Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Phantogram

Tomorrow night, Phantogram play their first Canadian show in Montreal and then bring their beat-influenced electronic synth-pop to Toronto’s The Mod Club (on March 1st). Comprised of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the duo released their new album Voices on February 18th and are currently touring in support of the record. If you’re a fan of heavy beats and layers upon layers of ear candy, we highly advise you check Phantogram out! Ahead of the show, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Sarah Barthel to discuss the new album, Bosom Buddies, a fresh sound, and tennis…

AMBY: Hello Phantogram, thanks for speaking with AMBY today. What have you been up to lately?

Phantogram: Thanks for your interest :) We’ve been getting ready for our album release and tours that follow it.

AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?

Phantogram: Two words: Bosom buddies.

AMBY: Your new album Voices came out on February 18th! What is the significance behind the record’s title?

Phantogram: It’s a reference to a lyric in Black Out Days. “I’m hearing voices all the time and they’re not mine. I’m hearing voices and they’re haunting my mind”

AMBY: How would you describe the feel of the LP?

Phantogram: Beat-heavy darkadelic dream pop.

AMBY: When creating the album, what was your ultimate goal?

Phantogram: We wanted to make an album with a fresh new sound with emotional song writing.

AMBY: We know that your name was inspired by an optical illusion, but what other names had you considered for the band?

Phantogram: Hmm that’s hard to remember. I know Psychic Divers was one we liked… Phantom Hands, Ghost Hands.

AMBY: If you could invite any three people to record an album with, who would you pick?

Phantogram: Mark Linkous, David Bowie, Johnny Greenwood.

AMBY: Which other artists from New York should we keep our eyes on?

Phantogram: Lip Talk!!!!

AMBY: What has your excited for 2014?

Phantogram: Finally being able to release Voices!!!

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Phantogram that nobody knows yet?

Phantogram: We both suck at tennis.


Thank you Phantogram, for giving us your answers!

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