Indie Music Promotion, Best Underground Bands, Music Recommendations - Puritans & Phantoms

These New Puritans & The Phantom Band

Charities like Strummerville are helping many bands to get the recognition they deserve. However, much if an Artist's success is down to their followers. But then no knowledge of the existance of a great band then no fans! No fans and no money to help nurture talant. Redressing the balance in this by sponsoring and resourcing talent is hugely important; unfortunately, Strummerville can't do it all! It can take years of indie music promotion to get band's work out there. In this series of articles, I intend to help by sharing my knowledge of some fantastic indie bands that I have discovered. Such underground bands need more attention but if you don't know their existance, how will you appreciate their talent? Much of the arts have difficulties in getting work out there - it always seems to rely on the money machine of the might of big corporate music companies. The cogs of the music industry tends to water down talented output to profiteer. It is here that I will expose you to special music recommendations.

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Music Recommendations: These New Puritans

These New Puritans are an electronic, tribal concept indie band. I have a KLF feeling into transcentral when listening to their unique style of experimental sounds. These New Puritans seem to anchor their sound, not in something new as their name suggests, but something very old, something justified and ancient. Maybe to pull them from their underground band roots, would spoil and water down their eurphoric and mesmerising sound. There is a deep sense of ancient wisdom anchored in their beats and, if they were to be 'popularised', you just might see a direction toward the sound of Klaxons, for which I see some similarity. It is for this reason that I ask myself, should this indie music promotion be publicised? I guess I shouldn't keep These New Puritans to myself and allow the melancoly to slip into your ear holes.

Their debut album, Beat Pyramid, came out in 2008 and has a more of a 'rave' feel to it as opposed to their second album Hidden. This is more conceptual and classical in places. It is one of those albums that you can journey through from beginning to end. Another similiarity that comes to mind is Yello's 'Stella' album with a similiar darkness. However, Beat Pyramid does have its place in the dance scene but is far away from the second album - in my opinion anyway. The track that I have chosen from Beat Pyramid is Elvis. It is a bit "aww right John, gotta new mota!" but is catchy in a chanting sort of way.

Music Recommendations: Elvis from Beat Pyramid

More From These New Puritans

These New Puritans are from Southend on Sea, Essex, England and are presently playing with The XX on Tour.

They are:

  • Jack,
  • George,
  • Thomas and
  • Sophie

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These New Puritans: Attack Music

These New Puritans have been on the indie music scene since 2006. They haven't got the recognition they deserve when it comes to indie music promotion. However, they have enjoyed top 10 status in the UK indie music charts with their second release Hidden. Even so, they are still considered as one of those underground bands - they are consistantly very niche market to their fan base and have only achieved number 100 with this 2010 album release on the mainstream chart stage. If they want to achieve fame within the mainstream, they will need to compromise their art and water down their efforts. Remember boys, you are dealing with customers of the X Factor here - they just loooove processed pop! I have seen this time and again and when indie bands compromise their art for the masses, they lose fans like me. But, of course, the choice is theirs - a bit of a double edged sword really.

The track that I have selected, called Attack Music, is very Egyptian in style. Imagine the belly dancing amongst the clicking of swords. There is also a Cossack feel to it too but listen out for that amazing Oboe. This is from their album Hidden.

BBC Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank, featured These New Puritans on Saturday 4th April 2010 on his Leftfield Show (aptly named in honour of Glastonbury Festival's Leftfield stage). They were in session at the BBC studios in Maidavale, London. One of the tracks that were performed was 'We Want War', also from Hidden.

Music Recommendations: We Want War From Hidden

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The Guardian Talks to These New Puritans About Hidden as a Concept Album

The music recommendation here, i.e. Hidden (as it is, in my opinion the superior album out of the two), looks set to for Mercury Prize. It has already been acclaimed as the album of the year - in an artistic way, as opposed to Simon Cowell's mass corporate manner. In the next video, you will see an interview with Paul Morley of the Guardian and Jack Barnett discussing influences and the future. It is with this, I will leave you with great indie underground band that is about to be spotlighted.

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Music Recommendations: Folksong Oblivion From Checkmate Savage

Indie Band Promotion: The Phantom Band

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The Phantom Band are:

  • Duncan Marquiss (guitar),
  • Gerry Hart (bass),
  • Andy Wake (keyboards),
  • Rick Anthony (vocals),
  • Damien Tonner (drums) and
  • Greg Sinclair (née Yale, guitars)

Indie Music Promotion: The Phantom Band

Now for more music recommendations. The band that I am show casing here, I first saw play at The Green Man Festival in 2009. What is the Green Man Festival? Click Here. This is a highly innovative dark indie band from Glasgow called The Phantom Band. The Guitarist seemed nervous. These nerves got the better of him whilst performing. He turned his back in a fit of laughter only to return facing the audience for fleeting moments during the whole performance! I hope it wasn't personal - he did this after he glanced at me in the audience! It made me feel quite paranoid! Apparently, this happens a lot to him on stage; but then 'doing a Jim Morrison' (for this is what the famous lead singer of the Doors did when he started out) can't be a bad thing when you sound as good as The Phantom Band.

Their dark indie debut album, from deep in underground band land, received critical acclaim after its release in January 2009. Checkmate Savage is indeed dark with tracks like 'Burial Sounds', 'The Howling' and 'Bones', setting the tone. Perhaps typical of what you get 'is exactly on the tin' as regards to the sound, this album was supported by the Scottish Arts Council on the label 'Chemickal Underground Records'.

For this indie music promotion, I have picked one of their released singles 'The Howling'. Listen out for the deep electronica sound and the baratone voice of the lead singer. It sounds, somewhat, spooky, ghoulish and Phantom-like, don't you think? This album is really worth a purchase and more than a few listens if you want innovation. The Phantom Band are an underground band with more than just an electro sound, but bones and chains thrown in for good measure! How can you miss?

Music Recommendations: The Howling From Checkmate Savage

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Indie Music Promotion Celebrates These New Puritans and The Phantom Band

Well this concludes another indie music promotion. I hope you will go out and explore These New Puritans and The Phantom Band locally, CD or both. These underground bands will be brought forth and unleashed onto the festival scene and if you come across them, give them a listen. Great indie bands like these just need that extra push from people like you and me to get their work out there. This is what indie music promotion is about. I won't be paid for writing this. Payment is received from advertising revenue. It is a public service that I am providing. We don't want good music to die under the might of corporate music companies. We need money from the likes of Simon Cowell to be invested in creative indie talent where artists are allowed to create outside of the box. Long live the people's music recommendations for we have the collective power to burst free from inside the box and put real talent where it needs to be today.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Two thumbs up, Shaz. Listened to the music as I read, and now as I type. Really enjoying the We Want War video. It has such a diverse element to her! I think I found some new great music to listen to!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

shazwellyn...

Can't say I'm Indie Rock fan, but I checked the videos and found them...Interesting! Nice choice! I liked "Attack Hidden" and "We want war"

Thumbs up!

warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I enjoyed the music you recommended here, particularly the Howling by the Phantom Band. It is always exciting to discover a new band or a fresh sound, and while I don't listen to new music as much as I once did, I still enjoy discovering someone good I hadn't heard before. Thanks for sharing.

Mike


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Ann... Im glad you liked it. Watch out for this years Mercury prize winner! These New Puritans, in a similar vein to the KLF, have that air of mystery. They don't have contact details, neither do they allow comments on myspace. When I spoke to their Manager at their gig in the Thekla, Bristol, it seems that this is the way they want to market themselves.

They are dark and mysterious - this is the persona they want to promote.

Many bands today, like to be interactive and approachable. These New Puritans are not going down that path.

Thanks for reading and listening sweet Ann :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Mystique.. Im glad you liked the tracks. With indie, there tends to be a lot of cross genre influences nowadays. These New Puritans are a cross of tribal, house, white rap (lyrically) and cross cultural influences. I love them!

Thanks for reading :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Mike - Good to see you! The Phantom Band are very good, but I am not sure that they will make it in the music industry. I think they are a talented bunch of guys and I love their style. However, without exposure they could just blur into oblivion. I hope I am wrong.

BBC6 music and BBC introducing are the key to the success of underground bands - if they don't pick up on bands like The Phantom Band, then what hope have they? With the BBC's attempt to axe BBC6 music, the glass ceiling will become lower :( This is why it is important for UK music lovers to sign up and fight to keep BBC6 alive!

Thanks Mike :)


Siddharth 6 years ago

Nice collection on this hub


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Sidd :)


Dan 6 years ago

Hi. Nice to read someone singing praises of the phantom band. they are possibly my favourite live band just now, and on record they are in a league of their own.

I must point out, however, that having seen the band many times now, the guitarist you speak of (not actually the lead guitarist) has his back to the audience at every gig not because of nerves. Far from it. He likes to face his amp to achieve a more volatile guitar sound - often squeeling sounds and huge reverberant walls of sound - and he uses some sort of effects unit that is either attached to the bottom of the amp, or slots neatly in front of it, so he would obviously have to face that way to operate that.

Hope that clears up the 'nerves' issue and your apparent paranoia.

Thanks,

Phantom Fan Dan


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for this - funny though that the singer apologised for his nerves during the gig! lol.. However, I remember that Jim Morrison of the Doors used to have his back to the audience - a coping mechanism - and it didnt do them any harm! Maybe they could turn this into a gimmick? Use something theatrical that can enable him to do this as part of the act? Whatever the artistic licence, it is a golden rule in show business... don't turn your back to the audience!!!

I never said he was a lead guitarist - you might have misread this. :)

The phantom band are a very talented bunch of guys. I will always be happy to take time out to hear them play and to promote them - like I have done here - free of charge.

Thank you Phantom Fan Dan for your comment - it is much appreciated :)


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arnosspot 5 years ago from france

I'm new on Hub and saw your articles on band/music promotion. What always triggers me is the full and almost one-sided approach on selling music and becoming famous (reach for the stars). Most of the musicians I know earn most of their money by performing (and just a little bit on selling songs).

Being in a band in my early days I still see myself asking for gigs or exposure. We just did our tricks and it worked out well, but I was always asking myself what was missing. I guess it's the internetsite I've just started (end 2010) that gives a worldwide exposure and gigs on the way: a platform where virtual and real world benefit from each other. It's a fully new pattented concept. You might be interested as well, just take a look and tell me what you think: www.dir-act.com. And if you like it I hope you will spread the news.

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