PHANTOGRAM at the Fillmore – Charlotte 6/25/14
Photos and Words: Michael Plumides
With a mesmerizing laser light show, nu-techno synth pop visionaries PHANTOGRAM brought their Cocteau Twins meets Massive Attack brooding beats and haunting vocal stylings to the Fillmore Charlotte on a balmy Wednesday night with an energetic stage presence and clever musicianship. The Greenwich Village duo, sexy Sarah Barthel on vocals and keyboards (donning a Chrissie Hynde mop, and skin tight black and white paints) and Josh Carter on vocals and guitar were accompanied by tour drummer Chris Carhart and Nick Shelestak on keyboards for their Charlotte appearance. The band played their more popular songs, “Don’t Move”, “When I’m Small”, “Fall in Love”, and “Black Out Days” to the nearly sold out crowd of a 1,000 screaming fans.
Visually exploding on stage with visceral reds and blues, the pulse-pounding music combined with tantalizing allure of lead vocalist, Barthel, Phantogram is about to bust out of their underground status. After putting on rock shows for years, and covering hundreds of bands, I sense a new act for the Grammy’s – and Barthel is a talented, strong female performer with a fantastic look and sound. Not only is the band tight, but her pants are too… and she wears them well. Rock star presence is something missing today and this girl’s got it in spades.
Upcoming Tour Dates
6/26/14 Music Farm – Charleston, SC
6/27/14 The Beacham – Orlando, Fla
6/28/14 Grand Central – Miami, Fla (SOLD OUT)
6/29/14 Tampa – The Ritz – Ybor City
Go here for more tour dates and tickets. http://www.bandsintown.com/PHANTOGRAM