By Nadia Noir
Sexy psych-pop duo, Phantogram, have everyone falling in love with their tasty trip-hop influenced single, “Fall In Love.” The song has been caressing the radio-waves of KROQ for months now and the New York-based band showed up to the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ as stylishly-curated, sonically and otherwise, as one might expect from the band.
With her black Cleopatra bob and leather half-gloves, Sarah Barthel was one of the most fashion-forward vocalists to grace the stage. Her partner-in-sonic-crime, Josh Carter, wasn’t far behind. The two stayed stoic with Kat Corbett asked them what it was like to suddenly have such positive feedback to their music, especially to songs like “Fall In Love.”
Carter answered diplomatically: “It’s really incredible to just have so much love from people just enjoying the music. We make music that we would want to hear; we just experiment. The fact that it’s catching on so well is so cool to us.”
The band has been on a massive tour which seems never-ending (they have 31 upcoming shows) and Barthel laughed, prophesying a dramatic longevity for the band in terms of touring: “I think probably for the next 38 years. Hopefully. If we can.”
They’ve already caught the names of big time musical stars like Big Boi from Outkast–and received attention by using veteran actor Bill Murray‘s name as a song title. When Big Boi heard their song “Mouthful of Diamonds,” he tweeted that he loved it, the band reached out, the exchanged contact info, and then history was made when they met him in Atlanta and Carter played beats for him. “Then he flew us down for two weeks and we just recorded with him,” said Barthel, likening the whole thing to Tindr, the “booty call” dating app.
As for Bill Murray, the band called one of their songs that because they wanted to use the imagery of their chorus as something that might spawn an amazing video.
“The song was actually going to be called ‘Burning Star’ because it’s the chorus’ lyrics, explained Barthel. “We kind of came up with this idea of Bill Murray being really sad and he’s burning in space and we kind of pictured this really cool imagery of this music video that we really want to make. We decided to just name it Bill Murray because it was a lit bit more interesting to us and we wanted some attention from it. “
Seems like Phantogram got all the well-deserved attention they desired. But it’s still pretty cool they named one of their songs after Bill Murray.