It seems better that the legacy of the alt-rock ’90s not be smashed together supergroups made up of our not-gone and not-forgotten heroes-past. There's obviously people who still want to hear new music in the vein of Rage and STP and G ’n' F-in R and Soundgarden and that's totally fair enough. But now, in 2006, does it really have to come from those dudes themselves? Isn't there a new generation that's absorbed all that and decided to re-imagine it for themselves? It was not a question we had thought to ask until we saw People In Planes, a group of young dudes from South Wales that makes alt-rock that has the shredding parts and the moody parts and the religious references and the power ballad-y sounds and the tortured feelings and everything that was right about that sound. They also have Gareth Jones, who was born with an honest to God Great Rock & Roll Singing Voice. We had seen their video, but catching them at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday was a bizarre experience for us—the group that could possibly eat MTV2's alt.universe whole at the downtown indie rock stalwart? They also came by the office and did an acoustic set, which was probably a bizarre experience for them. Can you imagine getting all dark and shredding in an office on 23rd street? Not easy. But well done nonetheless.
February 03, 2006