The Phantom Band

DF Concerts present

The Phantom Band

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)