The New Orleans date of Vans Warped Tour was an odd layout. Space was limited, and a few of the stages and vendors were actually inside a building, was is definitely an unusual characteristic for our typical day. Our tent got set up on the second floor of a building that housed the Cyclops and Poseidon stages for the day. The rest of the tour was happening outside, with the exception of the merch tents of the bands on those two stages. At one point, I needed to go outside. The Full Sail stage was set up right outside the door to this building, so when I went out, I was immediately among the fans who were watching the band currently on that stage.
Now I used to play in a metal band. At that time, I was pretty up to date about the bands that were on top of the scene, the bands that were making their way to the top, and even many of the bands who were just starting to gain momentum. Suffice it to say that if a metal band has started to make themselves known in the past 5 years, there’s a good chance I may not be too familiar with them. With that in mind, I wasn’t familiar with the band that was on the stage I was seeing. I wouldn’t typically have stopped at that moment. Bands were everywhere…if I stopped for every single one, I’d have never gotten back to the tent. But as I approached, the singer of this band was introducing their next song. “This song is about rape culture in America and how we exploit the sexuality of women for a profit.” I am paraphrasing, because as I would come to learn, the man speaking is a far more eloquent speaker and writer than I could ever hope to be. Nonetheless, he had my attention. The next song he introduced by saying it was about how the history of our country included peaceful churches being built on the buried bodies of this land’s indigenous people. This guy was prefacing every single song with an incredibly deep meaning.
I came to learn that this band was Silent Planet. I knew I wanted to at the very least know them, and if they were willing, to work with them. I approached them, and they agreed, and I got to know that these were some of the most loving, compassionate people on the entire tour. Once we gave them AVFTI shirts, Garrett never took it off. I learned that their fans are treated with only the utmost respect. We had Silent Planet at our tent for a few signings, and I watched singer, Garrett Russell, spend as much time with a fan as the fan wanted. One fan brought a Silent Planet flag through the line and asked each member to write their favorite lyrics on it. They did. I watched countless others thank the band for writing music that has helped them get through hard times in their life. And I watched Garrett get up and hug one particularly emotional fan for no less than five minutes across the table, competing for one of the most beautiful moments I witnessed all summer long.
Silent Planet is a band to pay attention to – not only because they are a band that I believe will do huge things, but also because they are a band that has something meaningful to say. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They are signed with Solid State Records, and have music available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and everywhere else. They are on the last leg of the For Today Farewell tour, and we’ve posted the video for their song Orphan, off their recent release titled Everything Was Sound, below.