Hundred Skeletons

by Phantom Party

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about

After staying relatively quiet during 2016, Phantom Party’s first LP, Hundred Skeletons, serves as a spirited introduction to the indie trio for new fans as well as a gentle reminder for current followers. Phantom Party is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joshua Capati, bassist Matthew Slusser, and drummer Austin Cooper. They formed in March 2015, released their debut EP, Stellar, that May and embarked on tour after playing only three shows in their hometown of Tempe, Arizona. Hundred Skeletons is the band’s first full length album and their first proper release since 2015.

“Essentially, this was going to be my last thing. I was going to release it, do rock and roll, then die,” says vocalist and guitarist Joshua Capati outside of his home where the album was recorded. “I pretty much lost touch of who I was. I wouldn’t talk to my band for months. In a sense, me losing my mind is reflected in the lyrics. It made me ask ‘what would I say if this is the last thing I release?’”

The album was created during the course of two years and a lost sense of self. “I fluctuate like this all the time. Except this time, I hated eating, I smoked a pack a day, and I was ready to go,” Capati continues. These struggles are made clear throughout the lyrical content of the record, from the poppy “Runaway Bride” where Capati states “Everyday is lonely and every night is unproductive” or Capati belting “the American dream is my nightmare” in “Tunnel of Love”, the swooning first single from the album. Staying true to their “do-it-yourself” recording vision, the full length was recorded in the den of Capati’s Tempe house over the span of five days. The band also learned how to properly record themselves instead of relying too much on outside help. The album was mixed and mastered by Joshua Capati and Bryce Copple.

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released March 4, 2017

Phantom Party is
Joshua Capati: vocals/guitar
Matthew Slusser: bass
Austin Cooper: drums

Recorded by Phantom Party at Josh's house in Tempe, Arizona from January 2, 2017-January 7, 2017
Mixed and mastered by Joshua Capati and Bryce Copple
Sound engineering by Bryce Copple

Piano on track 1: Joshua Capati
Synth on tracks 2, 12, 13: Joshua Capati
Auxiliary percussion on track 8: Austin Cooper and Matthew Slusser
Acoustic guitar on track 10: Matthew Slusser
Ukulele on tracks 3 and 8: Joshua Capati

All lyrics written by Joshua Capati
All songs performed by Phantom Party

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Phantom Party Phoenix, Arizona

Indie enough to dance to/punk enough to mosh to.

Formed in Chandler, Arizona in March of 2015. Our first full length, 'Hundred Skeletons', is available now.

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Track Name: Catholic School
It's been forever since I last confessed
If there's a God, I know he's unimpressed
With every step I took to get my foot in the door
To feel comfortable in my skin and feel okay with the world

Praying never fills the void
I heard your name, but never heard your voice
I went to Catholic school, and then I lost my soul
I guess I'm going down to hell 'cause I won't do what I'm told

Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh
Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh
Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhhhhh

I hope that Mother Mary forgives me
For losing faith when I was seventeen
I got on my knees and I sang a hymn
I was born in purity and I was raised by sin

Lit my candles at the alter
Where every son and daughter
Reconciled with the man upstairs
I held the crucifix to heart and took everywhere
Track Name: Elvis
I long for the American Dream
Even though we can’t define it
I wanna cast my body into the sea
With hopes I’ll divide it

All my heroes are dead
I’m hell bent and I’m Heaven sent
I’ll end up like them
Godspeed Starman, here’s to the end

Well I’m down to my last cigarette
Why couldn’t God make me look like Elvis?
And I’m barely breathing through this sleep machine
And the blood I’m spilling
Makes a portrait of who I used to be

Lay me down and cut me open
And tell me what you see
A heart of glass that’s always broken
And lungs made of nicotine

My shadow’s my only friend
​I’m barely conscious, face down on the bed
Haunted by what God said
There’s not a prayer I can comprehend

Well I’m down to my last cigarette
Why couldn’t God make me look like Elvis?
And I’m barely breathing through this sleep machine
And the blood I’m spilling
Makes a portrait of who I used to be
Track Name: Gypsy
Home
She’s always far from home
She always feels alone
Invisible like a ghost
She roams around the coast

Her smile could save the world
She feels so insecure
Ever since she was a girl
She was promised so much more

Her hopes were not so small town
She sold her soul
For rock and roll now
Track Name: Derby Daze
Morning comes, I'll be on the road
While you'll be on a plane
I'll be roaming on the west coast
While you'll be on Broadway

I'm way too stoned to say your name
I'm fucked up, but everything's okay
I'm okay

And it's torture
When every conversation gets shorter
I'm dying as the weather gets warmer
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

You're waking up with someone else
In your studio apartment
I passed out in a shitty hotel
Where insecurity's permanent

When you took that one way trip to New York
You left my heart at your front porch
Your front porch

I guess I'll watch you on the big screen
I'll see you, but you won't see me
Track Name: Mermaid
I’m caught in your wave
Now I’m treading the sea
My hearts in a cage
Only you’ll set it free

You bring the rhythm I’ll bring the blues
I was lost until I found you

I’m stoned on your gaze
And my heads in the clouds
I’m stuck in a daze
Let the tides drag me down

You’re a goddess in a formal dress
Let down your hair and your Sunday best

LDS meets LSD
Euphoria is the only thing you bring me
Track Name: Runaway Bride
You turned into a ghost
With my name on your gravestone
I’ll haunt you every day
Until you’re not alone

I’ll tend to all your wounds
And I’ll brighten all your gloom
I wanna be the reason
You wake up before noon

I don’t wanna work today
I’d rather be outside digging my grave
And go about my days like it’s all okay

Everyday is lonely
And every night is unproductive
I’ll just lay in bed and dream about
Everything that could have happened

Cross my heart and hope to die
I’ve been waiting for you all my life
I’ll hold my breath and close my eyes
And curse the day that we said goodbye

Things will never be alright
Till the day we reunite
Here by my side

I was born to embody
The word “melancholy"
I got no direction
And I got no calling

I’m always feeling weak
Never standing on my two feet
I’m treading rocky waters
And I’m destined to sink

I’ll always end up hurting
No matter how long I’ll be searching
For the one to share the covers with at night

I’ll always be alone
With a broken heart
And brittle bones

I’d just kill to have a lifetime
Under your spotlight

Cross my heart and hope to die
I’ve been waiting for you all my life
I’ll hold my breath and close my eyes
And curse the day that we said goodbye

Things will never be alright
Till the day we reunite
Here by my side
Track Name: Post Grad
Everything is too much too soon
It's the catalyst of losing grip of my own youth
And every single day that passes me by
Only emphasizes doubts in the back of my mind
It's alright
I'm alright

Imperfection is a side effect of bad intent
And misery's my middle name
I'll be saying my goodbyes to my oldest friends
And I'm counting my last days

I don't know where to begin
If I want to feel comfortable in my own skin
When I look in the mirror all that I see
Is the epitome of fatal insecurity
It's alright
I'm alright

Imperfection is a side effect of bad intent
And misery's my middle name
I'll be saying my goodbyes to my oldest friends
And I'm counting my last days
Track Name: Tunnel of Love
​Crucify the Why Generation
Romanticize this grim sensation
Here's looking at you, kid
My time is running out, honey
My eyes grew wary of the sunny sky
I'm guided by moonlight

The American Dream
Is my nightmare
Could you just stop haunting?
The kids are scared

God's flood should plague everybody
Let the blood recede of the country's coasts
Sit on a throne of our bones
Dying young has never sounded so sweet
I've worn away for years from the loneliness
Take this knife to bed

The American Dream
Is my nightmare
Could you just stop haunting?
The kids are scared
Track Name: Charlie
I’m upside down and inside out for you
I’m torn in two
A container full of pills will make me disappear from view
What should I do?

Everything I want
Is Everything I’m not
Your dads drunk with a handgun
Please don’t shoot me

Overdose on Ritalin with me
Please quit smoking
I’m trippin' on your love, prescription drugs and misery
It’s anarchy

Everything I want
Is everything I’m not
Your dads drunk with a handgun
Please don’t shoot me

I’m upside down and inside out for you
Track Name: Hundred Skeletons
Give me your love
And I'll show you how to sin
Give me some blood
You hide a hundred skeletons

I'm bleeding out
Every touch leaves an open wound
Not safe not sound
I'm just so vulnerable and used.

I've never met a charming man like you
Who left me broken and confused
As for now all that I can do
Is stare up at the crescent moon
Because that's all I'm good for

All the scars left on my skin
Makes all hope wear paper thin
I would dream about how things could've been
If I were naïve like a virgin
But it's just too late for me
Track Name: Vice Kid
You passed away
Now you sail across the sun
And you bless the stars above
You spent your days
Carrying a gun
And living on the run

Your time has come

You flew away to a place
Where the angels gave you wings
So we say, hope and pray
You’ll be safe with what we preach

You’re buried in the ground
Someday we’ll figure out

We closed our eyes
Were in need of peace of mind
Or something along those lines
We said goodbye
And then we made the sign
Of the cross for you and I

So young and hostile

You flew away to a place
Where the angels gave you wings
So we say, hope and pray
You’ll be safe with what we preach

You’re buried in the ground
Someday we’ll figure out
Track Name: Twenty
I don't want to go to therapy
But they say I need it
I'm terrified of what the future will be
No, I don't want to see it

Well, my friend's getting married
While I'm used to feeling solitary
Tomorrow I'll wake up early
To a lifetime of being lonely

I'm sick of always feeling unattractive
Yeah, I feel so ugly
Got no money and I got no direction
Yeah, I'm good for nothing

I'll get closure when my heart stops beating
I'll live as if my life has meaning
I'll drop dead before my demons kill me
I wasn't planning on being twenty

I wasn't planning on being twenty
With a lifetime of insecurity