Band to Reissue 2006 “Mercy” LP on No Idea Records
Planes Mistaken for Stars formed in Peoria, Illinois in 1997. They released music on No Idea Records and others.
The band began as an aggressive, melodic post-hardcore band in 1997 but later abandoned the genre somewhat, albeit to an extent debated by both their fans and critics. Lead singer and guitarist Gared O’Donnell started the band with guitarist Matt Bellinger, bassist Aaron Wise, and drummer Mike Ricketts. Shortly after the band self-released a self-titled mini-album, Wise was replaced by Jamie Drier. At this time they then released a self-titled EP which was re-released in August 1999. They also released the 7″ “Fucking Fight” on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records later that same year.
In 1999, Planes took part in a mass migration to Denver, Colorado with more than thirteen friends. After the move, the band recorded their second release, Knife In The Marathon. In 2001, Planes recorded their debut release for Gainesville Florida’s No Idea Records titled Fuck with Fire. The next year they released a 7″ titled “Spearheading the Sin Movement” and also made an appearance on Black On Black: A Tribute to Black Flag.
In 2003, the band saw its second line up change. Jamie Drier left the band and was replaced by Chuck French. Chuck played his first show with Planes on November 2, 2003.
Later that year, the band recorded Up in Them Guts with A.J. Mogis, whose most notable work is with Saddle Creek artists Bright Eyes and The Faint. Up in Them Guts was released in the summer of 2004 on No Idea Records. To promote the record, the band took on one of the lengthiest tour schedules of their career, covering the United States and Europe with a bands such as The Ataris, Cursive, Against Me!, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hot Water Music and High on Fire on six separate, and very diverse tours. They also made festival appearances at Skate And Surf Fest, Strhess Fest, and Hellfest.
In 2005, Planes completed three additional headlining tours; one in the United Kingdom, and two in the United States.
Despite rumors of the band signing with metal label Relapse Records, they announced a deal with Abacus Recordings/Century Media in the fall of 2005 as well as plans to release a new record in the summer of 2006. Originally scheduled for 2006-06-06, the record had been pushed back in order to accommodate the schedule of the producer they chose to work with, Matt Bayles, who has worked with bands such as Mastodon and Isis. The final record, titled Mercy, was released on October 3, 2006.
Following their release of their compilation album We Ride to Fight! (The First Four Years) in 2007, Planes Mistaken for Stars announced that they had broken up. They performed their final concert on February 16, 2008 at the Marquis Theater in Denver before reuniting for a performance at the No Idea 25 year anniversary show at The Fest 9. Chuck French and Neil Keener are together in a group called Git Some, Keener is also in a drone band called Bull of Heaven with composer Clayton Counts, Gared O’Donnell is in a project titled Hawks and Doves, Matt Bellinger is in a project called Ghost Buffalo who currently have two records out on Denver’s Suburban Home Records, and Mike Ricketts and Jamie Drier are playing together in a group called onYou in Chicago. – Wikipedia
Planes Mistaken For Stars are:
Gared O’Donnell – guitar, vocals (1997 to 2007, 2010 to present)
Chuck French – guitar (2003 to 2007, 2010 to present)
Neil Keener – bass (2004 to 2007, 2010 to present)
Mike Ricketts – drums (1997 to 2007, 2010 to present)
Planes Mistaken for Stars mini-album (1998) self-released, reissued (1999) Deep Elm
Fuck with Fire (2001) No Idea
Up in Them Guts (2004) No Idea
Mercy (2006) Paranoid
We Ride to Fight! (The First Four Years) (CD/2xLP) No Idea (2007)
Split EP with Appleseed Cast and Race Car Riot (1999) Deep Elm
Fucking Fight (7″ / CD Single) (1999) Dim Mak
Knife in the Marathon (EP) (2000) Deep Elm
Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag (2002) Initial
Spearheading the Sin Movement (7″ / CD Single) (2002) No Idea
“Brothers and Sisters, it’s been too long, Lets get loose, XO Gared, Mongo, Chuck, Neil”
Planes Mistaken For Stars Summer Reunion Tour:
Aug. 4th. Chicago @ The Ultra Lounge *^
Aug. 5th. Lansing, MI @ Macs Bar *%
Aug. 7th.Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Aug.8th. Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus ~&
Aug.9th. Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells ~
Aug.10th. Blacksburg, VA @ We Got Brains! Fest #
Aug. 11th. Washington, D.C. @ Red Room #
Aug. 12th. Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
Aug.14th. Cincinnati, OH @ TBA
Aug. 15th. Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail /
* = w/ Worn in Red
^ = w/ Angry Gods
% = w/ FenceMen
~ = w/ The Sun, The Moon, The Stars
& = w/ Model Home
# = w/ Regents
/ = w/ The Forecast, Lark’s Tounge, Angry Gods
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