Can a band be neo-progressive rock and old school classic rock at the same time? It can if it’s Phantom Phunk. Their music will remind you of why you fell in love with vinyl in the first place, and yet, their sound is modern and fresh.
Phantom Phunk, is a progressive alternative four-piece band. Since their formation in 2015, Phantom Phunk has emerged as one of the most creative artists in Florida’s underground indie scene. The core group consists of Hector Alexander and Juan Gonzalez on guitars, Tom Kelly on bass and Nick Emiolozzi on drums. Their inclusion of guest artists however, extends their live experience to a greater depth of sound and energy that is matched only by the quality of their recordings. Straddling the mold of predecessors like Linkin Park and the Gorillaz, Phantom Phunk has grown into a concept band whose studio literacy and use of featured artists has spurred an eclectic volume of original music, ranging from Euro-Pop, to Hip-Hop, and all forms of psychedelic rock and roll in between.
Their first album, “Arboles Ossific” was released November 19, 2016 and is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. According to Jason Hillenberg from Skope Magazine, “There’s a rawboned immediacy surrounding this recording . . . it creates a feel like the band is literally playing mere feet away and that crackling live attack, combined with the sheer quality of the band’s collective and individual performances, makes “Arboles Ossific” one of 2016’s best, admittedly late, releases.”
Their second album “Turtle Stand” was released November 10 2017. Left Bank Magazine said about “Turtle Stand”: “The album “Turtle Stand” is kind of that cathartic journey that everyone needs every now and then, and that’s totally what it is: a journey. It’s a dynamic tour de force–giving you an upper with tracks like “Back Seat Sax” or “Turtle Stand” and then bringing you back down with “Steep Your Body” and “People Watcher.” You know those rock operas that make you feel your whole range of emotions? That’s what “Turtle Stand” does, and the fact that a band can show so much range on a sophomore album is impressive”.
Phantom Phunk are more than musicians and song writers. They are artists as well, with a passion for creating worlds with photography and drawing. This can be seen in the booklet that comes along with the album, Turtle Stand. These pictures are a comment on the environment and a comment on humanity. Clearly, Phantom Phunk knows we can do better. Each of us simply has to find our own way of contributing to the betterment of the world. Ideally vegetarians and aspiring vegans, Phantom Phunk are already doing their part.
Their artwork has become a standout feature of their Facebook page and soon will be released as part of an on-line comic series which will be launched some time in 2018. The series will be based on the band mates chemistry and will follow them along sort of like a diary. Phunk Phans – stay tuned, because they plan to have Phan participation and will even be accepting Phan art as well.