BACKUP PLANET–the Nashville-based quartet who write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge–today (3/9) have announced their sophomore full-length album, REACTIONS, will be released Friday, March 31.


In support of the album, BACKUP PLANET will hit the road with fellow American rock band The Heavy Pets for a 21-date co-headline tour dubbed “The Heavy Planet Tour,” kicking off March 17 at High Dive in Gainesville, FL with stops in Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville and Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Bowl (presented by RELIX), among others, before wrapping May 4 at Sundown At Granada in Dallas, TX. The band’s upcoming tour will also include solo headlining dates (see full itinerary below). For more information and where to purchase tickets, visit:


The 10-track REACTIONS album was recorded at Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster] and showcases the band’s top-shelf musicianship and songwriting, which is spotlighted in “Little Mingo,” “A Different Life” and another album standout, the haunting and heartfelt “Sublimation,” that conjures up a simmering stew of impressive fretwork, percussion, and towering vocalsBACKUP PLANETBen Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals]–released their full-length debut, Element, during 2015 and have shared the stage with the likes of The Revivalists, Papadosio, and more in addition to headlining countless packed shows. RELIX proclaimed them “On The Verge,” and one fateful gig led to signing with powerhouse management firm Red Light Management [Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Dopapod, Phish].


Track listing for REACTIONS:


“A Different Life”

“Bad Man”


“Lookin’ Up”

“Little Mingo”

“Earth As A Dream”


“Waste High Jack”

“All In”


Catch BACKUP PLANET on the road:

Fri 3/17 Gainesville, FL High Dive
Sat 3/18 St. Augustine, FL Café Eleven
^Sun 3/19 Charleston, SC Charleston Pour House
^Thu 3/23 Huntsville, AL The Downstairs Connector
^Fri 3/24 Macon, GA The Hummingbird
^Sat 3/25 Savannah, GA Barrelhouse South
Sun 3/26 Dunedin, FL Dunedin Brewery Spring Beer Fest
Wed 3/29 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Thu 3/30 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Fri 3/31 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 4/1 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Mon 4/3 Washington, DC Gypsy Sally’s
Fri 4/14 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy Philly
Sat 4/15 Syracuse, NY Funk’n’Waffles
Tue 4/18 Allston, MA Wonder Bar
Wed 4/19 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl (Presented by RELIX)
Thu 4/20 Bridgeport, CT The Acoustic
Fri 4/21 Albany, NY The Hollow
Sat 4/22 Burlington, VT Nectar’s
Sun 4/23 Providence, RI Alchemy
Wed 4/26 Raleigh, NC The Pour House
Thu 4/27 Knoxville, TN The Concourse
Fri 4/28 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room
Sat 4/29 Jackson, MS Martin’s
Sun 4/30 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
^Tue 5/2 Houston, TX Last Concert Cafe
^Thu 5/4 Dallas, TX Sundown At Granada


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