Watch: Phantogram
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

We're excited to be hearing news about Phantogram, considering they've been relatively absent from our ears for a minute. Following up on the loud success of their 2010 Barsuk debut Eyelid Movies will be no easy feat—the disc was full of incredible tracks. But we can add one more to the pile, an unreleased song called "16 Years". The band stopped by the Moog Sound Lab to play the song, and we've got the video below, with some notes on how Phantogram get's that signature crunchy synth sound.



Here's what Moog had to say:

Vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel sings hauntingly through an MF-104Z Analog Delay while playing not one, but two Moog synthesizers. Her left hand is in charge of the Minimoog Voyager Select Series providing big fat bass lines; the Little Phatty Stage II is arpeggiating in latch mode throughout the entire song. It is also being MIDI synced with the drum machine that percussionist Tim Oakley is performing on. In addition to the drum machine, Tim uses the Minimoog Voyager XL for a percussive sound.

Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist Josh Carter covers both the full sustain and the mute modes of the Moog Guitar. Going through an MF-104Z Analog Delay and the MF-102 Ring Modulator, Josh creates an ethereal backdrop with the tremolo arm of the Moog Guitar.


Neat!

Phantogram's run on the festival circuit is wrapping up this weekend, but there's still time to catch Eyelid Movies in the live space. The band is beginning a fall tour, check the dates below.

9/5 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
9/8 Portland, OR Doug Fir (MFNW)
10/20 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theater *
10/21 Columbus, OH Outland on Liberty *
10/22 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig *
10/23 Chicago, IL Metro #, *
10/24 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon #
10/26 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue #
10/27 Omaha, NE Waiting Room #
10/28 Denver, CO Marquis Theater #
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge #
11/01 Sacremento, CA Harlow's #
11/02 San Francisco, CA Fillmore #
11/03 Santa Barbara, CA SOhO #
11/04 Los Angeles, CA Music Box #
11/05 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom #
11/06 Santa Fe, NM SOL #
11/08 Dallas, TX Loft #
11/09 Austin, TX Mohawk #
11/10 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's #
11/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon #
11/12 Birmingham, AL Work Play Theatre #
11/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade #
11/16 Washington, DC Black Cat
11/17 Philidelphia, PA Union Transfer
11/18 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
11/19 Boston, MA Royale
11/20 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground

* with Exitmusic
# with Reptar
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