record is a soulful exploration of loss and heartbreak which garnered them critical acclaim and a position in the CMJ Top 200 charts. The album charted on the college charts alongside records by bands such as the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Of Montreal and more.

Mad Planet is kicking off 2011 with the release of their self-produced ep, Gliese 581g (pronounced “GLEE-zuh”). Named after a recently discovered planet thought to be a sister planet to Earth, Gliese 581g features four songs from the band’s upcoming album, the Goldilocks Zone.

I Want You
by madplanetband

Who are your main influences?
Growing up Greg was influenced by acts like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. Later his influences grew to include Coltrane and Buddy Rich. When I (Cooper) was a kid, I was influenced by the Sex Pistols. They changed my whole world. I remember being an eleven year old little girl, hearing Anarchy in the UK and thinking, "I have found my tribe." Something in Johnny Rotten's snarl connected with me on a visceral level. I had a similar reaction to X and the Gun Club the first time I heard them, but I also love 70's glam, 90's hip hop and 80's New Wave music. There's nothing better than an OMD dance party!
As a band we are heavily influenced by Portishead, Massive Attack and Brian Eno. We are inspired by all sorts of things, however. A lot of the songs on our upcoming album are influenced by the David Lynch series Twin Peaks .

How did you meet?
We met while we were bartending at a now defunct nightclub. Sparks flew. So we paired up as a couple. We discovered we shared a love of trip hop, indie rock, jazz and electronic music, so we paired up as a band. It's been a magical partnership so far.
What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
Our biggest achievement as a band to date is probably getting through our first tour. We weren't sure how it would go. As it turns out, touring together made us a stronger unit, both as a band and as a couple. We had a great time, made a lot of new friends and fans and managed to only get one speeding ticket. Not bad. We documented the whole experience in a series of videos which you can watch here Some of them are pretty funny; especially the one where Greg runs the van out of gas.
Where did the band name originate?
Both of us are intrigued by the conflict between man and his/her creation, technology. Science has simultaneously made our lives simpler and more complicated. The innovations that have made our lives easier have also had a tremendous impact on our planet; made it a crazier place to live, i.e. a Mad Planet. We bandied about different names, but Mad Planet suited us perfectly.
Favorite Bands/Artists? 
It's an eclectic mix: Brian Eno, the Cure, David Bowie, Feist, Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Muse, the National, One Eskimo, Peter Gabriel, Portishead, the Pixies, Prince, Ray LaMontagne, Siouxsie Sioux.
Plans to Tour?
Yes! We love touring. It's all we want to do. We are touring out to SXSW this March. We plan on heading back up the West Coast in May. And this Summer we are doing a national tour.
Plans for next release?
We are releasing an ep later this month called Gliese 581g. It is named after the planet, Gliese 581g which is perpetually light on one side and dark on the other. Lyrically the songs on the ep deal with the conflict between the light and the dark inside each of us. They are more moody and atmospheric than the songs our previous album.

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