The Phantoms “’65-’75” EP

San Diego rock’n’rollers The PHANTOMS offer us 5 covers from the 60s and 70s. The first one, BOWIE‘s “Drive-In Saturday” is very good, well they didn’t change much of it to make it their own, but covering BOWIE has never been the easiest thing to do, and they managed to do it right! JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES‘ classic “Shakin’ All Over” fits the band very well, so does DR FEELGOOD‘s “She Does It Right.” The PHANTOM‘s version of RUFUS THOMAS‘ “Walking The Dog” is quite groovy, and LARRY WILLIAMS‘ “Slow Down” won’t fail to make you dance.
This 5 song EP reminds us that 1965-75 was a crazy time for rock’n’roll, and The PHANTOMS do it with style. /Laurent C.
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The Phantoms “S/T”

Fronted by Victor Penasola (from The ZEROS – the punk rock Zeros, not the purple glam ones-, and drummer for the reunited FLAMIN’ GROOVIES), The PHANTOMS say their music is for fans of rock’n’roll, glam, bubblegum, garage, and everything in between… And well, this isn’t a lie! “Baby Loves Rock’n’Roll” opens this 11 song album in a glammy punk rock’n’roll way somewhere in between The HANGMEN and DUFF MCKAGAN‘s solo stuff. Slide guitar and dirty blues traces can be found in “Coming After You”, and you’ll even find a country song (“One For The Road.”)
The 60s garage influences can mostly be heard in “Chump Change”, while you’ll get a good dose of power pop in “Tears Me Up Inside”, “Stab Me (In My Broken Heart)”, and “Atomic Fireball”, as well as some 70s punk in “Ditch Digger” and “The Ballad Of Overend Watts.”
The PHANTOMS offer us a promising debut album (on Rum Bar Records) mixing the best of rock’n’roll styles, this should be a good reason for you to check this album out!/Laurent C.
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