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Bolton, Manchester, UK (2004 – present)

Planningtorock (all one word, often just PTR) is the vehicle of expression of Janine Rostron , a musician and visual artist from Bolton, Manchester, UK who started out in 2004 and has lived in Berlin for ten years. She has released three full-lengths so far, the latest being All Love’s Legal, preceded by W (2011) and her 2006 debut Have It All, which was a full-on chamber-pop romp that established Planningtorock as anything but orthodox.

A ball of energy that landed as if by happy accident in the middle of the art, fashion and music worlds, Planningtorock allowed Janine to travel the globe performing at gig venues and arts events. She built a formidable reputation with a theatrical solo show in which she performed, wearing white and sometimes donning a customised PTR helmet, in front of the mesmeric videos she’d made for each track. Multimedia and sometimes kind of multi-gender, Planningtorock seemed to raise more questions than Janine had answers for, which tickled her. And through doing the live shows, she realised that her songs took on a second life, which in turn fed back into her music.

While she is a new name to many, those who know Planningtorock tend to form a strong emotional connection with her work. No doubt about it, Janine is totally out there on her own, and with W, she’s raised the bar several notches, producing a powerful soul odyssey that ravishes the listener and comfortably ranks as one of the DFA label’s finest releases.

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  • vdewes

    LET'S TALK ABOUT GENDER BABY

    1 Mar 4:52am Reply
  • YWN

    these song titles gave me aids

    27 Feb 8:53am Reply
  • papermoon13

    LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU AND ME

    17 Feb 3:22pm Reply
  • ManuBomb

    LET'S TALK ABOUT GENDER BABY

    15 Jan 3:43am Reply
  • GabrielRuviaro

    @Drudenfusz even if it has became a product, it is a product that carry a message and make people think, so for me it's a "good brand"

    6 Jan 8:01pm Reply
  • Drudenfusz

    Why do I always get that these days feminism has become just a brand to sell product?

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • pqpaulinho

    http://www.lastfm.com.br/music/Planningtorock/+images/84729063

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • poker_face22

    хорошее музло

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Janzu21

    Z-z-z...

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • SVVORDS

    Finally Jam's coming to México.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • trent576

    "ok, you want to talk about gender, let's hear what you have to say........... ok, gender is relative, I got it............ OK, but what else?" ~ she said what she had to say about it on W but a lot of people didn't get that. the new albums bluntness and sloganeering is to prompt the conversation not be the conversation.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    My problem with the new album it's the lyrics, she doesn't seem to reach the message, I mean, the politic side it's ok, her point of view it's ok, but she can't explain herself in the tracks and... at the end of the album it seems like you're not full with the message and it tends to get lost in your mind so it's the album. I can only enjoy this new album if I don't pay attention to the lyrics, because the instrumentation it's cool (not as good as W tbh) but I believe in PTR so whatever.

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • DiffusionOfTime

    @Naytan, @esoteric888 you said what I wanted to say much better. I was being too succinct. This was just a bad mix of things for me. I seek to be very pragmatic on political matters. Social justice activists (which PTR [i]really[/i] has become) and misogynistic red pillers piss me off equally. Just let people be who they want, and [i]lead by example[/i]. This is why I loved W so much (it was my album of the year for 2011). Not only is it a sonic masterpiece, it leads by example on what she wanted to convey. Now, I understand she wanted to make this album because she felt so emotionally strongly on all of this. If you want to reach people, you have to do so with a gentle hand and show them, not tell them. Everything has a line, and she crossed it. It's too much. It actually makes me listen to her music very infrequently now. I sincerely hope her next work (if there is one, she's stated she [i]almost[/i] quit after W) is back to her roots, or is something different and void of politics.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JukeBoxx-

    Let's Talk About Gender Baby <3

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Sutinen

    Steps is really great YES!

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • artbitchh

    Steps is by far the best on the new album. SO GOOD!

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • wandering_blue

    She's more male than me

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Naytan

    I feel exactly like @esoteric888 about All Love's Legal, and, speaking from MY very experience with the album, I particularly think that Jam fails to deliver her/his message: it gets to a point where it's like "ok, you want to talk about gender, let's hear what you have to say........... ok, gender is relative, I got it............ OK, but what else?............. I'm done, you're annoying me to death". I mean: if you want to convey a so important message, put some effort in it! It sounds to me as if the whole album was created in one or two weeks. I listened to it once, twice, thrice, then gave it up. I truly don't know if the lack of wizardry was intentional or accidental, but, whichever, All Love's Legal didn't reach me.

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • MikeMoldao

    ugh, I won't even listen to this. The song titles are cringeworthy.

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • CookiePolice

    I mean, she must know that she isn't in the position of having a huge fanbase and that her message would not have a huge impact anyway. to reach that, she probably would have to change her sound, which is in my opinion a lot more challenging than the lyrics. she might be narrowed as an only political artist with All Love's Legal but since the gender switching in W and her long friendship with the Knife it was no news that she'd go into that direction. she's been always like that. with this album I see PTR more as a start of a movement to motivate more artists to include gender equality and other social political topics in their works. if you look at Beyoncé's Flawless you can see that there is definitely interest in taking these topics more into the mainstream where they would defintiely reach a wider audience.

    16 May 2014 Reply
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