GoFundMe Launched For Silent Planet Following Recent Van Crash

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Silent Planet following their recent van crash. You can donate HERE. Notably, the group have already reached their fundraising goal thanks to a number of contributors including members of Bad Omens, The Ghost Inside, Spiritbox, etc.

Silent Planet’s Garrett Russell commented:

“…While driving through rural Wyoming, our driver hit a patch of ice and our vehicle spun and flipped, rolling off the road.

Each of us awoke at different moments after the crash, yelling for each other, scattered wherever the crash had flung us upside-down. We were relieved to find that we were all conscious and alive. Most of the group was miraculously unharmed. I (Garrett) found that blood was streaming from my head. Using whatever we could find laying around the van, we clothed ourselves pressed the wound to stem the bleeding until first responders came.

I was rushed to the hospital where they stopped the bleeding, took MRI’s, and stapled my head wound back together.

As I write this, the hospital is releasing me, finding no evidence of brain damage and telling me to monitor the concussion and get the staples taken out next week.

Everyone in the band is feeling it, but we are extremely fortunate to all be able to walk away from this crash… and not have to bury a friend.

Over these last hours we’ve received innumerable messages of support, and we just want to say thank you for your concern. We’ve been touring for 10 years, and I suppose we should be thankful that this is our first (and hopefully last) wreck of our history. The conditions were gnarly on this infamous road, and on my way back from the hospital I’m seeing countless other cars they have slid off the road.

To put it plainly: We just want to get back on tour as soon as possible – because we love playing shows and shows are our only form of income. We are going to miss our show in Salt Lake tonight, but we are already devising plans to hop back on the tour.
Insurance will cover my hospital visit, but it looks like we are out an entire van and trailer. We are hopeful that the majority of our trailer contents are in tact, but no one has been able to open it yet.

We are thankful to be alive, but also contending with the fact that this is going to put us in a seemingly impossible financial situation. Only a day into tour, we’ve yet to generate any income from this tour, and are still financially in the red from our recent tour in Australia last week. So we’ve decided to swallow our pride and ask for help. If you are interested in helping, you can grab a shirt or a ticket or check out the Gofundme that we have set up.

For the last decade, we’ve toured the world as a small band with a DIY approach. Our van is more than a vehicle to us – it’s our home where we sleep in parking lots every night all throughout the continent. We are hoping to generate enough funds to at least rent vehicles to get to the next show and continue to tour for the next month.

Silent Planet has always aspired to be more than a band, but also a community where people can bring their joys and their struggles to a place where they are seen and supported. And now, I guess we’re asking for your support in a new way. For the first time ever, we are opening a gofundme to try to continue to move forward as a band. With past issues we’ve used merch sales to overcome setbacks, but this is by far our most daunting and immediate challenge yet.

If you made it to the end of this, thank you for reading. I hope it all makes sense, to be honest my head is still throbbing and everything is kind of spinning. But please know that we love this community and are truly indebted to the radical hospitality we’ve been shown over the years. Take care, tell your people you love them, and be consumed.”

Silent Planet To Miss Salt Lake City, UT Show Following Van Accident

Silent Planet have revealed that they were recently involved in a van accident. As a result, the band’s November 3 show in Salt Lake City, UT has been cancelled. Vocalist Garrett Russell, drummer Alex Camarena, and bassist Nick Pocock all commented via Twitter:

ERRA Announce European/UK Tour With Silent Planet, Invent Animate, & Sentinels

ERRA have booked a headlining European/UK tour for next year. Silent Planet, Invent Animate, and Sentinels will open.

Tour Dates:

02/24 Köln, GER – Essigfabrik
02/25 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
02/27 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Klubben
02/28 Copenhagen, DEN – VEGA
03/01 Berlin, GER – Hole44
03/02 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
03/03 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/04 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
03/05 Vienna, AUT – Szene
03/06 München, GER – Backstage
03/07 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
03/08 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
03/09 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/11 Leeds, UK – Styluses
03/12 Glasgow, UK – Garage
03/13 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
03/14 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
03/15 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
03/16 Bristol, UK – SWX
03/18 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
03/19 Tilburg, NET – 013

Silent Planet Announce September Tour With Spirit Breaker

Silent Planet have announced a September tour with Spirit Breaker. Here’s the dates:

09/03 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
09/04 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St.
09/05 Springfield, MO – Odyssey
09/06 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
09/07 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
09/08 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09/09 Grad Rapids, MI – The Stache
09/11 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest
09/13 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
09/14 Orlando, FL – Henao
09/15 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
09/16 Nashville, TN – Eastside Bowl

Silent Planet Premiere “:Signal:” Video

Silent Planet have premiered a new video for their new song “:Signal:.” The band said the following about that:

“This is the first chapter in a story of one particular transformation… and the ‘impossible’ events that followed initial contact. Whether we interpret these matters as fact or fiction is irrelevant, because we have become many things, but we’ve yet to be alone. ‘Many become one.’”

Northlane Cancel North American Tour With Silent Planet, Loathe, & Avoid

Northlane have cancelled their North American tour with Silent Planet, Loathe and Avoid. The trek was unable to move forward due to visa issues.

Northlane commented:

“CANCELLED: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2022

Refunds available at point of purchase.

For Australian bands, touring internationally has always been difficult. It’s a costly and risky undertaking, but for over a decade we’ve managed to make it work because we love playing for our legion of fans around the globe.

The USA has always been particularly tough due to the arduous and incredibly expensive working visa process. Despite a sharp rise in application costs, we applied for our visas and followed the standard processes, but in the post-COVID era times have changed and our petition has faced unprecedented processing delays.

As it stands, the wait time for a visa appointment at the US consulate in Melbourne is 220 days. Yes, you read that correctly. Our immigration lawyer has literally scoured the globe looking for consulates with openings. We’ve explored undertaking appointments in both Indonesia and the UK among other countries. While we were prepared to eat the extreme costs to make the tour happen, in the end we just couldn’t get the appointments we required.

With options running out fast, we were put in touch with a Federal government official yesterday and they are being inundated with similar situations to ours from dozens of other Australian artists. Even though the department is doing their absolute best to expedite select cases with the US consulate here, our case did not make any progress.

Knowing full well that the longer we left this decision, the greater impact it would have on everyone involved in the tour, we unfortunately had to make the difficult decision today to cancel the entire Obsidian North American tour. This cancellation also unfortunately extends to the Canadian shows as just doing these isn’t viable.

We’ve taken our time to explain this in the most detail possible, so you can understand the impossible lengths we went to in order to try and solve it. Unfortunately for us this situation was unwinnable. We’d like to thank our incredible fans from North America, you’ve been patient since 2019, we trust you’ll be patient until we can make it back to play for you again. We’ve gone to the most insane lengths and done beyond our best. Our hearts are broken too.

In order to soften the blow best we can for the support bands, we’d ask if you could kindly check out their online merch stores and grab whatever you can:

https://silentplanetmerch.com/
https://www.loatheasone.co.uk/merch/
https://avoidkicksass.org/

Loathe Added To Northlane, Silent Planet, & Avoid’s North American Tour

Loathe have been added to Northlane, Silent Planet, and Avoid’s upcoming North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/13 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
07/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
07/16 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/17 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
07/19 Calgary, AB – Dickens
07/20 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
07/22 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
07/23 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
07/24 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
07/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
07/27 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
07/28 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
07/29 Quebec City, QC – Imperial De Quebec
07/30 Boston, MA – Paradise
07/31 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
08/02 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
08/03 Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
08/04 Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theatre
08/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
08/06 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
08/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
08/09 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
08/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
08/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
08/13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
08/14 Destin, FL – Club LA
08/16 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
08/17 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Center
08/18 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
08/19 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
08/20 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
08/21 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
08/23 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
08/24 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
08/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

Silent Planet Premiere “Panopticon” Music Video

Silent Planet have premiered a new video for their song “Panopticon.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Iridescent.” Vocalist Garrett Russell commented:

“‘Panopticon‘ paints a dystopian view of the future – one where technological advances have pacified the human spirit and made us apathetic in the face of an increasingly malevolent, post-singularity AI that was developed under the premise of security… ultimately becoming a tyrannical overlord. To communicate the story of humanity and its traditions being outmoded, we challenged ourselves to write a song with no guitar. Using only bass, electronic elements, and percussion – we developed this track over the course of the summer.”

Silent Planet Premiere New Song “Anhedonia”

Silent Planet have premiered a new song titled “Anhedonia.” This track is from the band’s new album “Iridescent,” which will be released on November 12. Vocalist Garrett Russell commented:

“‘Anhedonia’ is about watching your homeland burn to the ground-literally… and figuratively. And as corporations get away with murder and mega-church leaders indoctrinate the masses with hate and fear… you watch your loved ones begin to disappear. They disappear and you don’t know if the love is just lost or if it’s gone forever. Under the cloud of chemicals, you become numb.”

Silent Planet Premiere “Terminal”/”(liminal);” Video

Silent Planet have premiered a new video for their new songs “Terminal” and “(liminal);.” These tracks are from the band’s new album “Iridescent,” which will be released on November 12.

Garrett Russell commented::

“‘Terminal‘ was another song from this album that was inspired by my stay in a mental hospital. For most of my life I have been a very sober person, and this song is about my experience with mind-altering medications while being in-patient. As I took my meds, I watched the world shift around me, and even my own reflection started to shift.

I was met with strange visions and imagery, some of which was congruent with ancient mythology. It was during all of this that I began to wonder if the hopelessness was buried too deep for medications to solve on their own. Maybe, I wondered, this is simply the human condition.

But above all, I hope the listener understands that our albums are meant to be understood as whole pieces, and while this song is certainly coming from my genuine experience with despair, there’s more to the Iridescent story that’s yet to be revealed. Thanks for reading.”

“Iridescent” Track Listing:

01. “112”
02. “Translate The Night”
03. “Trilogy”
04. “Second Sun”
05. “Panopticon”
06. “The Sound Of Sleep”
07. “Alive, As A Housefire”
08. “Terminal”
09. “(liminal);”
10. “Anhedonia”
11. “Till We Have Faces”
12. “Iridescent”