My wife and I went to a concert the other night in San Diego where we stayed at an AirBNB for the night. The host asked us who we were going to see. So we tell her The Glitch Mob, and she asks us "Oh are they more of an underground band?" And we actually had to pause and think about it like "Um yeah I guess you could say that." I bring this up because I haven't heard people refer to music as "underground" in a long time.
It used to be so much harder to be able to go out and search for music that interested you. I remember when I was a kid, we would just pretty much buy the CD of whatever popular artist we liked. But now with social media and music sharing services, we can easily access the music that we can relate to. It is truly a beautiful thing.
Released March 31, 2017
The self-titled debut from Phantoms is over a year old now, and is only growing in popularity since it's release. I had never heard of these guys until my wife and I went to a Chromeo concert recently where they opened for the Canadian funk duo. This duo came with energy and a passion for music and performing and totally killed their set. They made people listen, whether we knew who they were or not. Their performance left me both impressed, and surprised that I went this long without hearing about these guys.
So in case you don't know who they are, I am here to share with you this dope ass album they dropped. With 25 thousand followers on Instagram, they are just starting to sizzle onto the scene by taking their show nationwide. The duo is composed of two former actors who realized that music was their true calling. Their acting history only adds to realization of why performing came so easy to these guys, it's what they've done for years. Only this time, it's on a different stage.
They came out to a banger called "Been Here Before." We were just stranding around pretty much waiting for Chromeo to perform, and the beat infiltrated our bodies and forced us to start dancing. I had no idea what was going on, I was looking around like "Damn, this whole place lit rn." They let the beat ride and it instantly turned into one huge party. The song was perfect to come out to, because it let us know that this moment doesn't feel new to them. Like they were born for it.
You had my attention
From the moment our eyes met
Don’t know where we left it
But you left me and I’m selfish
You shot me a look
That's all it took to reel me in
How could I forget?
I didn’t expect to see you again
And it feels like
I've been here before
The album is a constant flood of positive vibes mixed in with the feeling of a warm summer pool party. And the way they performed it on stage made it feel like the party was never going to end. With songs like "Just a Feeling" and "Throw it in the Fire" put your entire existence on another planet where gravity does not exist. It leaves you with a cleansing feeling that will put your mind at ease and remind you how to have fun in life.
This album left me realizing something very important, staying true to yourself. These guys can be compared to groups like Zhu, Disclosure, or Flume. But what sets them apart is their ability to be unique and transparent, like many respected artists. I fully encourage that you go and listen to Phantoms no matter what mood you're in, I guarantee it will put you in the right state of mind and remind you what makes you unique.
They got bars tho...
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.