Since their origins in 2015, Phantom Phunk has established themselves as one of the leading creative forces in Tampa’s underground music scene. Founded out of their home studio, dubbed Harmonic Factory, the group began working on their first album, Arboles Ossific (2016). Their debut release showcased a group of explorative songwriters whose signature style was bound to no genre and embraced the unexpected. As advocates of environmentalism, the band wrote their sophomore album, Turtle Stand (2017), in an effort to bring awareness against animal cruelty. Since then, Phantom Phunk has transformed into a three-piece core, and now consists of Alexa Toro on vocals, Nick Emiliozzi on drums and Hector Fontanet on guitar. Tracks from their upcoming EP, Struggle With Me (2018), also include features from local hip-hop artist Cloud Master Price. The blend of alt-rock and hip-hop gives the group a progressive sound comparable to the Gorillaz and No Doubt.
Tuneloud! Magazine - October 27 2018
Herein lay the difference between Phantom Phunk and so many of their contemporaries. There is no pretentious posturing, no attempt to look cool for the sake of it, no effort to pander to any given set of aesthetic ideals.
They just do what they have to do, to make explosive ass-kicking songs, which one minute lean toward incendiary alternative rock, and then the next towards emotional arty punk, before forging some streetwise swagger.
Dancing About Architecture - October 23 2018
It isn’t often that new genres are born, or perhaps old genres destroyed but that seems to be what Phantom Phunk are all about, knocking down musical divides, hopping generic divides and finding new territory to dance in. They say that can only break the rules once you have learned the rules. This is a band who sound like they weren’t even aware that a rulebook existed in the first place. What a healthy concept.
by Dave Franklin
Floating Roots Blog - October 20 2018
the band blew my brains out of my ears. seriously, i don't know how well this video captures it, but they fucking shred. it was super cool rocking with them; literally some of the most endearing musicians i've ever met.
if you haven't checked their new EP, "Struggle With Me," i'd strongly recommend doing that soon. these cats are bending genres upside-down. and trust me when i tell you that you need to see them perform live.
by Bobby Barber