Stellar EP

by Phantom Party

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If you’ve ever wondered what The Smiths would sound like if they were a surf band, I may have found the answer for you. Phantom Party is one of my new favorites, and the lead singer sounds like Morrissey, backed by the Ventures. It’s a pretty great contrast, and I’ve had their Stellar EP on heavy rotation for the last couple of months. Together, Joshua Capati (lead vox/guitar), Nathaniel Levine (guitar), Matthew Slusser (bass) and Austin Cooper (drums) are Phantom Party, a band that has come up with quite an original twist on some familiar sounds. It’s an interesting mix that features dour lyrics concerned with religion, death, aging and the future, with music that is as upbeat and head-bopping as possible.

These are pop songs in no uncertain terms, just with darker concerns.

The EP opens with “Catholic School,” which is marked with stunning surf guitar, fantastic harmonies and Capati doing his absolute spot-on Morrissey voice. The title track, “Stellar,” is a dreamy, summery number with reverb guitars, a beautiful bass line and some fantastic cymbal-crashing drums. Capati’s vocals echo seamlessly across the entire song, and it will have your hips swaying by the end. With chiming fast-paced guitars and brilliant bass, “Sunflower Eyes” serves as a slightly less surf-laden showcase for the lyrics, and it may be a song that is more in line with Morrissey’s solo work when it mattered.

“Skin” is the only song where the music is nearly as dark as the lyrical content. It creates a Tarantino feel, which is pretty great, and it is also the longest song found here. Wrapping things up is “Twenty,” an ode to that age, to that time in life filled with uncertainty and contemplation of therapy. It’s a great way to end the EP. Not a single song touches the three-minute mark, and it’s pretty awesome how much thought can fit into such compact packages. Let’s hope Phantom Party have an entire album for next year.

Mitchell Hillman
JAVA Magazine
November 4, 2015

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released May 8, 2015

Joshua Capati - vocals/lead guitar
Gabriel Hernandez - rhythm guitar
Matthew Slusser - bass
Austin Cooper - drums

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Phantom Party Phoenix, Arizona

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

Formed in Gilbert, 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.
Wooh!

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.
Wooh!

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

Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh
Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh
Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhhhhh
Track Name: Stellar
I've been counting down my days.
I've been roaming through the seasons.
Will you fly me away
To somewhere more forgiving with you?
Somewhere more forgiving with you.

Will you collect my soul
And make me cross their minds?
Make them think I had a heart of gold
Just for the mean time, will you?
For the mean time will you?

Wooh!

Will you?
Just for the mean time, will you?
Just for the mean time, will you?
Just for the mean time, will you?
Just for the mean time, will you?
Track Name: Sunflower Eyes
Last Saturday night
I was buried alive.
All I saw were headlights
Then I closed my eyes.

[Woah]

He pulled out his gun.
He said "darling young one,
Will you shed me some blood
'Til I've had enough."

I've never felt so far away.
This town will never feel the same.

Here we go now.

I'm left here to die.
I now realize
That my sunflower eyes
Will be forgotten in time.

I've never felt so far away.
This town will never feel the same.
Track Name: Skin
I got older while you never aged.
You disappeared while we slowly fade.
I try to speak, but the words never come out.
Your silhouette is the shadow of my doubts.

You're alone,
Skin and bones,
Now a ghost.

The palest face God's ever seen.
Since you're buried below my feet.
I'm sorry I never bothered to say goodbye.
I guess I'll write to you and pray I turn back time.

You're alone,
Skin and bones,
Now a ghost.

You're alone,
Skin and bones,
Now a ghost.

I'll try my best to save you a seat
Even though your heart doesn't beat.
When it's the last time I'll close my eyes.
Is the day I'll meet you in the sky.

You're alone,
Skin and bones,
Now a ghost.

You're alone,
Skin and bones,
Now a ghost.
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.