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, Morrisettes, etc.), all fused together 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 signature GodCity 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 center. 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 harbor such a multi-dimensional sound, they molded together influences from bands such as Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hum, with soaring, Janis Joplin-like vocals, putting the icing over a grungy, noisy cake.
Check out our stream of Planned Dilemma’s “Softly” below:
Photo courtesy of Planned Dilemma.
inspace. will be available on CD and download February 19.
Preorder inspace. here.