“Alternative metal that practically bleeds punk energy, then you’re going to dig the new Planned Dilemma song ‘Tell Their Lies’. It’s a great blend of noisy breakdowns, slow-burning riffs, and enough sections to incite quite a few pits.” — Metal Injection
Hamilton, ON quartet Planned Dilemma share a new single from their forthcoming debut Inspace today via Metal Insider. Hear & share “Without You” HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.)
Metal Injection recently premiered the band’s “Tell Their Lies” video HERE. (Direct YouTube) New Noise Magazine also previously hosted the single “Softly” HERE.
Relentlessly restless, riling. These three words, off Planned Dilemma’s three-song debut EP Inspace., describe the band’s frenzied efforts to write, record, and prepare for an early-winter release. Produced and guided by Henry Moss, the band recorded at the illustrious Noble Street Studios in Toronto.
With each part they laid down, they dialled into the vast array of sounds from which they draw their inspiration. Sounds of grunge, hardcore, shoegaze, and vocalist Amina’s recalling of the soulful and powerful rock vanguard (the Joplins, Cornells, Morrisette’s, etc.), all fused to create Planned Dilemma’s distinctive sound. The songs were then mixed and mastered by Zach Weeks at Kurt Ballou’s GodCity Studio, where they were given the GodCity signature gnarl. All in all, whether viewed as politically charged, self-loathing, or a personal respite, one thing escapes interpretation. The band channels these songs through the psyche of disgruntled youth in a culture of uncertainty.
Through the towering halls of alternative rock, the sleazy streets of hardcore, and the gritty rooms of grunge and shoegaze, Planned Dilemma sits in the centre. Over a zealous summer in 2018, the 4-piece, fronted by Cairo, Egypt transplant Amina Axi with guitarist Josh Agnoletto, drummer Rob Singh and bassist Dan Scime fully formed in a Hamiltonian basement. There, they tended towards driven, groovy rhythms and swaying dynamics, dipped in a dose of anger-fuelled melancholy.
To harbour such a multi-dimensional sound, they moulded together their influences from bands such as Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hum — with soaring, Janis Joplin-like vocals, putting the icing over a grungy, noisy cake.
Inspace. will be available on CD and download on February 19, 2021. Pre-orders are available HERE.