"After an opening number with distinctive harmony singing that sounds a little like Midlake I start to think I’m listening to late 1960s Big Brother and the Holding Company or Jefferson Airplane. That American West Coast sound really comes through, with elements of psych, folk, gospel and soul."
Gig Junkies, 2017
6 FEB 2021
by Music Musings & Such
"Which artists did you grow up around? Do you have any personal musical idols?
Adam: We were both mad on The Beatles and The Stones and learned to harmonise sat at Maggie the Piano blasting out Not Fade Away and Hey Bulldog. Musical idols would be many of the people on the Woodstock roster and also classic English Folk acts like Pentangle.
Jon: When I got to sixteen, I started getting into the Blues at the same time as San Francisco bands and just followed all the rabbit holes that opened up after. That's what remained, but we listened to most stuff really."
After having a bright idea, the Higher Planes went out one day and bought a cauldron. In it they added some boys and girls, some rock and roll rhythms, the leftovers from the night before's Memphis soul stew, some harmonies, and some pagan eschatology. After pouring it all out into the middle of a stone circle during Samhain, they left to purchase assorted musical instruments, and educate themselves about their forms and potentials in order that they should travel and play throughout the land. When they returned to the stone circle to eat what grew there, they became aghast to find their shadow forms, born of the soup and soil, playing a very reasonable cover of a nice Van Morrison tune. The two groups fought, until the shadow Planes, in a sublime moment of victory, ate the real ones, and stepped into the light to live and play as the humans do.
The Higher Planes like to sing about mankind's descent in as many ways as mankind is descending. Their sound is psych-tinged garage rock, sometimes dabbling in misty folk, stuffed with harmonies and ending up somewhere between Country Joe and The Fish, and the 13th Floor Elevators. They supported Hurray for the Riff Raff while the latter toured the UK, picking up a few kind reviews, and ventured down south to France to play the Fête de la Musique in Aix-en-Provence, where they discovered the hallucinatory world of artist Delphine Vaute, in a book. She designed the cover for their 2021 EP TIDAL WAVE, which just wants to soothe worried minds.
Adam and Jon Seakens - brothers, songwriters, singers, guitarists
Decima Hayes - singer
JJ Stillwell - double bassist
Angus Bishop - drummer
South East London, UK