What with the referendum and THAT election, the spirit of rebellion is alive and well north of the border. Political engagement has been matched by a cultural resurgence, with bands like Paws and the Amazing Snakeheads spearheading a phalanx of new Scottish music.
With two promising singles under their belt, West Lothian’s The Phantoms are well placed to join the charge. Announcing themselves with riff-laden debut EP ‘This Is How it Should Be’ in 2013, the band made a giant leap forward with ‘Revolution’ the following year.
Sporting an expansive, sparser sound, Revolution’s bass-driven melodies recall New Order, before twin guitars collide for the controlled aggression of the chorus. New release ‘Wasting Time’ is better still, a brooding slow burner that shows the band gaining a stronger grasp of dynamics.
This is mature, powerful stuff from musicians fast developing a sound that could see them follow heroes Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys into the big leagues. Whether they can maintain this momentum remains to be seen, but with a new single due in March and an album sure to follow, these Phantoms show no sign of disappearing.