Phantogram perform live in The Current studios

by Mary Lucia, Leah Garaas

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    Oct 18, 2013 Listen to all 4 tracks:
    Phantogram In-studio
    Phantogram - The Day You Died
    Phantogram - Never Going Home
    Phantogram - Black Out Days

There'a a reason why Phantogram have visited The Current studios four times. "You guys stand out from other radio stations," says the band's co-founder Josh Carter.

Phantogram — Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, who have been friends since middle school — make amazing headphone albums, but the duo's sound was difficult to recreate during live performances.

But with successful headphone records come freedom and upgrades. Barthel and Carter's label, Republic Records under Universal Music Group, told the band to write as they please and the live show setup would be assembled after the fact. In order to recreate the — as Carter describes — "headphone-y" records, they needed to incorporate more live instrumentation, and that's how drummer Chris Carhar and guitarist/synth player Nicholas Shelestak were added into the mix.

They've upgraded from a van to a bus, too. One of Mary Lucia'a favorite questions to ask bands is, "Who used the tour bus before you?" to which Carter responded with, "Aerosmith." Looch believed him for a second.

In preparation for the forthcoming full-length, Phantogram are selling their self-titled EP vinyl on tour exclusively. The full-length's release date has yet to be determined, but from the looks of this session, it's going to be another solid headphone album with a live show to match.

Listen to the whole in-studio session to hear Mary Lucia chat with Phantogram about writing and recording their forthcoming full-length release in a barn, how they came to collaborate with Big Boi of Outkast and to hear the kind words they had to say about The Current.

Songs Performed

"The Day You Died"
"Never Going Home"
"Black Out Days"

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Lindsay Kimball
Engineered by Mike DeMark

Guests

  • Phantogram

Resources

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12 Photos

  • Sarah Barthel of Phantogram sound checks in The Current studios.
    Sarah Barthel of Phantogram sound checks in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Phantogram's Sarah Barthel plays a grand piano in The Current studios.
    Phantogram's Sarah Barthel plays a grand piano in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • New addition to the live Phantogram show, guitarist Chris Karhar, in The Current studios.
    New addition to the live Phantogram show, guitarist Chris Karhar, in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel sings
    Sarah Barthel sings "The Day You Died" live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel and Nicholas Shelestak set up their gear in The Current studios.
    Sarah Barthel and Nicholas Shelestak set up their gear in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel sings
    Sarah Barthel sings "Black Out Days" live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel takes a break to play the piano before performing live in The Current studios.
    Sarah Barthel takes a break to play the piano before performing live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Singer Sarah Barthel plays around with tambourines after a live set in The Current studios.
    Singer Sarah Barthel plays around with tambourines after a live set in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel snaps Josh Carter's photo after performing
    Sarah Barthel snaps Josh Carter's photo after performing "Black Out Days" live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram have a look at the photo Sarah snapped in The Current studios.
    Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram have a look at the photo Sarah snapped in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Phantogram's Sarah Barthel in The Current studios.
    Phantogram's Sarah Barthel in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Phantogram sound checks live in The Current studios.
    Phantogram sound checks live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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