The Phantom Band is swooping in from Glasgow. They’re a six-piece indie rock band, to use the term loosely. In fact they’re an unruly bunch of misfits considering the real mess of musical ideas they throw out there for you to sort and listen through. Their third and latest album is «Strange Friend» (2014) and it was recorded at the same session that also produced a nasty twin, «Fears Trending» for later release. The disc was «born out of the wish for that pure feeling of getting together in the same room and make music.» Which resulted in an eclectic sonic blend of pulsating percolating rhythms as bubbly and as a clear as a Scottish glen. Interspersed with hard driving passages, abrupt changes in direction and an exuberant chorus. Also, you’ll clearly be able to hear the krautrock influence of Kraftwerk as well as chunks of r’n’b, rock’n’roll and even doo wop.
Still, they’re notoriously hard to pin down which is exactly the way they like it. Actually, they’re so non-committal even about their name that after years of switcheroos, or musical chairs if you will, they let their record company pick various names for them. Finally, after a bunch of tries over many years they settled on Phantom Band «because nobody had anything to complain about it». What’s in a name anyway but it’s an indication of a state of mind of a group with tons of confidence.
The sextet in their physical reality is Duncan Marquiss guitar, Gary Hart bass, Andy Wake keyboards, Rick Anthony guitar and vocals, Iain Stewart drums and Greg Sinclair guitars. The Phantom Band is back descending upon on our island which in honor of their visit has been renamed Treasure Island by the Blazing Ghostriver.