What’s new?

Hello Everyone!  The Phantom Six are playing a couple shows with  our friends The Motel Beds. October 25th at Gene’s in Morgantown WV and Dec 5 at The Empty Glass In Charleston WV.  Come down and say hi.

Our Cd “Plastic Rain” is now being distributed through Get Hip, a label/distribution company owned by one my favorite all time bands The Cynics. It is a one-stop for the best garage music out there and a great source for cool vinyl releases. To purchase our cd through Get Hip go here:

http://www.gethip.com/store/index.php?cPath=3&sort=2a&filter_id=8443

Videos from  our “Plastic Rain” CD:

We got a great review on the “Cool Album Of The Day” blog at cool album review.com

The Phantom Six ‘Plastic Rain’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#855 in the Series) is The Phantom Six, Plastic Rain 

Sitting on the outskirts of Morgantown, WV near the lunacy that is West Virginia University ( voted the “Number One” party school in the nation on and off for years by many different publications ) comes one of the best, well hidden garage bands out there today; The Phantom Six and their phenomenal debut, Plastic Rain.

Under the direction of lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/producer, Mark Poole (at his own Zone 8 Recording Studio, an often swelteringly hot, two room laboratory where Poole is both Jekyll and Hyde), this album is full of cool, crisp leads and rich, enigmatic lyrics. Add to it the floating harmonies and you get this fully produced gem with no empty space for the ear. It is brilliantly busy yet still tight.

The opening track, “Corianna,” starts us off with a sonic boom of guitars and big back beats from Clint Sutton’s pumped up drums telling us the story of a mysterious obsession with a girl from the past. Quickly followed by “Inspiration,” another great lyric about a strange muse of a girl, and we have the perfect recipe to start our pop/rock cocktail.

The title track with its power chords and big hand claps is fun and “Scenes Like This” with its Kinks-like, doot-doot-doot backing vocals and the Keith Moon-like fills of Sutton (who is a real highlight throughout the album) show us that Poole is a great songsmith and a really versatile vocalist. He even shows off a fun falsetto voice over some great head-banging instrumentations and Brian May type guitar fills on “Losing Control.”

There are the sweet, threaded harmonies of the ballad, “Shades of Sunday,” and some country twang straight out of the Alex Chilton school of Memphis Pop on “Big Airplane” and Poole and guitarists William Sheeder trade off perfectly crafted leads over the entire cd. The showpiece for the entire band is the track, “Help Back”, with its flowing riff and some virtuoso, spiraling bass work by Billy Matheny in addition to many grooving, stop/start breaks, rave-ups and tags. The album ends with a number, “Envelope” that is right out of The Zombies‘ “Odyssey and Oracle”.

There are snippets of The Romantics, Tom Petty and Big Star as well as the aforementioned 60’s British Invasion bands yet the band still has an original sound that is all its own with Poole’s familiar West Virginia drawl that we all know and love in my neck of the woods. This may be their first cd but these guys have been playing music with each other for a long time in other variations of this band and it shows in every fun filled, danceable track.

West Virginia may be primarily known for its coal, but the Phantom Six would be the states musical diamond mine.

– Bubby Lewis, Frostburg, Maryland USA

Billy Matheny, Billy Sheeder & Mark Poole

Billy Matheny, Billy Sheeder & Mark Poole at the Adelphia, photo by Bentuibi Timely

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cds and other news

WV Rockscene has named The Phantom Six’s Plastic Rain #2 in the top 10 cds of 2011! “As great as the richly arranged songs are, and they’re all pretty much standout tracks, the production captures an energy and a raw feel that helps make Plastic Rain arguably the best record of the year from a West Virginia rock band.”

Plastic Rain, can be purchased from Amazon or download from I tunes.

Also check out Phantom Six drummer Clint’s solo CD, “Clint Sutton“. He plays everything on it. It’s power-pop masterpiece in the vein of a Matthew Sweet or The Posies/Big Star kind of sound. And of course the drumming is awesome. Clint Sutton CD

Bassist Billy Matheny, in addition to rounding out the rhythm section in the Phantom Six, also plays keyboards in Ohio’s alt-folk favorite’s Southeast Engine. Billy also has a rocking CD out with his band The Frustrations, “Born of Frustration” – look for it!

What’s next?

We’ve started recording yet another CD that will include a mix of new songs and newly recorded versions of some of our favorite tracks from the Moon years, possibly even a 63 Eyes track thrown in for good measure. So far it’s going great. We’ve laid down about 20 songs but will probably pare it down to the best 12 or so before we release it. Stay tuned.

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