Planet Hunter is a musical ensemble from the four corners of Wellington, i.e. Tawa, Miramar, Will’s House, and Rongotai. The members of Planet Hunter play on electric guitar, bass guitar, drum set, and giant eyeball with microphone and camera inside. Dress code is typically bogan casual; flamboyancy, however, is encouraged.

The music of Planet Hunter has been referred to as stoner rock, but it has also been referred to as “sludge infested water” and “the pointy end of the pyramid of inspiration.

True story: Planet Hunter named themselves on the very same day that NASA launched its planet-hunting satellite ‘TESS’ into the cosmos to search for exoplanets . As of this writing TESS has already found an earth-sized world in a star’s habitable zone. NASA, having moved away from Roman deities, has given this exciting exoplanet the rather forgettable name of TOI 700 d. The system is only 100 lightyears away, so there’s every chance humans could visit if we figure out warp speed. Jed, who is Planet Hunter’s bass player, is apparently pretty close to achieving warp speed, but his last batch exploded and took out half the basement.

Unfortunately, the band is far less ambitious than NASA, but that’s only because its budget is considerably lower. The TESS project cost $200 million to develop and $87 million to launch. Planet Hunter (the musical group) is about $600 in debt from recording an EP.

Happily, you can contribute to the band’s journey out of debt by purchasing an EP for $4. Just click here. You can also donate the $4 to NASA. They don’t need it as much, but they are arguably doing more important work.




Planet Hunter by Garry Thomas Photography