Planet Smashers – MLHS Music Podcast

The Planet Smashers
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Mike Sullivan (@mickeysullz) and I sat down with lead singer and all-around fantastic guy, Matt Collyer of Ska/Punk legends, Planet Smashers.

We covered the Leafs (clearly), being a Leaf fan in Montreal and why he was emailing with Dion Phaneuf. It was a ton of fun and we hope ya’ll enjoy it.

A quick bio:

Emerging from the rather unlikely locale of Montreal, Quebec, ska revivalists the Planet Smashers were formed in 1994 by singer/guitarist Matt Collyer, bassist Dave Cooper, saxophonist Leon Kingston, trombonist Kurt Ruzenisky, and drummer Tim Doyle. Debuting with a 1996 self-titled effort for their own STOMP imprint, later that year they also issued the EP Inflate to 45 RPM. Attack of the Planet Smashers appeared in 1998, followed by Life of the Party a year later. By this point the band’s lineup had shifted to include Collyer, Cooper, saxophonist Neil “Lonestar” Johnson, trombonist Andrew Lattoni, and drummer Scott Russell. They’d also built a respectable following throughout North America, touring with bands like Mustard Plug, AFI, Samiam, and the Aquabats, among others, and STOMP was doing well as a ska- and punk-flavored indie. the Planet Smashers remained consistent over the years, dropping No Self Control in 2001, Fabricated in 2002, and Mighty in 2004. The DVD Ten appeared in 2004 as well, documenting the band’s first ten years together with interviews, music videos, live footage, and more, while the band spent several weeks on the summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Unstoppable was next issued in 2005.

A list of bands that are on Matt’s label, Stomp Records.

• Aggrolites
• All Skanadian Vol. 5
• Beatdown
• Bedouin Soundclash
• Big D And The Kids Table
• Brains
• Buck O Nine
• Creepshow
• Danny Rebel & The KGB
• Dreadnoughts
• East End Radicals
• Expos
• Flatfoot 56
• Fundamentals
• Gangster Politics
• General Rudie
• Glen Matlock
• Hellbound Hepcats
• Hunters
• Hypnophonics
• Jah Cutta
• JFK & the Conspirators
• Johnstones
• Kman and the 45’s
• Koffin Kats
• Mahones
• Miracles
• New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
• One Night Band
• Open Season
• Planet Smashers
• Random Hand
• Real McKenzies
• Resignators
• Rude City Riot
• Saint Alvia
• Sarah Blackwood
• Skavenjah
• Snitch
• The Kingpins
• The Know How
• The New City Gamblers
• The Peacocks
• The Skatalites
• The Stomp All Stars
• Toasters
• Total Chaos
• Turbo A.C.s
• V/A Compilations
• Walk Off The Earth
• Westbound Train
• Whole Lotta Milka