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Oct 18, 2013 Listen to all 4 tracks:
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.
"The Day You Died"
"Never Going Home"
"Black Out Days"
Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Lindsay Kimball
Engineered by Mike DeMark
- The best of the in-studios: Bon Iver, Low and Phantogram To celebrate Public Radio Music Month, we're having a daily vote for the best in-studio tracks from The Current's performance archive. We've gone through and picked some of the most beloved performances by the staff and by our audience. We'll play the winner during the Live Current track of the day the following day.
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