Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Phantom Family Halo launches another tour, this time with psych-minded Acid Mothers Guru Guru. PFHalo debut, The Legend of Black Six, out now.

Louisville, KY haze-rock troupe The Phantom Family Halo launches yet another tour this week -- hot on the heels of summer treks with Slint, Dead Meadow, et al. This time out, the band boasting members of The For Carnation, Slint and Dead Child hits the road with psych-minded brain-melters Acid Mothers Guru Guru (a variant of the Acid Mothers Temple.) The (ahem) trip, which started August 31st on the east coast, will ultimately take both bands from sea to shining sea... see complete dates below.

The Phantom Family Halo may be most immediately notable for its pedigree -- members of indie rock royalty The For Carnation, Slint, Dead Child, et al. But, it's the band's sound that becomes the most remarkable upon first listen: Think Syd Barrett and Scott Walker jamming with Hawkwind or the 13th Floor Elevators in the height of the Krautrock frenzy, or the Birthday Party subdued to play a rendition of “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.” Others have described the quintet as a unique crossbreed of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Tangerine Dream and Marc Bolan, or Scott Walker fronting Roxy Music.

The Phantom Family Halo is the product of millions and millions of hours in front of speakers, communicating off of the wave forms of 60s & 70s rock n roll music. Core members Michael McMahan (The For Carnation / Dead Child / Slint [reunion]) and Dominic Cipolla (Hookers / Sapat / Dead Child) have been jamming together for over 13 years and have no fear of angelic apparitions while walking past the skeletons of rock's multi-dimensional idiom. In fact, it's embraced and cherished.

The Phantom Family Halo’s debut long player The Legend of Black Six on Cold Sweat Records launches listeners on a journey into other worlds and dimensions of time. The album harkens back to the trailblazers of experimental rock music, while fitting nicely within the nest of neo-psyche brethren Dead Meadow, Entrance, Six Organs Of Admittance or Bright Black Morning Light. The Phantom Family Halo are the missing link to the past and future, rooted deeply in the present.

Slip inside their house -- it's recommended for good health and more hours in front of speakers.

The Phantom Family Halo live:
9/04 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
9/05 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
9/08 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
9/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
9/10 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
9/11 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
9/12 San Diego, CA Casbah

The Legend of Black Six tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE

01. Black River (MP3)
02. Slender Head
03. Lady Blue (MP3)
04. In The Back of My Head
05. Broken By The Way
06. Electric God In Your Galaxy
07. Stop The Biting
08. The Legend of Black Six (In 3 Parts)

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