Scottish four-piece The Phantoms release new single ‘Shadows’ on April 21st. We spoke to the band about their musical style, new single and live performances.
I feel we have created a bigger, more stadium ready, sound over the years.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what led you all to forming The Phantoms?
We all shared a similar interest in making music. We all knew from school that we wanted to pursue a career in music.
Are there any particular bands or artists you’ve taken inspiration from to form your style?
Kasabian, Foals and Joy Division. These band have played a big part for us, they are so special and massive icons. How they write music and put it out live.
How has your style developed since you formed in 2012?
I think it has matured and grown. I feel we have created a bigger, more stadium ready, sound over the years.
You’re about to release your single ‘Shadows’. Where did you write it and what’s it about?
I wrote it in an old pub we use to go to. I think it’s about leaving somebody behind and kinda not looking back with regret. Maybe somebody you love that you find it hard to walk away from. We have all been there.
Why did you choose ‘Shadows’ as a single?
Before we recorded it, it changed a lot. It was never quite complete and never quite had it. So we decided to go in with an open mind with ‘Shadows’. I think it has been the right choice so far!
What are your hopes for ‘Shadows’?
I just want our fans to have something a bit different out there from us. I just want it to catch people off guard a little.
You’ve supported Catfish And The Bottlemen and We Were Promised Jetpacks. What did you learn from them?
I learnt a lot about live energy and being passionate as a band. Like they really believe in what they do. Plus they look liked they loved every minute of their set. How it should be…!
You have played Isle Of Wight Festival. What response did you get?
We got a crazy response. Hard to believe we got the crowd we did. Everyone back home was buzzing off the slot we managed to secure.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
We have a few shows to announce in the coming week. Hopefully, we’ll have more dates down south in the later part of the year.
How do you inject the energy into your live shows?
We just channel our energy into what we do. Let our set go and just showcase what our tunes mean to us.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Noel Gallagher, because he’s just awesome. I’d love to hear what we could put together. Cause he knows a bit about stadium anthems.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Take the time and get it right. Get some tunes recorded, then just get out there.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band in 2017, what would it be?
To keep enjoying what we do and write another few big tunes!
Listen to ‘Shadows’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to wearethephantoms.co.uk.