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First Listen: Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Gomez Members Form Band


What happens when you take 14 musicians, fly them to Hawaii, have them live together for 30 days, and record the results?No, not the latest reality TV show — but Operation Aloha, the self-titled debut from a new supergroup that includes members of Maroon 5 (guitarist James Valentine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael), Phantom Planet (bassist Sam Farrar), and Gomez (frontman Ian Ball, multi-instrumentalist Dajon Everett, and drummer Olly Peacock).

The gaggle of musicians — also including members of All Spots To Black and Kahn Brothers — found time in their schedule to live and record in a compound of tree houses situated in Maui, Hawaii. And their sessions resulted in Operation Aloha,which will be self-released by the band May 12.

A tracklist is still forthcoming, but for now listen to album tune “Failure,” featuring electric guitar, ukulele, and Ian Ball’s throaty lyrics about a girl from the mainland who’s “not your regular Mrs. Robinson.”

Listen: Operation Aloha, “Failure”

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