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People in Planes

March 31, 2008 by  
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People in Planes
March 31, 2008
Tommy Doyles – Boston, MA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

On Saturday, March 29, I experienced Welsh rockers, People in Planes tearing up the old House of Blues, which has become Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. The band is comprised of Gareth Jones–vocals, Peter Roberts–guitar, Kris Blight–bass, John Maloney–drums, and Ian Russell–keyboard. Their first album “As Far As the Eye Can See” was released in 2006 and their upcoming “Beyond the Horizon” will be released this summer in the U.S. They also have an EP available in the States.

People in Planes was greeted with a relatively small, but loyal crowd. They were sandwiched between two sets: Boston’s own This Blue Heaven (drawing in the hometown love) and Jupiter One. The guys still managed to get people jumping around with the people who were “too cool to jump around” bobbing their heads enthusiastically (not so enthusiastically that they were no longer considered “cool,” of course). One older gentleman, in particular, was enjoying the People in Planes set so much that he was twisting. Yes, twisting, as in doing the twist. On their slower songs he’d twist in a loitering fashion and then on the faster songs (“Moth” for instance), he’d twist in a crazed fervor. I normally try not to mention other people in the crowd, since they don’t have much to do with the band being reviewed, but this guy was unavoidable. The guys even gave him a shout out since he was right in front of the stage.

Back to the show, the set was a nice mix of slow and emotional songs like their latest single “Pretty Buildings” and faster tracks like “Moth” and “Barracuda,” all of which you can hear on their website. Bass player Kris Blight was excellent, tearing into each and every song and keeping the head bobbers bobbing. Jones’ voice conjured up the exact emotions we were supposed to feel for each song, and I’m a sucker for some good keyboard action ala Russel on “Moth.” Can you tell that “Moth” is my favorite? Maloney and Roberts pulled the group together radiantly. That’s right, radiantly.

People in Planes is absolutely a recommended listen. Check out their upcoming shows for a guaranteed great night, though I can’t promise you’ll get the vintage 60’s dance moves that we got at the Cambridge show. You can also check out their video for “Pretty Buildings” (which is pretty fantastic as well) on People in Planes site.


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February 23, 2008 by  
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The Paradise – Boston, MA
February 22, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Barcelona hails from Seattle and plays luscious piano rock. Despite heinous acoustics at The Paradise, these guys rocked on Sunday, far outdoing the headliners “Thriving Ivory,” in my humble opinion. Barcelona had a crowd of loyal fans at the concert, singing along (loudly, a few horribly off key) and seemed to nab themselves some new devotees from the show. I talked to (ready for a shout out?) Steve Foster of the Boston-based band “Luxury” who enthusiastically stated that Barcelona is on his ‘top five bands’ list.

Slightly reminiscent of Keane, Barcelona grabs listeners’ attention with Brian Fennell’s crisp, clear vocals and melodic piano playing and some catchy guitar and drum beats from Chris Bristol and Rhett Stonelake, respectively. As is pretty typical for a live show, the ballads lagged a bit, the crowd’s energy ebbing, but Barcelona’s strong harmonies would likely sound great in another atmosphere. Ballads aside, the set list was strong and had people captivated as the throngs of women waited for the lead singer of “Thriving Ivory” to step on stage and woo them for an hour—that’s how I know that Barcelona was good, the legion of women waited patiently, seemingly satisfied with Barcelona in the interim (after all, these guys are undeniably cute in their own right).

I expect loads of radio play in the near future from these guys, so keep your ears open. When you hear a strong, solid voice and dance-worthy piano and guitars through your speakers, you can say to all your friends, “Oh yeah, I read about them on this Sally chick’s review online” and then you’ll sound like the super-trendy shit and your friends will be jealous of your incredible coolness. So up your cool by checking them out now at For whatever reason, their 2007 album release “Absolutes” is not available on iTunes at the moment, but you can download it from Amazon or wait for the re-release of it that drops on April 14th.


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