One thing about the Indie music industry is that the artists are hard working and constantly evolving and adapting in order to move ahead. PHANTASM is a perfect example of this. PHANTASM consists of Aaron White (vocals, live looping, and bass), Steven Rosplock (synth, guitar, and keyboard), and Jay Yachetta (drums). I was honestly blown away when I looked over their bio: this three man rock explosion is self produced, managed, and has been booking their own shows. If that’s not impressive enough, they have shared stage with artist like Andrew WK and Mos Def. I was originally going to review their upcoming album Impossible Machines, but in the end, decided to review Graph the Pulse as well. These two albums were for constructed two different groups of listeners: Graph the Pulse is clearly more avant garde and experimental, where Impossible Machines is more of a traditional rock-out with a sometimes non traditional use of instruments and looping.
Graph the Pulse, released in 2010, was recorded completely in a basement in Brooklyn. The songs are hard, fast, raw and chaotic: you have to turn up your speakers to max to really enjoy this music to its fullest potential. Although the band calls the album is “minimalistic”, I find it to be quite rich, and if you are a experimental rock enthusiast you will not be disappointed.
On May 7th, PHANTASM is releasing a new album called Impossible Machines. Steven Rosplock eloquently describes this album:
“These songs are for everyone. Not just me. I want these songs to be mirrors you can see yourself in. Or panties, depending on how the night is going.
We’ve already done a concept album. Now we're doing a album to drive fast, have sex, and do drugs to. Sounds good right?”
And it sure does. PHANTASM has created an album that reaches out to a broader audience with a clean cut and refined sound. They manage to hold onto their edgy roots while rocking your socks off. The first song on Graph the Pulse is What makes you Tick. This track is addictive and has a sexy medley of heavy bass and electrifying guitar riffs. In Sho Nuff Aaron White screams “Am I the baddest mother f***er in town?”, well PHANTASM is definitely up there. PHANTASM are resilient, hard working, make great tunes, and have been rumored to put on some of the highest energy shows in the indie scene (which could have contributed to their having shared a stage with Andrew WK). I urge you to check out their album on May 7th, and see them live.
May 7 – The Bowery Electric – New York, NY
May 10 – H.M.A.C – Harrisburg, PA
May 11 – The Crooked I – Erie, PA
May 12 – Mojo’s – Jamestown, NY
May 26 – Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA
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