Phantogram at The Pheonix Theatre, October 19, 2016

This was my first time seeing Phantogram live and they weren’t quite what I expected.  I had listened to their album Eyelid Movies a lot in the last couple of months so when I heard they were coming to Toronto, I was super excited to see them. To be frank, I wasn’t sure if the show would be all that good as sometimes electronic music can be lacking in live performance but it was pretty friggin’ great.

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Photo by Ryan Mueller

The set ranged in variety from Funeral Pyre to some of my favourites like Futuristic Casket and Mouthful of Diamonds.  The music sounded really great: it was on pitch, tight and entertaining.  The light show was a bonus (as a side note, it reminded me a lot of the light show put on by How to Destroy Angels).At one point of the night, the lead singer Sarah Barthel, dawned a cape and made it start smoking as if she was being set on fire. I would have really loved to hear Bloody Palms but you can’t win ’em all!

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Photo by Ryan

The night ended with an energetic rendition of You Don’t Get Me High Anymore which rocked and ended the night on a great note.  Afterwards,the band stuck around and signed vinyl for anyone who bought their album.  I love when artists do this so bonus points to them!

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