Nathan Benedict, 20, a business major at Cal State Fullerton, has played keyboards for Temecula-based Silent Planet for a year and a half. Benedict always had a passion for music; his passion for performing developed in college. Although he met his band members through different situations, he said they have their faith in common.
â€œEach one of us had been given a desire to play music to glorify God and that desire brought us together,â€ Benedict said.
Their faith is manifested deeply into Silent Planet’s lyrics. They each use their musical talents and personal experiences to contribute to the band’s writing process.
The lyrical inspiration of lead vocalist Garrett Russell, 20, comes from personal experiences and â€œbeing humbled by forgiveness despite my mistakes.â€
Silent Planetâ€™s musical influences vary from bands within their genre, such as Refused and Dillinger Escape Plan, as well as musicians from different genres and decades. They strive to write music on that same level of musicianship.
With songs titles such as â€œEucharist,â€ Silent Planet is not an ordinary hardcore band. The band’s name was inspired by Christian author C. S. Lewis and his cosmic novel, Out of the Silent Planet, which addresses issues of racism, colonialism and religion. The novel has been influential to drummer Jason Scribner, 30, throughout his life and wishes to share â€œthe hope, love and grace of our God that waits to be realized when all our scheming fails to build a perfect futureâ€ with the bandâ€™s audience.
Outside of the musical aspect, the band, comprised of Nick Marshall (vocals and guitar) and Jay Learue, both 23 years old Â ? strives to give time to their fans and show them love. Silent Planet is available to their young fans, so they have the band members to listen to them and help them through their struggles.
â€œWithin the lyrics, you will find information on where that love comes from and what we all believe in, ” Benedict said. “Our motivating factor is Jesus Christ and the stories that tell of his life ? the Bible.”
Although Silent Planetâ€™s genre attracts a younger audience, the band does not have a specific target audience other than anyone who is willing to listen.
â€œWe want to listen to all who listen to us,â€ Scribner said. â€œThe more eclectic, the better so that we may share in very different walks of life.â€
Music is more than entertainment or a hobby for Silent Planet.
â€œMusic is beautiful and infinite,â€ Scribner said. â€œIt provides the transcendence every human being seeks everyday. It is just a matter of finding the genre that lifts your spirit.”
After paying their dues in writing and in the studio, Silent Planetâ€™s focus is on performing. They hope to play shows once a week and create new music.
â€œWe would love to travel and have the opportunity to share with the world what weâ€™ve experienced,â€ Benedict said.