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Planes Mistaken For Stars, Those Mockingbirds @ Maxwell's 8.9.12 (review)

By: Terrance Pryor

Last Thursday, a bevy of people made their way to Maxwell's to experience the sheer awesomeness of Planes Mistaken For Stars again. The group announced a short East Coast reunion tour a few months back that brought joy to their East Coast fans and brought pure sadness to their West Coast fans.

Opening act Those Mockingbirds seemed out of place on this bill. Hell, the venue was blaring stoner metal acts in between bands. Some would say that they were the calm before the storm. The deep breath before the plunge. The appetizer before the meal. Either way, TMB delivered a sensational performance that simply rocked Maxwell's. The Montclair group recently performed with Armor for Sleep and will record new music soon.

West Paterson's The Sun The Moon The Stars brought the kind of stoner metal that Michael Phelps would endorse. With his left leg perched on the monitors, vocalist Matthew Dwyer howled at the Maxwell's crowd while guitarist Joe Ott delivered fiery, turbo charged guitar solos. Things got super intense during "Sand and Stone" as the venue almost melted to the ground during the band's ferocious performance. If you are the kind of person that likes to bang their heads, be sure to pick up the band's recent release Mind Reader.

Planes Mistaken for Stars always found their way back to New Jersey whether they were performing at Skate & Surf or Hellfest. The band was set to perform at the infamous 2005 installment of Hellfest but we all know how THAT turned out (thanks, Keith). Its been almost 5 years since the Illinois group last performed in the Garden State.

PMFS kicked off their set around 10:30 to the roar of their fans. The one thing that was missing from the stage was the setlist. The band pretty much decided to go with the flow for the next hour and everyone at Maxwell's flowed along with them. The crowd bum rushed the band throughout their set much to vocalist Gared O Donnell's delight. Whether is was the sing-along during "Belly Full of Hell", the crowd yelling "Copper & Stars" or the drunk moshing that plagued the pit,this show made everyone feel as if they were back in high school watching one of their favorite acts tear it up.