With onstage exploits such as recording and sampling their own music live, and using power tools for instruments, Phantasm has literally drilled themselves into the live rock scene in the US. They have over 800 shows under their belts and are not slowing down.
The Philadelphia-based trio’s explosive stage show has been gaining praise from critics and musicians. Living Colour’s bass player, Doug Wimbish caught Phantasm’s set at a dive bar in Connecticut and was blown away.
“You are one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time.” Wimbish told drummer, Jay Yachetta.
Less than one month later, Phantasm was on tour opening for Living Colour.
You may also have seen Phantasm’s name pop up on marquis underneath notable acts such as Andrew W.K., Mos Def, The Memorials (featuring Thomas Pridgen), As Tall As Lions, or Fred Macherino's new band Terrible Things.
The band brought their momentum from the road to the studio to record their fourth album Impossible Machines.
“We have released albums before, but not like this.” says drummer Jay Yachetta. “The album has only been out for a week and people are already singing some of the songs back when we play.”
The fan favorite so far is “Sho Nuff” (The bands homage to 1985’s Kung Fu flick The Last Dragon). A call and response song where singer, Steven Rosplock shouts “Am I the baddest?” the gang vocal shouts back “Sho Nuff!”
“While writing this record we really took a step back and tried to hear the song from the audience’s perspective. We wanted to make songs that people really love, not just impress them with our playing, or our lust for smashing things on stage.” explains Rosplock. “These songs are for everyone, not just me.”
Now it is time for Phantasm to dust off the power drill and hit the road to promote their new album. Impossible Machines is available now on iTunes and at live shows. Go to enterthephantasm.com for music and tour info.