How did the new video get made?

Planet X asks Steve Jeffery what the video is about and how it was made

Fat Jack is the first 2D Animation from Planet X https://youtu.be/-eiD9XX9hA4

PX: What is the new video about?

SJ: We wanted something different for the summer surf release so looked at how we could mix retro Californian beach imagery with an underlying hint of the macabre.

The tracks themselves are inspired by early surf pioneers and musicians who set the culture and vibe of the scene back in the day.

For the video we took it and applied the darker skew of Killer Tone Jones using 2 and 3D animation and live footage.

PX: There are some very large people in the video….

SJ: Yep, we wanted to contrast the honed and bronzed bodies of the surfers and the effects of the food and drinks used to promote the culture. They contradict each other and the waste contributes to ruining the seas and beaches that draw the people into surfing.

I remember vividly one of the original protest groups , Surfers Against Sewage in the UK back in the last century https://www.sas.org.uk/ This and the photography of Martin Parr and his portrayal of New Brighton in his famous photo series The Last Resort https://pro.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2S5RYDYDHEB9 helped shaped the setting and storyline.

We transported it to the other side of the globe and to the beaches and surf culture of the 1950s and 60s.

PX: How was the video made?

SJ: The video is a mixture of 2D and 3D animation with some live footage and photos I’ve taken.

The images were animated using Da Vinci Resolve and we added some green screen surfer skeletons and Killer Tone Jones footage to the mix.

It took some time to do as a lot of the images were hand cut from old magazines , photographed using my Nikon D5300 and digitised.

This process gave us the maximum amount of flexibility and a great number of options when piecing the scenes together.

Beauty and ……
….the beast?

PX: Are you happy with the outcome?

SJ: Yes, for our first full length attempt at a 2D based animation it works well. Lots to learn for future projects! Can’t wait!

PX: It isn’t the usual type of video associated with this type of music. Do you think that will be a problem?

SJ: Yes, it will be for sure. Many people into this type of music are broadminded and happy to take things as they are, however it will no doubt upset some people. But if it doesn’t then it isn’t rock and roll !!!

PX: What’s next?

SJ: Working on the video for our Halloween release ‘Helloween’. This is still in development but may well be a mixture of animation and live footage.

CRUSH THE BONE REVIEW

Our alien propaganda is spreading amongst the earth creatures as more and more succumb to the dark side of Rock N Roll from Killer Tone Jones….

Read the review if you dare ……..

Killer Tone Jones review in Die Psychocouch

BOMBORA The New EP release from Killer Tone Jones

Bombora the second EP released by Killer Tone Jones is a four-track surf trash offering living up to the low life now expected from the Killer.

BOMBORA: SURFIN’ FOR PSYCHO’S

Planet X asks Steve Jeffery what is this surfin’ for psychos all about?

“This EP comes with a warning it’s pure surf rock n roll trash. We have used old recording effects and a serious amount of Fender and Gretsch instrumentation to create an authentic sound with a modern twist.

PX: what are the tracks about?

SJ: the tracks are about old surfin superstars and that 50s vibe mixed with the usual B Movie ambience.

Big Fat Jacks Shack is a tribute to Jack O’Neill. The man that launched a million wetsuits and even more T-shirts and almost single handidly set that US surf style.

Jack O’neill

The ‘fat’ comes from a failed experiment with an early wetsuit which made him over inflate in the water. He also used to have a surf shack on the beach (where else!) hence the title.

Jack O’neill testing an early wet suit

RIP Curl Pearl is another tribute, this time to early women surfers such as Australia’s first woman surfer Isabel Letham who was taught by Duke Kahanamoku (The Big Kahuna) Mary Ann Hawkins surfing champion through the Second World War and Robin Grigg who was featured in John Severson’s 1963 surf movie, Angry Sea.

Mary Ann Hawkins

Tiki beat is a track influenced by the late Dick Dale hi speed twangs and pounding beats and more reverb than St Paul’s!

Drums of the dead is a theme song written for film or TV which has that classic surf sound with tribal drum backing and slide guitars.

Girl From Planet X Video premiere 13th July 2019

new Killer Tone Jones Video Premiere coming soon!

The video premiere of The Girl From Planet X will be on 13th July at 19:00 GMT. The video is a tale of terror and mayhem as Planet Earth is ravaged by The Robot hoards sent by the Girl from Planet X.

There is no escape for the human race as the aliens invade from outer space!

B Movie Madness

Whilst most bands seek the glory of the new age Killer Tone Jones beams his unique brand of garage Rock n Roll trash from a different era.

Planet X have produced a video straight from the classic era of 1950s Sci Fi and mixed in the ghost of universal horror from decades before!

If you like to suffer under the heat of an alien death ray or escape the zombie space raiders then this is for you

The Killer gives a warm welcome

“Crush the Bone EP” by Killer Tone Jones 4 Track EP OUT NOW! 

Available on CD, Download and Streaming here..


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Planet X interviews Darren Merinuk US illustrator and cover creator for Killer Tone Jones debut EP ‘Crush The Bone’.

How long have you been creating art?

Been drawing since I was a little kid. Didn’t really get serious about it until the early ’90s though. Started getting record sleeve work in ’92/’93 so I’ve been at it awhile!

What / who have been your biggest influences?

My biggest influence is the old EC comics from the fifties. Also underground comix, sleaze culture in general (B-movies, girlie magazines, tattoos etc), and any artist that’s doing intense, detailed work.

What methods/ techniques do you use?

Strictly old school, brush and ink on paper for me. I use the computer to add color and make a file that printers can work with but most of the work is done by hand like a caveman would do.

Who would you urge people to google to find other active artists?

Some current artists I like are Sol Rac, Karl Kaufman, Dave Warren, Marcel Bontempi, Dirty Donny, Olaf Jens, Dr. Chainsaw and Furillo from Palmeras & Puros zine. Geniuses one and all!

What do you like about the Killer Tone Jones commission?

I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out! Drawing monsters is always a pleasure and the overall creepiness of it worked out pretty well, I think. I like the music I’ve heard so far as well.

What projects are you working on next?

Next up is a tour poster for an Australian garage combo, then a sleeve for a comp of Brazilian ’60s bands. After that, God knows what!

If anyone wants to know more about Daren’s work they can check out his art blog at http://intherubberroom.blogspot.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/darren.merinuk

GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE VIEWING OF THE DEBUT VIDEO FROM KILLER TONE JONES

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Planet X is inviting fans, friends and fiends to the official launch of the Killer Tone Jones ‘Crush The Bone’ Video release.

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Debut Release from Killer Tone Jones four blistering tracks of dark rock n roll noise featuring Crush The Bone, The Girl from Planet X, Death Cabaret and Live:Die: Repeat http://www.planetxmusic.org @planetx @killertonejones @planet_Xmusic planetxsounds@gmail.com shot using a Nikon D5300

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There is always a risk when one art form meets another, especially when music meets visual art, both creatives can want their own vision above all else and that’s why it was essential hank Planet X sourced an experienced and recognised Illustrator for its debut Killer Tone Jones release ‘Crush The Bone’.

Planet X commissioned Darren Merinuk from the US to craft a monster cover for the 4 track EP. Darren had all the right influences from B-movies, sleaze and horror. He also had a great track record so for us this earthling had what it took to advance our alien propaganda.

For the cover we wanted to show Killer Tone Jones at play in his laboratory and to illustrate his quest for eternal resurrection for the dead through experimentation and chemistry.

We’ve included the step by step stages from conception to final draft for the cover illustration. The EP will be released on 1st May 2019 with preorders from late April. You can order via the usual download and streaming sites or via our webshop.

It’s Psychotic, hypnotic and a real rock and roll tonic

The first release from Killer Tone Jones in 2019!

Planet X is preparing to release a 4 track EP in April 2019. The EP will feature Crush The Bone a track from Killer Tone Jones’ debut album Growl as well as three other tracks  The Girl from Planet X, Live:Die: Repeat and Death Cabaret.

Click here for a video exclusive Crush The Bone EP Promo Video

Apart from Killer Tone Jones the tracks feature Steve Jeffery from The Midniters, Serena Sykes from Bamboozle and Lottie B from The Jive Aces.

The dead beat sound of Killer Tone Jones is a mixture of B movie nightmares and garage laced with vintage Gretsch and Fender twang.

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KTJ Black logo 1Planet X commissioned legendary British artist Aidan Hughes to design a vector graphic for Killer Tone Jones.

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SkullGuy by Aidan Hughes

We have long been a fan of the man and his artwork which has garnered worldwide recognition for its cutting edge, dark and powerful graphics style.

You see more of Aidan’s work here: …  http://bruteprop.co.uk/

ABOUT THE MAN

AIDAN HUGHES | bruteprop@gmail.com | Facebook

Aidan Hughes was born on Merseyside, England and was formally trained by his father. His influences include Golden Age comic artists Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Jim Steranko, the Russian Constructivists, the Italian Futurists and the work of woodcut artists Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward.

Despite having never attended art school, he entered the world of commercial art producing artwork and storyboards for clients such as Warner Bros. the BBC and The London Evening Standard. In the 80’s he began a long-term collaboration with industrial band KMFDM, created BRUTE! pulp magazine and worked extensively in radio, TV and the media.

Other work includes designing and art directing, computer games and animation.

Hughes now lives and works in the Czech Republic.

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EXHIBITIONS

BRUTE! Art from the Pulps. Covent Garden, London 1986. | ‘Git!’ Relief murals w/ Gordon McHarg. The Vault, London 1990. | New Paintings show, Soho Gallery, London 1992. | Exhibition. Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London 1993. | New Art show. H-Gun Studios, Chicago 1993. | Artist-in-residence, Zombie. Seattle 1995. | ‘Berserk!’ One-man show, Seattle 1997. | ‘Apocalypse Noir’ one-man show, C-Pop, Detroit 1999. | Art Tube 01. Group show w/ Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, Gavin Turk, Gordon McHarg, Jamie Reid etc. London 2001. | ‘Propaganda’ w/ Shepard Fairey and Winston Smith, Balmy Gallery. San Francisco 2002. | BRUTE! POPAGANDA – Prague 2009 |BRUTE! Republik – Prague 2010. |

TV/FILM – ‘Love Me Gangster’ short film for Channel 4’s Alter Image strand 1986. | ‘Brute’s Adventures of Sizzler!’ Series for Network 7 1987. | ‘Outside the Warehouse’ video for Sham 69 1987. | Dagmar Kreuze promo, Alter Image 1987. | ‘Rocky’. Animated ident for MTV 1988. | ‘Drug Against War’. Animated promo for KMFDM 1993. | ‘ZPC: No Flesh Shall Be Spared’. Animations for PC game (w/ Behemoth) 1997. | ‘Son of a Gun’. Animated promo for KMFDM 1997. | ‘Flaming Head’. Animated ident for Locomotion TV 1998.

Publications ‘Fix Comics’ 1979 | ‘Battle Poet’ w/ Bennett 1981. | ‘Rage!’ Comic 1981. | ‘The Claim’ w/ Bennett 1983. | ‘The Beast of Cszjethe’ serial w/ Bennett, The Magazine 1984. | BRUTE! # 1-7 w/ Bennett 1984-87. | BRUTE! paperback. Sphere Books 1986. | ‘Daft About Lager’ w/ Rohan Daft and Bennett 1989.

Lectures – Cartoon College, London 1986. / Washington State University 1997. / Prague College, Czech Republic 2007-2008.

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Pulse-Alternative Magazine Review – The Midniters @Bedlam Breakout #26

THE MIDNITERS have a sound that wouldn’t be out of place in a Tarantino movie. The band don’t waste a second as the frenetic ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ segues effortlessly into the moody ‘Motorbike Mike’. They pepper their set with some choice covers: ‘Personal Jesus’. ‘Please Don’t Touch’ before closing with a raucous rendition of ‘Swords of a Thousand Men’.

Full Review is here……

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Planet X is proud to beam down some 2D animation and surf macabre from Killer Tone Jones! It’s the first video release from the new EP Bombora: Surfin’ for Psycho’s.

The EP features four new original tracks Big Fat Jack’s Shack, Rip Curl Perl , Tiki Beat and Drums Of The Dead.

KILLER TONE JONES: BIG FAT JACK’S SHACK VIDEO
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The new video mixes real life footage, with green screen and 2D animations. This makes a heady mix of the strange, surreal and macabre with all the taste of a long lost B Movie.

Sign up for the premiere but be warned watch out for the Shark Attack!!!!!!

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With only a week to go before the release of Killer Tone Jones debut EP ‘Crush The Bone’ Planet X asked The Dead Beat King about the stories behind the songs on the EP.

PX: what are this collection of songs about?

KTJ: They are all based upon strange real life stories, Sci Fi literature and Movies.Which are general themes of a lot of KTJ music.

PX: Is Crush The Bone based on a film?

KTJ: No, it’s based upon the case of three Cannibals who lived in Florida USA. They feasted on human flesh eating it to prevent diseases like Diabetes and depression.

They were arrested in 2017 and I read about it when I was sitting in a Disney theme park. I imagined how ludicrous it was to claim eating people could cure you. So the song puts the listener at the dinner table, obsessing over human flesh and craving more and more.

PX: It sounds like Some early Cramps tracks, was this intentional?

KTJ: yes, we pushed the type of sounds the cramps used back in the early 1980s, majoring on a hard feedback fuzz guitar and Gretsch twang.

We also used that famous Nik Knox Tom sound but added slap bass courtesy of Serena Sykes.

PX: The Girl from Planet X must be B Movie based?

KTJ: yes, it has those kind of visuals, but it actually based on Edgar Rice Boroughs 1912 classic Princess of Mars, which is the main John Carter trilogy.

We looked to bring in some early B52s influences on the backing Vocals and mixed this with raw guitars and rim shots.

PX: Death Cabaret has a slower pace and sleazier feel to it, was that deliberate?

KTJ: Yes, it is about a dream or more accurately a nightmare where a 1930s Berlin nightclub Cabaret is taken over by the X Factor. The only difference is that instead of a golden buzzer failing contestants are introduced to members of the gestapo.

We got added sleaze in the mix with sax riffs played by Charlotte Beattie. This gave the track the swing it needed and late night/ early morning feel.

PX: what is Live:Die:Repeat about?

KTJ: The song title was taken from a strap line of a Sci Fi film called ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’

The film had its main protagonists living the same day over and over again until they find a way to defeat ruthless alien invaders who have taken over most of Planet Earth.

PX: what does this collection of songs say about future releases?

KTJ: next up we have a surf EP for the summer, but the same production and musicians have been used.

One of the tracks ‘Big Fat Jacks Shack’ has already been played on internet radio several times and we hope that the twang is the thang for this summer!