Silent Planet Spotlights Homeless LGBTQ Youth With 'Visible Unseen' Premiere


Silent Planet's upcoming third album, When The End Began, has some high-minded ideas -- apocalypse, everlasting return and the disaster of the trendy world, based on frontman Garrett Russell. But on the observe "Visible Unseen," whose video is premiering completely beneath, any abstraction related to these concepts is channeled into a way more concrete which means.

"'Visible Unseen' is in regards to the epidemic of homeless LGBTQ youth -- a statistically observable phenomenon the place disproportionate numbers of LGBT youth are homeless in America," Russell, who holds levels in philosophy, English and scientific psychology, tells Billboard. "The tune was impressed by heartbreaking conversations I've had at exhibits, listening to the ache of children who've been deserted by households and shunned by communities, just because they don't match a standard paradigm of sexuality. I name these youths the 'Visible Unseen' as a result of it is a phenomenon that's occurring round us, however typically goes ignored.

"So that is an anthem for them, and a problem for us, to acknowledge an often-isolated, needing group of younger individuals in our society." The video ends by hailing the work of The Trevor Project, True Colors Fund, RAINN and extra in combating LGBTQ homelessness.

Recorded in New Jersey with producer Will Putney, When the End Began -- out Nov. 2 -- finds the California quartet nonetheless in ferocious mode however stretching past its metalcore roots, exploring completely different dynamics and textures together with extra straight-up, mainstream-leaning rock on the observe "In Absence."

"We're doing our greatest to be a band that seeks to take possibilities and do some distinctive stuff inside the confines of a style that previously hasn't been very open to taking dangers," Russell explains. "You'd assume while you're doing a bunch of loud music and screaming and stuff that there's no actual guidelines, however, shock, there's a whole lot of guidelines artists and listeners appear to impose on the style. That simply made it clear to us that the one fixed for us can be change. We selected early on that we're not going to carry on to the method that works for fulfillment, particularly when there's already a crowd of individuals on the high who're doing the identical factor.

"If you're going to attempt to get to the place anybody can presumably give a shit about your band, you're gonna must take an opportunity or two and present them why they need to hearken to our band once they can hearken to 20 others on the market."

Russell confronted one other important problem earlier than Silent Planet started engaged on When the End Began. He underwent ear surgical procedure two weeks earlier than the periods started, forcing him to drive coast to coast moderately than fly and presumably do harm to his listening to.

"I used to be just about unable to listen to out of 1 ear, and it was undoubtedly inflicting me some issues, particularly with dwell music," Russell explains. "I wouldn't say my profession was in jeopardy, however my capacity to take pleasure in music was, and it was not straightforward to make music, so it was one thing that needed to be repaired."

Silent Planet has simply launched a tour to get When the End Began off to a very good begin, with North American dates into late November and a European run beginning Nov. 23 in Belgium. "Now that we now have three albums out we will actually make a set checklist and choose sure components from the albums that we actually imagine in," Russell says. "We're actually rising right here and getting actually excited to get stuff out figuring out it's going to be enjoyable to play dwell. Every time we do a tour and folks come out to help us, it's such a reduction 'trigger typically you have got a concern you'll exit and nobody will come and that's the demise knell. So far we've been in a position to actually simply proceed to construct, and I feel this tour might be a very good likelihood to see that we will actually be within the huge leagues with headlining bands."