Progressive rock trio, Phantasm, has been well-recognized all over the country for their ability to steal the attention from any crowd with their high energy, experimental take on live performance. While incorporating power tools, live looping, unconventional percussion, and other auxiliary instruments into each set; Phantasm has created an intense, hard hitting and outside of the box approach for live entertainment. Phantasm balances a sophisticated, avant garde metal edge with a powerful, straight-forward rock foundation.
Phantasm originally hailed from the Buffalo, New York music scene. As lyrically stated on their first EP from 2005. “From now on we’re doing things our own way.” Their music is fueled by powerful messages of acceptance, open mindedness, adventure, taking chances, going with the flow and being unafraid to go against the grain. Musically, Phantasm is used to doing exactly what they want, they have stuck to this mantra for the past 12 years, and it has opened up a successful career for them.
With the help of a few catalytic fans, the boys of Phantasm built their own DIY promotional workhorse. Utilizing their talents, they've branched out of their hometown, gaining regional respect and some national attention along the way.
After relocating to Philadelphia, Phantasm released their third album, Graph The Pulse in 2010. The songs are heavy, raw and minimalistic. “We were listening to a lot of Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused, and Drive Like Jehu at the time.” explains drummer Jay Yachetta. “We wanted to make a big nasty record.” They definitely did.
Phantasm toured on their album Graph The Pulse within the U.S. many times over, and has shared the bill with several reputable artists such as Living Colour, Halestorm, Mos Def, Terrible Things, Closure In Moscow, The Sleeping, As Tall As Lions and many others. It wasn't long before the all-around presence of the band started to attract the attention of industry professionals as well as new audiences, and music venues.
After tracking with multi-platinum engineer Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Nelly, Destiny's Child, Will Smith), Phantasm enlisted the skills of Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) and Andre Betts (Madonna) to help produce and release their last album Impossible Machines in 2014.
Jay Yachetta reflects on Impossible Machines:
“We have released albums before, but not like this.” says drummer Jay Yachetta. “The album had only been out for a week and people were already singing the songs back to us as we played.”
Phantasm continues to gain praise and popularity from critics and musicians alike. They collectively raise the bar with their avant-garde instrumentation and a high energy live show. With onstage exploits, such as recording and sampling their own music live and using power tools for instruments, the band’s explosive performance takes innovation to a new level. Phantasm has literally drilled themselves into the live rock scene in the US, and with over 1000 shows under their belt, they’re not slowing down.