Phantogram is touring in support of their third studio album, aptly named Three. The duo’s sound has matured and solidified over the years, and they are now quite an impressive live band. Named after an optical illusion in which 2-dimensional images appear to be 3D, Phantogram brings this illusion to the stage with them with intense light imagery splayed across the entire set reinforcing the intensity and depth of the music.
They hit the stage hard with their narcissistic song, “You’re Mine,” heavy on the beats and dark lyrics. Easily moving into “Same Old Blues” and newly added to the set-list “Run, Run, Blood” off Three. It was impressive how Phantogram stayed true to the newer songs, interweaving older songs in the middle including “Black Out Days,” Fall in Love,” and “When I’m Small,” and ending with Josh’s newer solo song “Barking Dog,” followed by “Cruel World” and then finally the big hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” they effortlessly created a set that moved from new-to-old to-new again.
Beats and vocals filled every corner of the packed house. The growth and sound of the band is phenomenal considering, as Sarah relayed, the first time they played Santa Barbara they played at the Mercury Lounge seven years ago. The band I saw tonight definitely knew what I was craving and knew how to satiate it. (Take it, take it, take it like you love it now.)
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