One of the most unique bands in Scotland, The Phantom Band are currently on the road spreading the robofolk of their 3rd album 'Strange Friend' around the land. And they are popping up North to Mad Hatters in Inverness on Wednesday 24th September.
'Strange Friend' is the bands long-awaited follow up to 2010s mesmerising, eccentric and thrilling 'The Wants'. Strange Friend is also their third release on the highly respected Glasgow based label Chemikal Underground Records.
There was a point we wondered if we would see them again amidst the solo projects that the various band members were all involved in, in particular Rick Redbeard's Scottish Album of The Year nominated No Selfish Heart.
It's a joy to have them back with such a solidly crafted album and a chance to catch them at what the do best: play live.
Strange Friend develops the bands unique krautrock, pulsating folk-power-prog-rock sound further all held together by Rick Anthony's baritone voice to create an urgent sounding collection of songs that magically forms one of the most complete long-players we have heard in quite some time.
Personally I'd be quite happy for them to come up and play this amazing album in it's entirety from start to finish.
Man Of Moon are a 2-piece from Edinburgh who met at College in late 2012. They take influence from the likes of She Keeps Bees, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley and Polica. Their enigmatic shows have picked up wide-spread critical acclaim and they are one of the young bands in Scotland to keep a close eye on.
The Little Mill Of Happiness will be stripped of their layered electric guitar sound and will be giving us a taster of their naked acoustic sound. I've only seen the band perform once in an acoustic formation but equally as enjoyable opening up even more depth and rawness to Steve Obern's lyrics.
So, where does one get a ticket to this soirée? Well you can trot over to Eden Court Box Office or tap in www.scottish.ticketsource.co.uk to the interweb and purchase a ticket there for a mere £9.00.
In other news – we have a new podcast and a mixtape on-line. The latest Mixtape features the title track from Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders new big widescreen sounding EP ‘Falling Through The Dark’. We picked up a copy each at the EP launch in Ironworks recently and loved it so much we had to share it with you. If you like to discover new music then you can download our mixtapes and podcasts at www.netsoundsunsigned.com
And finally we have 2 more super shows coming up. Firstly we are delighted to be brining Casual Sex back to Inverness on Thursday 9th October at Hootananny’s and also a very special hometown show at Eden Court with Call To Mind who will be joined by The Cairn String Quartet and Dr. Wook.