The magnificent Phantom Band made one of the best albums of 2009 and are currently working on the follow up. However, they’ll be taking a break from the studio to play Le Rock Etats Festival in France next weekend. Vic has more on The Phantom Band and this week’s gig list.

Phantom Band at Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats Festival in France

by Vic Galloway

With a growing fanbase all over the UK and now in France, thanks to various favourable reviews and festival appearances, the mighty Phantom Band strap on their guitars, moogs and percussive shrapnel to confuse and confound more audiences… in a good way!

I absolutely loved ‘Checkmate Savage’, their debut LP for Chemikal Underground Records, and cannot wait for the follow-up which is currently being finished off as I write this. I’m sure it will feature many of their krautrock, prog, indie and folk influences but push forward and sideways into musical places most bands are scared to tread.

If you’ve never experienced their live show, you’re in for a treat as they lay down a strangely danceable yet bleak voodoo stomp wherever they decide to cut some action… Brilliant band – go and see them I urge you!

Also on tour this week: The Cinematics, Average White Band, Meursault, Hostage, Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Camera Obscura and Calvin Harris.


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The Phantom Band ‘Throwing Bones’ Live at Tan Hill Inn 1 May 2010


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