the_planet_plutoThe Planet Pluto is a three piece band out of Long Beach CA. They play Alternative/post punk Rock. The group consists of: Blair(Brandon) Hill on guitar/main vocals, Rocky Kratt on bass/backing vocals, and Keith White on drums/percussions. The trio’s lyrical content is heavily influenced by psychological ideas, societal issues, and satire, while their music is melodic and generally upbeat and hard hitting; influenced by such bands as, Muse, The Killers, and Interpol.

“The Planet Pluto” has been a band for about a year (since October 2009), but have been great friends for years before that. They met in high school and we’re initially dissimilar in every way, and background except for their love of art. The three eventually became friends when they discovered their mutual artistic ambition. Blair was an amateur classical composer, while Keith was becoming popular by his own right, on artist communities such as Deviantart and Newgrounds. Rocky, probably the most talented at the time, followed a different path to the medical field, and let his art become more of a pastime. However He and Blair were actively pursuing music in their band “Save Point”. This led to years of creative rivalry, until Rocky and Blair’s previous band found themselves without a drummer. In a desperate attempt to not let the musical magic slip through their fingers, they enlisted Keith to play the part. When Michel Kratt, Rocky’s Brother and lead guitarist to “SavePoint” decided to quit the band to follow other ambitions, “The Planet Pluto” was born. Deciding to scrap all their songs and their previous band name, the band started from scratch, birthing a completely new sound. When picking the name for their band, they sought something with a good ring to it as well as a personal meaning to each member. Realizing that time changes all things, and that control is mostly an illusion, the band chose “The Planet Pluto” as a metaphor that truth is subjective.

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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