The Phantom Band @ Tut’s 26-03-09

March 8, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, February 26 * * * *

Before settling on The Phantom Band, tonight’s headliners laboured under numerous guises – Wooden Trees and Tower of Girls the pick of their former somewhat irreverent monikers. The six-piece’s eccentric approach goes beyond the christening of their band and carried through into the recording of debut album Checkmate Savage.
Monster, free-flowing jams were eventually condensed to more accessible lengths while the acoustics of a toilet in Govan played its part too. Their endeavours have certainly paid off in the eyes of critics eager to sing the Glasgow outfit’s praises.
Listening to the band tonight you could see why their Chemikal Underground-released debut has caused such a stir. Theirs is an ambitious sound and one that defies pigeon-holing. It’s also one that, although maybe not instantly accessible, is likely to reveal more with every spin.
That said, the haunting Island definitely made its presence felt within the first few seconds. Pared down in comparison to the more bombastic but equally mesmerising instrumental Crocodile, it successfully silenced those crowd members at the back intent on chattering through the quietest track of the night.
Overall their understated, honest delivery style and organic, multi-layered songs ensured the sold-out crowd embraced the Band during the course of what was an impressive eight-song set.


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