Planes Mistaken for Stars & Retox: Bottom of the Hill SF

Planes Mistaken for Stars  the well known project from Denver, Colorado recorded their second release for Deep Elm, Knife In The Marathon in 2001, signed to Gainesville Florida’s No Idea Records to release Fuck with Fire in 2002, brought a raw epic night to San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill.

In 2003, Planes recorded Up in Them Guts was released the next year on No Idea with A. J. Mogis, whose most notable work is with Saddle Creek artists Bright Eyes and The Faint.  The indie label Deathwish Inc. announced it would reissue Planes Mistaken for Stars’ 2006 final album Mercy on July 14, 2015, which was followed by a short promotional East Coast US tour.   Along with the announcement of the reissue, the band also revealed they had been quietly and persistently working on new music for a near-future release also on Deathwish.

A little over a year after initially mentioning it, Planes Mistaken for Stars released its fourth full-length album and first release of new material in 10 years titled Prey on October 21, 2016 through Deathwish.

Retox took hold of the main support role this night, came out swinging and gave a defiant in your face performance as expected .  Currently consisting of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed).  Since hitting the scene in 2011 they have toured with acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student.  

The band released a self-titled EP and their debut album Ugly Animals they later released their 3rd album, “YPLL” (Years of Potential Life Lost), where they focused more on simpler song structures and guitar riffs, and featured a guest appearance from Nick Zinner (Head Wound City, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on the track “Congratulations, You Are Good Enough”.  Retox ended 2014 with a split EP with Narrows, which features former members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, and Some Girls. This EP was released through Pearson’s own Three One G label and featured two tracks: the exclusive song “Fascination Street” and “This Should Hurt a Little Bit,” which would appear on the band’s following studio album. Releasing their third studio album titled Beneath California on February 10, 2015 again through Epitaph.  In support of Beneath California, Retox toured North America February-March 2015 with Whores.  

Both Planes and Retox will be touring in January 2017.

Review & Photos: Jen Cash

Line Edit: Leah Storkson

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