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Plankeye was a California-based Christian rock band which existed from 1992 to 2002. It began as a rowdy punk foursome signed to Seattle’s Tooth & Nail Records, with frontman Scott Silletta providing aggressive, baritone vocals. After Silletta left the group in 1998, the band was reduced to just two members. Eric Balmer and Luis Garcia moved to BEC Recordings, took on an experimental indie sound, and shared the spotlight as lead singers. The band dissolved in 2002 after Balmer and Garcia released a best-of compilation and a final EP’s worth of new material.

An exhaustive band history can be found on the group’s Facebook page:

Plankeye was a Christian alternative rock band and one of Tooth & Nail Records' greatest successes during the 90’s and early 2000’s. Plankeye’s style could be defined as melodic post-grunge combined with indie and alternative elements. Their first few albums also incorporated a fair amount of punk rock elements, but this aspect faded when original singer Scott Silletta left the band.

In 1994, Plankeye released Spill, their first album, which was able to garner enough sales to catch the interest of Tooth and Nail Records. Spill was re-released on Tooth and Nail, as Plankeye went into the studio again to record a slightly less aggressive album, The Spark.

In 1996, Plankeye released Commonwealth, which introduced a more polished and mature sound. Over the course of the next year, the group toured constantly, opening for the Newsboys. In November 1997, the group released their best selling album, The One & Only. To promote this album, Plankeye headlined “The One & Only Tour”, featuring opening act, the Insyderz. One year later, lead singer Scott Silletta and drummer Adam Ferry left Plankeye. Adam Ferry left to become a youth pastor and Scott Silletta left to form the short-lived pop-punk band Fanmail. Silletta later formed a record label called “Vanishing Point Records” with a lineup including his new band “The Franchise”. He also created his own recording studio called Orange Crush Studio located in Orange, California.

In 1999, Balmer and Garcia released Relocation on a new record label, BEC Recordings. This album featured Plankeye’s heartfelt single, “Goodbye”. Some wondered if this song was subtly referencing Scott and Adam’s departure from the band, something which Eric and Luis refuted.

In 2001, Plankeye’s song, “When It Comes”, was chosen by MP3.com to be included on their radio show ‘The Download’. Plankeye beat out 12,000 or so other Alternative bands on MP3.com to get on the show.

In spring of 2001, Kevin Poush and Louie Ruiz joined Plankeye to record Plankeye’s most experimental album to date, Strange Exchange. In 2002, Poush and Ruiz left the band, and Balmer and Garcia recorded Wings to Fly, a greatest-of compilation which also had 6 new songs including a re-recording of “Bicycle”, from Commonwealth.

After Plankeye broke up, Eric Balmer formed a band called Fielding with his wife, Beth. Fielding released an album in 2005 which was self titled.

PlankEye Albums

Wings to Fly Wings to Fly PlankEye Released 2002 17 37
Strange Exchange Strange Exchange PlankEye Released April 10, 2001 10 26
Relocation Relocation PlankEye Released 1999 11 31
Commonwealth Commonwealth PlankEye Released June 7, 1996 10 34
The Spark The Spark PlankEye Released 1995 11 31
Spill Spill PlankEye Released 1994 7 28

PlankEye Lyricsby Popularity

1 Goodbye PlankEye 38 2 Goodbye (Wings to Fly Album Version) PlankEye 34 3 Wings to Fly PlankEye 33 4 Break My Fall PlankEye 32 5 Psalm 20 PlankEye 30 6 The Way of the Earth PlankEye 30 7 Commonwealth PlankEye 29 8 Let Me Be Near You PlankEye 29 9 One Or The Other PlankEye 28 10 Scared of Me PlankEye 27 11 Push Me Down (Veiled) PlankEye 25 12 Playground PlankEye 25 13 Chemicals and Sleep PlankEye 25 14 Beautiful PlankEye 24 15 Indivisible PlankEye 24 16 Let's Try Again Tomorrow PlankEye 23 17 It's a Perfect Day Jerome PlankEye 23 18 When It Comes PlankEye 23 19 Questions PlankEye 22 20 Step Away PlankEye 22 21 By Design PlankEye 22 22 Landmarks PlankEye 21 23 Tonight PlankEye 21 24 How Much I Don't Know PlankEye 21 25 Chemicals and Sleep PlankEye 21 26 My Wife PlankEye 21 27 How Much I Don't Know PlankEye 21 28 Boy PlankEye 20 29 Forever PlankEye 20 30 B.C. PlankEye 20 31 Someday PlankEye 20 32 Bring It Down PlankEye 20 33 It's Been So Very Long PlankEye 20 34 The Meaning of It All PlankEye 19 35 Untitled PlankEye 19 36 Say Now That You're Sorry PlankEye 19 37 I Can't Complain PlankEye 19 38 You Got It PlankEye 19 39 You Are for Me PlankEye 19 40 Compromise PlankEye 18 41 Whisper to Me PlankEye 18 42 Dichotomy PlankEye 18 43 Power PlankEye 18 44 Honey and Oil PlankEye 18 45 Fall Down PlankEye 18 46 Three-Fold Chord PlankEye 17 47 So Far From Home PlankEye 17 48 Bold PlankEye 17 49 Bicycle (Wings to Fly Album Version) PlankEye 17 50 Scared PlankEye 17 51 Who Loves You More PlankEye 17 52 Indivisible PlankEye 17 53 Goodbye (Original Version) PlankEye 17 54 This Is PlankEye 17 55 B.C. PlankEye 16 56 Struck by the Chord PlankEye 16 57 Who Loves You More PlankEye 16 58 Placement PlankEye 15 59 Drive PlankEye 15 60 Free Me PlankEye 15 61 Open House PlankEye 15 62 Remind PlankEye 15 63 Break of Dawn PlankEye 15 64 He PlankEye 14 65 Bicycle PlankEye 14 66 Beautiful PlankEye 14 67 Know Way PlankEye 14 68 Break My Fall PlankEye 14 69 Someday PlankEye 14 70 Open House PlankEye 13 71 Let Me Go PlankEye 13 72 Down to the Alter PlankEye 13 73 Call Me Liar PlankEye 13 74 Open Eyes PlankEye 12