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      August 13, 2019

      Tuesday   6:00 PM

      1627 Prospect Street
      Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

      Silent Planet

      Humanity has always had a therapeutic relationship with music. Its ability to shatter man-madewalls, create a platform for expression, and illuminate perspectives, has helped ground someand liberate others. We build national anthems out of songs, we immortalize first dances withsongs, we cry because of songs. Musicwhen breathed into with intention, intellect, andpurposecan restore and unify. If you need an example, listen to Silent Planets newest album,Everything Was Sound.Silent Planetcomprised of Alex Camarena, Thomas Freckleton, Garrett Russell and MitchellStarkwrites with purpose. The LA-based bands first album, The Night God Slept, gave voiceto characters victimized by systemic oppression. The album used historical settings and thecharacters within it to magnify their marginalized perspectives, resulting in a musicalaccomplishment outfitted with quality instrumentals, rich storytelling, and a mouthpiece for thesilenced. Their second full-length project bears consistent fruit with their first.Everything Was Sound, the sophomore release on Solid State Records, is unrelenting in itsendeavor to marry its sophisticated metalcore sound with the quiet voice of the alienated. Thebands vocalist, Garret Russell, walks us out of their first albums story and straight into this one:a metaphorical prison housing societys misunderstood. The panopticon (both a psychologicalconcept and a physical space) is a many roomed, doorless prison equipped with one, concealedguard. Without the ability to see where the guard is looking, the construct effectively controlseach inmates behavior. Russell uses this theory (designed by philosopher and social theoristJeremy Bentham) to represent the societal imprisonment culture places on the mentallywounded. He walks us through nine rooms, with nine varying prisoners, and tells their stories.So many people feel completely alone. This album was inspired by the people Ive interactedwith who feel like nobody can or wants to understand them. Its very evil to leave people isolatedlike that, explains Russell. Our goal is to make peoples stories visible, to give words and togive music to things that aren't often talked about. Take the track Panic Room for example.God gave me a vision, in a very mystical way, of my friend who suffers with PTSD. I wanted totell his story in a way that honored him. Lyrics like, this is war: A child stumbles from thewreckage holding his salvation-the trigger to cessation - to end us all. I took a life that takesmine, every quiet moment we collapse, paint a panicked and painful perspective, but one thatgave healing to the friend who inspired it. From the song Understanding Love Is Lost, aboutthe wreckage of suicide, to Nervosa, about the destruction of eating disorders, Silent Planetintentionally introduces us to the struggling souls surrounding us.And that isnt all theyre intentional about. The instrumentals, the lyrics, and the artwork areunanimously designed to, in Russells words, challenge intentions, stir the subconscious, andoffend assumptions. Whether it be the enneagram of personality that marks the cover art, theinkblots within the liner notes tethered to each archetype, or the cited sources laced within eachsong, youll feel what Russell says is a dance between wholeness and oblivion. The themeweaves itselfthrough color, word, sound, and designinto all aspects of the project.Silent Planets pursuit is perhaps best stated by the two instrumental tracks within thealbumTout comprendre and Cest tout pardonerwhose combined titles mean tounderstand all is the forgive all. In the final song, the prisoners escape bondage and unite,planting a new tree of life in the center of the panopticon. People have been inhabiting inside oftheir wounds, explains Russell, and I believe they can come together to be healed. Step out,see each other, and find freedom in being seen.

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