The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage [Deluxe Reissue]


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2019 Deluxe reissue on heavyweight double LP + Download code
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Vault back to the dawn of 2009. Signed the previous year to Glasgow independent label Chemikal Underground are The Phantom Band, a six- piece group that meld folk, Krautrock, the blues, art-rock and anything else that comes to hand, lacing their idiosyncratic, intricate tapestries with effortless pop melodies delivered by the mahoganized baritone of singer Rick Anthony.

The group’s debut album, ‘Checkmate Savage’, immediately attracts widespread acclaim from critics in the national music press and newspapers. Fans of the group’s heady brew swiftly snap up all vinyl copies of the album, the result being stratospheric prices for those searching for it on the second hand vinyl market.

A decade on, Chemikal Underground is proud to announce the imminent rebirth of an album that remains as spectacularly imaginative as it was the first time round, presented in a package that does 100% justice to the original songs, which were deftly produced by Paul Savage - whose credits include Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote, Deacon Blue and many more - at the label’s affiliated recording studio Chem 19 in Lanarkshire and Franz Ferdinand’s studio in Glasgow.

Deserving of a place in every record collection worth its salt, the stylistically wide open, moonstruck delights of ‘Checkmate Savage’ are, for the first time, spread over four sides of heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, with a digital download code. The record is available 10 years on from the release date of the original album.

This new edition - cut from the original masters - is an essential acquisition for those with an appetite for wildly creative, mischievous and aurally captivating music. A no-brainer, in other words.

The Howling
 Burial Sounds
Folk Song Oblivion
Left Hand Wave
Throwing Bones
The Whole Is On My Side

Artist The Phantom Band
Title Checkmate Savage
Label Chemikal Underground Records
Format Double LP + Download
Release Date 25th January 2019
Cat Number CHEM253

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