TRACER HEIGHTS is excited to be opening for Nashville's own nationally touring artist BACKUP PLANET on Valentine's Day in Kansas City! Let's give them a taste of genuine KC support!
$7 cover / $10 special rate for couples
Doors @ 7:30p
Tracer Heights @ 8:00p
Backup Planet @ 9:30p
About BACKUP PLANET:
«This rock ‘n’ roll band from Nashville heads into the Fall with wind in their sails and surging demand from fans of edgy, progressive rock-jam-funk with a Southern twist. Starting with the release of their new album, Reactions, at the end of March and an East Coast tour in support of it, Backup Planet left a profound mark on two significant regional festivals- Phunkberry Music Festival (Eureka Springs, AR) and Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL)- before performing five sets at Bonnaroo in front of thousands of new fans. It is worth mentioning that three of these were impromptu sets that came about at Bonnaroo, due to the response to their first set.
Backup Planet’s maiden voyage into radio, with their new song-oriented, radio friendly album, introduced them to the influential Relix / Jambands.com charts in the #19 spot, and has steadily climbed the college and AMA charts. With a top notch publicist supporting the ongoing album release tour and a major management firm at the helm, there is what can only be described as a sense of inevitability from buyers across the country— many of whom are making superlative comments about the band’s debut performances— anticipating return dates at their clubs in the late Summer and Fall.
With still more festivals on the horizon before Autumn sets in, Backup Planet stands poised to be one of the break-out bands of 2017.
Rock ‘n’ roll epitomizes escapism in its purest form.
It’s not just artistic anesthetization either, but rather a galvanizing force that inspires us to keep pushing through life’s trials and tribulations. That’s why we still listen to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rush, and countless others all these years later. It’s the same reason audiences will be talking about Backup Planet’s second full-length album, Reactions, for a long time to come. The Nashville, TN quartet—Ben Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals]—write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge. Giving listeners an inspiring and invigorating aural haven, their moniker couldn’t be more apropos…
“I worked at a liquor store all through college,” remembers Ben. “I was sitting there one night in a funk because of school work and a fight with my girl at the time. Every channel on TV decried, ‘The end of the world is nigh!’ I thought, ‘Man, I wish I had a Backup Planet where I could go and escape.’ It dawned on me. That’s what naturally happens when you play music; you’re transported somewhere else. It’s a shared experience where everybody goes together.”
The name perfectly fit the tunes Ben and his college buddy Gavin wrote starting in 2013. Rounded out by Chris and Blake, Backup Planet became a local favorite around the University of Tennessee Knoxville. They independently released their full-length debut, Element, during 2015 and began sharing the stage with the likes of The Revivalists, Papadosio, and more in addition to headlining countless packed shows. Relix proclaimed them “On The Verge,” and one fateful gig led to signing with powerhouse management firm Red Light Management [Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Dopapod, Phish,].
However, tragedy struck Backup Planet only weeks after this big milestone.
“I had a weird sense of premonition,” admits Ben. “We had just left a show, and within 30 seconds, our van was flipped over on the interstate sliding. There were sparks, glass, and metal flying everywhere and people screaming. Fortunately, we were all alive, but we lost our van, gear, and trailer. It flipped our entire lives figuratively and literally on their sides.”
Rather than engage audiences via crowd-funding, the band quietly saved throughout the rest of the year by performing local headline gigs to re-build their infrastructure. Bruised but not broken, they entered Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster,] to record Reactions during 2016. In four weeks, they tracked everything analog the old-fashioned way.
“We love production in all of its forms, and working with Jason was an awesome learning experience,” the singer goes on. “He knew every in-and-out and possible thing you could do in the studio, and it became like a creative sanctuary.”
The title REACTIONS evokes the devotion of these four musicians, facing a near death experience and bouncing back with a deeper appreciation for their craft and a definitive body of work.
“It plays into the laws of physics and thermodynamics,” he says. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You never know what’s going to happen. Everything can change in an instant. It’s about how you react. There are those thematic elements in the music and songwriting. That’s been the story of the last year and ties into what we created.”
As these four talents continue “reacting” at the highest level, listeners everywhere fall into an escape fueled by mind-blowing musicianship, poetic songwriting, and hooks that resound past the heavens.
“This is what we live by musically,” Ben leaves off. “We say this all the time, ‘You can play to three people or three-thousand people, but if you’re not enjoying it and connecting with your band mates, what’s the point?’ Our approach is to take something negative and turn it into a positive by using the language of music. It comes down to overcoming adversity. This makes us complete, and we hope you feel that.”»