Genre: Alternative Rock
Phantom Planet is an alternative rock band from Southern California. The band is most widely known in popular culture for its former member, actor and drummer, Jason Schwartzman and its track “California“, which became the theme song for the popular Fox TV series, The O.C.. They have just finished the Honda Civic Tour with Panic at the Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Hush Sound, and are currently on tour with Paramore, Jack’s Mannequin, and Paper Route on the The Final Riot! Tour.
On November 25, 2008, the band announced in a blog entry on their website that they are going on “hiatus, and will not be playing any more live shows or making any new records, indefinitely.” They played their last show on December 12, 2008, in Los Angeles. Alex mentioned numerous times during their last show that the band was, in fact, going on a hiatus, not breaking up.
Former drummer Jason Schwartzman makes a cheeky reference to this hiatus in his song “Drummer” from the Coconut Records album Davy (released January 2009). The lyrics state “I was a drummer in a band that you’ve heard of / I was a drummer in a band that just broke up / Isn’t that the way it goes?”
Guitarist Darren Robinson posted this message on his personal Myspace page telling fans that they are not broken up: “We have NOT broken up. We are on an indefinite hiatus. That means we don’t know when we’ll regroup. But we are NOT broken up. I swear to you it’s not just a polite way of saying we have broken up. Got it?”