Pitching their music somewhere between arena rock and the classic sound of 1960's soul singers. PHNTMS is a Philadelphia-based band that aims to do things a little different than the norm. The band has opened up for big acts such as The 1975, Kings of Leon, Bastille, and Fitz & The Tantrums.
Storming through the speakers with nothing so much as an introduction or a moment of quiet, “Hotel” is a brilliantly upbeat and deeply thoughtful rock song one that subtly leans towards punk-rock with its fast-paced power-chords and the often grunge-soaked nature of the leading melody. Though PHNTMS music always strikes a chord, this latest single seems to bring through a whole new level of personality and identity. The lead singer in particular appears immediately connected to the subject matter at hand; you can hear this in both the lyrics and the emotional, soulful manner in which they’re presented. “Hotel” is a powerful song, one that works beautifully at volume. Topping it all off perfectly is the grit and urgency of that leading vocals, drenching you in reflections on life, effectively prompting you to consider every line and every idea in relation to your existence and the world around you.
I highly recommend you check out “Hotel” here and read more with PHNTM below in our exclusive interview!
What can you tell us about your single “Hotel”?
The song Hotel is about the coming and going of a relationship. How an intimate get away quickly turned into an unforgivable betrayal. Set in a hotel, the lyrics of the song depict a relationship falling apart and coming to an end after a secret affair is exposed.
What does this project represent for you?
This project is very special to us. There is an erie, unspoken drive when we all get in a room together, whether writing or performing. This project helps us all peel back the layers of our lives. Writing and performing these songs have been a major outlet for us.
Where is the best setting to listen to your songs, and what do you hope people take away from them?
Setting is a reoccurring theme in our music, hence the aluminating arrows. Our songs are about reflecting on past friendships and relationships. A long drive, alone, would be the best setting. Our music is unapologetic and vulnerable hoping to reflect onto the listener.
How does the songwriting and recording process compare to live performance for you?
Both processes come pretty easily for us. One of our guitar players will have an idea and then it’ll just go from there. It's hard to describe performing. We love performing! We are loud and energetic. Thats where our singer, Alyssa, really lays it all out for the audience.
What are your main aspirations as a band going forward?
Release some material we’ve been working on. Write! Write! Write! Get out and play shows, share our music with others. Stay humble throughout our journey as a band. We are very excited for people to hear what we’re working on.
What other projects are you working on through the end of 2019?
We are currently working on releasing a single but I want to leave the details as a surprise. We are working very hard and plan to make 2020 even better!
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