This was not the first appearance of the Phantom Band at Hootanannys. A couple of years ago, when the next big thing, according to Radio 1, Little Boots, was playing downstairs, the Phantom Band were playing upstairs. How the times have changed, at £8 a ticket, a bargain, the Phantom Band now filled Hoots downstairs. (Where is Little Boots now?)
Having now released two albums, there was plenty for the crowd to get excited about. A set predominantly made up from tracks from the second album,The Wants, the Phantoms did not disappoint. The range within this sextet is quite incredible, from Rick Anthony’s vocal range through almost seat of the pants percussion, to the quite exquisite use of the undervalued melodica, the Phantoms have it all, and that little bit more.
Each song was greeted with enthusiasm, and why not, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night. Quite simply, The Phantom Band push boundaries, and get well and truly away with it. Nights when the audience and the artist meet are always those to savour. This was one. I mean, why was Rick standing on the speakers during the encore? The Phantom Band have it all, and a little bit more, and a bass player who looks like Mark McGhee. What more can you ask for!
Thanks again Frankie Boy!