Garage rock at its gosh darn finest! We’ve got ourselves another Album Daily Get-In-On-The-Ground-Floor alert here; at just about 10k monthly listeners on Spotify, Pluto Gang can jam. Self-labeled as a “high-energy progressive jam soul band,” these guys love to give the listener Guitar Hero-esque guitar solos in many of their songs. The guitar solo is truly something to cherish these days. The Gang isn’t lacking in the creative writing department either and give the listener a little bit to think about in the song Free Time where they exclaim, “Cuz free love’s just about getting laid / And free time just means that you’re not getting paid / Broken clocks are right still twice a day / So mean what you say / Or break away.” Thanks a lot for coming after my couch time guys. Despite that, we couldn’t recommend this 2020 album enough. It’s solid rock at its core and a whole lot of upbeat amusement.
The pandemic…good for Pluto Gang? Joe May [keys, vocals] has an interesting take on the pandemic and what it did for Pluto Gang. May is quoted saying, “In many ways this pandemic has been the best thing that could have happened for the trajectory of the band. When the negative impacts on the music industry started becoming apparent, all we saw was a huge window of opportunity. National bands were no longer able to tour, so local scenes were starving for music. However, at the same time many established local acts went radio silent and opened the doors for us to start grabbing attention online.” Any entrepreneur or artist can appreciate this band’s attitude and willingness to seize the opportunity at hand here! Let us know what you think of their album!
Release date: November 19, 2020
Similar artist(s): Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Honey Hounds
Top tracks: Trouble Looks Like Honey, Free Time, Wildfire