PLANNING FOR BURIAL PREMIERES “SOMEWHERE IN THE EVENING”
One-man gloom band to release third full-length, Below the House, March 10th on The Flenser
“This is the gruesome sound of a slow anxiety spiral…” – Pitchfork
“It’s beautiful – even in its most raw, hysterical moments – and feels like a roller coaster of emotion.” – IMPOSE
“…a dark and thrilling journey through the mind of someone holding onto a hair-thin thread of hope. – Consequence of Sound
Thom Wasluck, also known as Planning For Burial, has been recording music himself and touring extensively as one-man band playing hundreds of shows in DIY spaces and nightclubs for over a decade. He’ll release his third full-length album (in addition to his impressive repertroire of over a dozen and a half splits and singles), Below the House, on March 10th. Today, Planning For Burial has premiered the second single from the album, titled “Somewhere in the Evening” via Consequence of Sound. “The song is about subconsciously being set for self destruction, blindly trying to hold onto toxic parts of your life,” commented Wasluck.
In terms of genre, Planning for Burial is often simply characterized as “gloom,” which can be seen as blend of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, 90s alt rock and drone, and Below the Houseoffers nine sullen and frequently heavy songs that brim with nostalgia and suburban ennui. It is a return to form of sorts to Planning for Burial’s beloved first album, 2010’s Leaving— an introverted work characterized by its heavy dynamics and personal obsessions. Likewise Below the House is a work that feels just as private, as it was created in the dark and not expressed in Wasluck’s day to day life.
In late 2014, Wasluck left the red house in New Jersey he’d called home for the last decade to return to his childhood bedroom in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Back in the house where he grew up, Thom found himself cut off from the familiarities of the previous decade as he put himself to work in the family trade. The monotony of routine quickly set in; work, home, and alcohol day after day became the norm. The childhood room that had given birth to his primordial four-track recordings was now a place of emptiness. These conditions set the stage for Planning For Burial’s third full-length, Below the House
Planning For Burial will play a handful of shows on the East Coast this month and Below the House will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats on March 10th, 2017 from The Flenser.
Planning For Burial live performances:
January 3 Allentown, PA @ Union Haus
January 27 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
March 25 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar *record release show*
Below the House Track Listing:
4. Warmth of You
5. Past Lives
7. Dull Knife pt. I
8. Dull Knife pt. II
9. Below the House
Top photo by Matt Hannon.