The Phantom Band

Checkmate Savage

Chemikal Underground

Released: 23rd January 2019

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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, aka Rick Redbeard. 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 at 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.