“California, here we come” reverberates with the angst of the 2000s, as this catchy track accompanied the intro for The OC. The exponential success of this song came from Phantom Planet, an alt-rock band that’s actually been around since 1994. Now, twenty-six years later, the gang is back together, pushing their 12-year hiatus from songwriting out to deliver us with Devastator. (Also – did you know Jason Schwartzman was in the band back then?!)
We begin Devastator with leading single “BALISONG.” An emphatic chorus embraces a pitch change to enhance its singability, and sprinkled-in synth meshing with the closing guitar riff is a nice little touch. “Party Animal” is a solid jaunt with an interesting choice in its 7/8 time signature. Driving guitars and a great solo add some flair to this track.