If you have been paying attention the the music scene the past year or use a Gillette razor, then you certainly are aware of the music of Phantogram
. Sara Barthel and Josh Carter have been touring non- stop in support of their current release, Voices
and their most recent stop at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, did not disappoint.
Their opening number, "Nothing But Trouble" kicked off an unforgettable show. Lights were going crazy, and Saras voice of subtle power consumed the audience from the moment they hit the stage. These fans expected a visual show and they got it. Their colorful light show reflected all over the stage and throughoout the audience.
Sunday night's set included a huge arraignment of songs from Voices
as well their predecessor Eyelid Movies. The songs blended like a Nutri-Blast smoothie. "Running from the Cops" followed "Nothing" and right into "BlackOut Days."
As the electricity filled the room with other Phantogram staples like "Bad Dreams," "As Far As I Can See," and "The Day You Died" - Sara bounced around demanding attention with her natural stage presence, making all the male audience members take notice. All the while Josh Carter was furiously and melodically taking care of business on guitar from all over the stage.
The Phantogram finally performed the most visually appealing aspect of the show, "Bill Murray." Sara dons a robe filled with small glass pieces which reflect a beautiful array of yellow lights throughout the stage and audience. She looks like a human disco ball and its fantastic. After "I Dont Blame You," the duo went into their number one hit, Fall In Love, which had the crowd going off the wall. The whole place was shaking.
I would like to thank Josh for making such a killer beat", she said. He made this beat on a crappy old white mac computer with some old crappy music program and it just shows you don't need all the expensive fancy stuff to make great music.
Phantogram is legit and worth every penny. Go see them.