Sinai Planum Discusses EP, Release Party for It and More!

Alternative rock band SINAI PLANUM have released their first single "Burn The Hideaway" as well as working upon a new EP. This band has no plans on slowing down, the band goes on to discuss these matters and what lays ahead for them.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

It all started when we used to play with friends in a small studio provided by our school. At this time the band was formed by Jan (guitarist), Alex Cionca (singer) and Loïc (drummer) and other good friends. In High School, we (Jan and Alex Cionca) formed another band as Loïc went to another school, so we went out of touch a little. After we decided to break it up in 2016, we met again to jam with Loïc. We finally needed a bass player, and we thought about Alex Kawecki, whom we met in music class in High School. After some jams and covers, we decided to be more serious and make our own songs. Now it’s been 3 years and we feel fortunate to have great chemistry, even if each member has its own musical taste, which ultimately is a strength, we think.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

To be honest, we've had a hard time finding the name. As we started to write our own music we realized there was a tendency for "sci-fi and spacey" sounds, as with our interests in cosmic-related stuff. So one day we were talking about Mars and looking at names of a few regions on there and that's when we saw the name of Sinai Planum. And it kind of spoke to us, we could shape our own world around it and we liked that idea.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We have our studio in Perroy, a small but pretty little village near Lausanne, where most of the music scene happens. We are lucky because this region has a very rich cultural scene and contains an incredibly high density of big festivals like the Montreux Jazz or Paléo. There are many great bands in our area. We highly recommend our friends from Fixit and Peacebone. They are young and fresh. You should check them out!

4. How would you describe your style?

I think you can say that, we're kind of a garage rock, alternative rock band with some weird unorthodox tracks sometimes. We're mostly inspired by a few works of the late 90's like Queens of the Stone Age and some new bands like King Gizzard & the Lizzard Wizard and All Them Witches.

We like high-energy drums with overdriven riffs mixed with catchy lyrics, even if every now and then we create calm, echo-y songs that make you relax after all that vitality. Sometimes we like to write a straight-to-the-point tune that’s in your face, and sometimes we like to take our time and shape our songs in long, strange structures. We also noticed that, in the writing process, we tend to mix these compact « verse-chorus » parts with these extended trippy breaks. On some occasions, that works and we love it, as in Visions. However, at times, we realize that it doesn’t fit the song and we have to start the structure over. It’s all about the balance.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

For now we have released 3 singles. The first one "Burn the hideaway" came out in 2019. We recently dropped "Rocket Fuel" & "Visions" which are part of our soon-to-be released EP. From the beginning, we set up the challenge to record our songs ourselves as Jan has always loved the production aspect of songwriting. So we invested in lots of recording gear, microphones, preamps, cables, etc… This gave us a lot of flexibility which also made it harder for us to set things for good. As we are perfectionists it can take a lot of time to make a song in its whole.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We're about to release our self-produced EP named "Sauvage Café" on November 20th and we're already recording another single called "Circles". We have a lot of songs to record next but recording and mixing takes a lot of time. We hope to have an efficient 2021.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We love playing live but unfortunately we've had a few gigs cancelled because of the current pandemic. However, we will have the pleasure to play the release-party of our upcoming EP on both November 20th & 21st, respectively at the Regional Rock, Lausanne & La-Bille, La Sarraz. Moreover we have dates for 2021 to be confirmed.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

For 2021, we plan to release 5 singles and develop our visual universe by shooting many video clips and we're already working on the one for the next single. We are very fond of the idea of working with musicians outside of the band as we did with Timothée Spörli who played the trumpet in "Visions" and we want to push this concept even more with another special guest on our upcoming single "Circles" !

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We're on most streaming platforms like Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes. As of today, we have no merch but if you want to help us, you can buy our songs on Bandcamp. Merch will follow soon.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The primary thing we want to transmit to the listeners is the energy that we channel in our songs. As the lyrical content is up for interpretation and everyone will find a different meaning, we hope that the vitality we put in will somehow motivate people to keep going forward, dance when they feel like dancing and sing when they feel like singing. This is the beauty of rock music and this is why we love it so much.

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