Phantogram in 2010
|Also known as||Charlie Everywhere|
|Origin||Greenwich, New York, United States|
|Genres||Electronica, indie pop, trip hop, electronic rock, dream pop, shoegaze|
|Associated acts||Big Boi|
Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). The band name was inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.
They described their sound as "street beat, psych pop". According to Josh Carter, their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals". Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists including: The Beatles, David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, J Dilla, The Flaming Lips, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Madlib, Sonic Youth, Yes, Kevin Shields and Prince.
They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band has released two studio albums (Eyelid Movies in 2009, Voices in 2014), four EPs (Phantogram and Running From the Cops in 2009, Nightlife in 2011, Phantogram in 2013) and eight singles.
Carter and Barthel have been friends since junior high school. In the summer of 2007, Barthel returned home dissatisfied with pursuing a visual arts degree at Champlain college and Carter returned home after a brief stint in New York City with Grand Habit, an experimental band formed with his older brother, John. The two friends reunited and worked on finishing some songwriting ideas Carter made earlier and then finally formed the band.
Barthel and Carter were friends growing up, but didn't play music together until after college, when Carter played Barthel some of his beats and asked her to sing on them. They played some live shows, but decided to focus the bulk of their energies on making a record. Out of the blue, Erich Cannon from Portland's Spectre Entertainment contacted them after he heard songs on their MySpace page. Cannon gave them the impetus to finish the album, and just before Phantogram decided to self-release it, a few record labels contacted them, including Barsuk, who released Eyelid Movies in February. "We were going to write the record, finish it, and release it as a demo for upstate," explains Barthel. "Then our plan was to move down to New York [City] to do the whole networking and meeting people kind of stuff. And we kind of skipped that whole thing, just because of the internet."
The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. Upon signing with BBE on 26 January 2009, they changed their name to Phantogram.
Their self-titled debut EP was released on 12 May 2009, followed in the same year by another EP, Running From the Cops. They signed with Barsuk Records in October 2009. Phantogram released their debut album Eyelid Movies in September 2009 on BBE (Europe) and February 2010 on Barsuk Records (USA). The album received generally favorable reviews.
From this album, they issued the singles "Mouthful of Diamonds", "When I'm Small" and "As Far As I Can See". "When I'm Small" was featured in the opening episode of MTV's adaption of Skins. It was also used in the trailer of the 2013 film Syrup, Canon's advertisement for the 650D camera, and a Gillette commercial for the Fusion ProGlide razor featuring Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. More recently it has appeared in the TV Series Suits Season 4, Episode 14 ("Derailed"). "Mouthful of Diamonds" also appeared in the same American adaptation of Skins in the episode "Stanley". "Mouthful of Diamonds" was also featured in the films Attack of La Nina, a 2011 ski film by Matchstick Productions, and Breaking the Girls which was released in 2013.
The EP Nightlife, was released on 1 November 2011 and included the single "Don't Move". "Don't Move" was featured in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, and the CW's adaptation of The Secret Circle. "A Dark Tunnel" Appears in an upcoming indie sci-fi film Point B.
The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs ("Objectum Sexuality", "CPU" and "Lines") from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song "Objectum Sexuality". Phantogram are also featured on the song "You Lust" by the Flaming Lips from their 2013 album The Terror.
On 30 September 2013, they released the four songs EP Phantogram. It was followed by their second studio album, Voices, that was released on February 18, 2014. A fifth single, "Nothing But Trouble", was released on 14 January.
Phantogram collaborated with Big Boi again in 2015 resulting in the seven song EP Big Grams, which was released on September 25, 2015. The EP features production work from Big Boi, Phantogram, 9th Wonder and Skrillex.
Phantogram will tour through the west coast with Muse in December 2015.
Phantogram have played and toured with The Antlers, Beach House, Metric, Minus The Bear, Caribou, Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Yeasayer, Brazilian Girls, Future Islands, and The Glitch Mob. They opened for M83 at the Hollywood Bowl on September 22, 2013. In 2015 Phantogram opened for Alt-J at Madison Square Gardens in New York City and will tour the west coast with Muse in December 2015.
Phantogram has played several major North American festivals including Austin City Limits, Osheaga, Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Treasure Island, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, LouFest, Bumbershoot, Summerfest, and Firefly.
In 2010, they enlisted drummer Tim Oakley, formerly of The Mathematicians, for their tour. In 2013, the band added guitarist/synth Nicholas Shelestak to the touring crew, while Chris Carhart took over on drums.
- "Turn It Off" was featured in the first episode of MTV's adaptation of Teen Wolf.
- "Black Out Days" was featured in the "Frame by Frame" episode of CBS series CSI: Las Vegas on October 23, 2013.
- "Heart of Gold" was covered by Sarah Barthel as Demarest for the feature film Out of the Furnace in 2013.
- "Lights" was featured in the Catching Fire soundtrack, which was released on November 19, 2013.
- "K.Y.S.A" was featured in Grand Theft Auto V and in the "Running, Man!" promo for Grand Theft Auto PC editor feature on April 13, 2015
- "When I'm Small" was featured during the end credits of the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of the USA Network's "Suits (TV Series)" entitled "Derailed".
- Eyelid Movies (2009; US Heatseekers #7; US Independent Albums #38)
- Voices (2014; Billboard 200 (USA) #11; US Alternative Albums #3)
- Charlie Everywhere EP 1 (2007)
- Charlie Everywhere EP 2 (2008)
- Phantogram (2009)
- Running From the Cops (2009)
- Nightlife (2011; US #122; US Heatseekers Albums #1; US Alternative Albums #16; US Independent Albums #21)
- Phantogram (2013, Universal Republic Records)
- Spotify Sessions (2014, Republic Records)
- Big Grams (with Big Boi; as Big Grams) (2015; Billboard 200 #38)
|"Mouthful of Diamonds"||2009||—||—||Eyelid Movies|
|"When I'm Small"||—||—|
|"As Far As I Can See"||2011||—||—|
|"Black Out Days"||2013||—||—||Phantogram|
|"Fall In Love"||114[A]||3||Voices|
|"Nothing But Trouble"||2014||—||—|
|"Black Out Days" (Re-release)||—||32|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"Mouthful Of Diamonds"||2010||Drew Norton|
|"As Far As I Can See"||2011||Ewan MacLeod|
|"When I'm Small"||Isaac Ravishankara|
|"Don't Move"||2012||John Carter & Will Joines|
|"Black Out Days"||2013||Evan Spencer Brace|
|"Fall In Love"||2014||Timothy Saccenti|
|"Lights"||2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack|
|"K.Y.S.A."||2015||Welcome to Los Santos|
|"Slab of Butter (Scorpion)"||Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz|
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