Phantogram - Crescent Ballroom - 10/23/13 (Photos and Video)
The band performed all four songs from its new self-titled EP, which was released a couple of weeks ago. Fans have already taken a liking to it, as evidenced by the response to "Black Out Days," which was embraced with the same enthusiasm as some of Eyelid Movies selections.
In spite of the newness, Phantogram's set never seemed boring, thanks to its light show. The intro was particularly well done, as strobes made it look like the band was disappearing between beats. The venue's disco ball was occasionally struck with colored light, filling the entire room with an explosion of light.
"We're technically not supposed to play this," Barthel said, introducing a song called "Howl at the Moon" that will be on the band's forthcoming full-length album, which she said will be released later this year. The song sounds good and is a promising peak at the new album.
Phantogram's set was full of new material, which could have been a little discouraging, but the songs flowed very well. As a fan, I heard everything I wanted to hear, including a few surprises. "Turning Into Stone" is a beautiful, layered song that seems better suited for the turntable, but it was equally effective live.
As Phantogram's popularity continues to grow, I can't help but wonder if that was the band's last show at Crescent Ballroom. I would hope that a successful sophomore full length album would bring them back for another intimate and technically on point performance, but at the same time, I could only imagine what sort of production value the band would bring somewhere like Marquee Theatre, at the cost of intimacy.