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Fri 12 Dec 2014 | 7pm-10pm | £12.50 + £1.25 BF & £1.50 TF (Web Only) | 14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an 18+ adult)
One of Scotland’s most acclaimed and beloved groups, The Phantom Band, are coming to The Arches for their first headline show at the venue.
Formed in 2002 and releasing music under several different names, Duncan Marquiss (guitar), Gerry Hart (bass), Andy Wake (keyboards), Rick Anthony (vocals and guitar), Iain Stewart (drums) and Greg Sinclair (guitars) began using the name The Phantom Band in 2006, previously used by friends and followers in reference to their regular name changes, some time around 2006 or 2007, before releasing the Throwing Bones single on London’s Trial & Error Recordings. In 2008, the band signed with Glasgow based label Chemikal Underground. They released their debut studio album Checkmate Savage in January 2009. The follow-up, The Wants was released in October 2010. Live, The Phantom Band are a sight (and sound) to behold: Rick Anthony’s fire and brimstone delivery counterbalanced by a cabalistic consortium of whoops, moogs, guitars, banjos and seemingly endless percussion.
In 2014, The Phantom Band returned after three and a half years with their third album Strange Friend – an album without one firm concept at its root, but several, infused with multiple meanings, it reflects the constant percolation of voices within the Scottish six-piece, all jostling for their say. Musically Strange Friend is the most straight-up set of recordings the band have put to wax. Those burbling, fluttering electronics that drag their sound through a wormhole and out into the 70s alongside the soundtracks of John Carpenter and the kosmische of Kraftwerk and Neu! remain; the elements of folk; the woozy organ sounds. The difference is now it feels as though an imaginary thread’s been pulled tight through it all. The Arches are delighted to welcome The Phantom Band, a band acclaimed as “thrillingly inventive,” (Uncut Magazine), “unique,” (Mojo) “bewitching” (The Guardian) and “that rarest of things – an excellent British rock band.” (NME)
Tickets £12.50 + £1.25 BF & £1.50 TF (Web Only)
Enter through Argyle Street Entrance
14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an 18+ adult)
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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