The three-piece making futurist shoegaze for PC Music talk dating apps, Damien Dubrovnik and a secret appreciation for '80s crooner Phil Collins.
The first band signed to Chaotic Good taste-makers PC Music, French three-piece Planet 1999 blends shoegaze with pop futurism. Think: hazy textures, oerly-processed vocals and plenty of synths. They first showed us what they could do on tracks “Spell” and “Party” and now they’re back with debut EP “Devotion”. Transportive and hypnotic, it’s a perfect distraction from coronavirus paranoia, extreme weather and all the pale, stale and male politicians dominating the news.
To celebrate the release, caught up with Planet 1999 – Caro, Charles, Alex and extraterrestrial mascot Ziggy – about our other favourite distraction: the Internet.
What’s your earliest Internet memory?
What are your five most-used emojis?
Caro: I pretty much only use this one 🤪
You’ve switched to private mode on Spotify: what are you listening to?
Caro: I have a soft spot for Phil Collins <3 He’s an incredible songwriter to me, can you imagine writing a song like “Against All Odds”?! And “One More Night”… I remember that his songs, the quieter ones, and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” were the first productions I actually noticed and really liked as a kid.
Alex: Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Do you use dating apps? Which ones?
Have you ever been blocked?
Caro: Maybe I dunno
Last person you stalked on IG?
Caro: Illustrator Leon Sadler cause I’m a huge huge fan and because I always go back on his page and see something I hadn’t paid proper attention to before. And it always puts me in a very good mood to look at his work so I stalk regularly.
Charles: Photographer @cliffordjago
Alex: Curator and artist @boris_detraz
What’s your most-used app?
What’s the longest amount of time you can go without being on your phone?
Caro: not long because Alex always has something to say on WhatsApp 🤪
Planet 1999’s debut EP “Devotion” is out today. Listen below.
6 March 2020