This wasn’t a conscious decision to revive this feature, but rather an impulse in aquiet moment to follow up a link in the last Chemikal Underground mailout.
The Phantom Band are Chemikal’s latest signings and, judging by their Myspace, a good one. There are 4 tracks on offer which illustrate that this isn’t a band that’s going to be easily pigeon holed. However, as stab at that, they perhaps are something like Sons and Daughters mixed up with maths rock (and I am overly familiar with neither of these reference points!)
You can hear both sides of their single (released in July) at Myspace. The A-side, ‘Throwing Bones’ is brilliant, whilst the B-side is an instrumental which takes us back towards post-rock territory. You can still get the limited 7″ from Trial and Error whilst the e-version is available here.
The other 2 tracks on the PB Myspace are at least a step removed from these two songs – ‘Crocodehl Dundee’ is another instrumental, it reminds me a bit of Battles without the Pinky & Perky vocals, and it’s even better than ‘The Riff’ whilst ‘Dethalle’ features vocals and is slower perhaps more bluesy than the single.
Here for an extremely limited time only is a low bit-rate version of the A-side:
The Phantom Band – Throwing Bones (single – buy it)
The Phantom Band are playing a headline date on Friday 2nd November at the ABC2 in Glasgow – try their Myspace for tickets.
The even better news (for me, at leas,t since I can’t go on the 2nd) is that they then support Malcolm Middleton on his 2 Scottish dates in December – at the ABC in Glasgow on 5th and at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh on the 6th. Tickets here.