Nomad Planets began as a collaboration between guitarist Mark Mybeck and bassist Phil Rapchak. After their former group, Whistling Jupiters, disbanded, the two began arranging a collection of new and previously unrecorded material. They recruited drummer Mark Bishop and began to flesh out the songs that would ultimately result in The Indestructible Drop, their debut album on The Fairbanks Label. The Indestructible Drop was recorded in the latter half of 1998 and released to positive reaction in January of 1999. Produced and engineered by former Urban Twang guitarist John Carpenter, the recording showcases ambitious and personal lyrics amid a textural blend of rock, folk and country influences. Teenbeat recording artist Cath Carroll lent her considerable vocal talents to two songs, 'Dance' and 'Wink And A Prayer'. The multi-talented Carpenter, added guitar, mandolin and invaluable studio support and joined the band as a full-fledged member shortly before the completion of the disc. Nomad Planets have played live in support of their inaugural release at venues ranging from the WXRT/Goose Island Stage at the Taste of Chicago to the University of Chicago and Uncommon Ground. They have also enjoyed radio success at various regional commercial and college stations. The song '(It Wasn't) San Diego' has been highlighted by Richard Milne on WXRT's weekly Local Anesthetic program and 'Chinese Telephone' has also been featured as a Local Anesthetic Capsule. The band is currently readying new material for a return to the studio that is slated for late summer.
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