Phantom Radio is a new outfit on Teesside who is set to release new material and start gigging very soon. The band consists of Mike (guitar and vocals), formerly of Cult Figure, Lee (bass and backing vocals) and Tom (synth and production). Charlie Richardson had a chat with the band to find out about the new project.
So, when did you all get together?
We (Mike and Lee) got together and decided we wanted to start a band. We knew we needed a synth player so we said: “Come on over for a little jam, Tom… NOW! Drop the net!” and we just like trapped him in the band.
You have some material due for release…where do you record?
We have a home studio where we recorded the songs as we like to do it all ourselves. Because we don’t have a drummer, we just use drum machines and samples; and as drums are the hardest bit to record, it makes sense for us to do it like that. We don’t really like the sound of real drums and go for a very processed sound.
Would you compare your recorded sound to any other bands?
Every song is a bit different. Basically, you’ll hear influences from 80’s post-punk, modern alternative stuff like War On Drugs, and all those arty bands you listen to in college like The Cure and Radiohead.
How many songs have you completed so far?
We have six in total and more on the way – and each song almost sounds like it could be a different band.
When will the tracks be available?
Originally, we wanted to do an album but we are going to put together an album’s worth of material and release the tracks individually as singles. If you release a whole album, we think no-one is really going to listen to it. Although all our favourite bands are like ‘album bands’ it’s easier to do that when you’re established. We are cooking up some ideas for videos and expect the first single to be out on Friday 11th January. It’s a track called ‘Matthew 7:12’- that’s the bible verse about treating other people like you want to be treated yourself – and it’s a song about our experiences with gigging and how some bands can take the p**s. It’s a great song, quite poppy and accessible, post-punky and bright.
And what about your upcoming live performances?
We are playing The Music Lounge in Stockton with The Golden Age of Nothing and Clamour on Saturday 12th January. Then on Thursday 17th January, we play at TSOne with promoters Whirling Dervish and we are currently trying to book some more dates in January to create a full attack that month!
To find out more about Phantom Radio, please head to Facebook.com/PhantomRadio.