As an avowed Anglophile from way back when, it doesn’t exactly require a hard sell to get me to take a listen to a band that’s described as having “a melodic left-field sound which nods knowingly at The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Stone Roses and The Smiths,” which is the way Simon Williams of Fierce Panda Records has described the Phantom Runners.
Now, mind you, I’m old, so I actually had to hit up Google to find out exactly what The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound like (and what they sound like is like a band that could’ve been on the cover of New Musical Express during the late ’80s or early ’90s, which is certainly not a bad thing in my book), but that was more for curiosity’s sake: I’d already been tempted into giving them a spin by the Stones Roses and Smiths citations.
It also hadn’t escaped my attention that their debut EP, Relevance, was produced by Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin’ Criminals fame, and when I checked out the band’s page on Stray Cat Records’ website, I found a quote from Morgan where he says of the Phantom Runners, “This is the one that you don’t pass on. The band has it all: the songs, the drive, and a unique combination of musical styles that I have not ever come across. I’m in. Are you?”
Well, it’s still early days yet, so I’m not committing to being completely in, but I will say that their song “On the Run,” which features on the aforementioned EP, is as bouncy and catchy as all get out, and the video looks fantastic.
But, hey, don’t just take my word for it: take a look and a listen for yourself.
Oh, and just as a closing FYI, if you like what you hear here, then you might want to head over to the Phantom Runners’ Soundcloud page, where you can hear even more.