Y’all, it’s about to be the best summer ever! Those were electro-pop duo Phantogram’s words when they announced a summer tour with Miike Snow and Tycho. Thus far, we don’t disagree – summer seventeen has been splendid for many reasons, but it’s about to get a lot better, especially for North Carolinians. Phantogram returns to the Tar Heel State for back to back shows in Asheville (July 21) and Charlotte (July 22); one outside, one inside.
The duo celebrated the release of their third studio album, consequently titled Three, last fall to packed houses in both Charlotte and Raleigh. It was one of the most visually pleasing and premier sounding spectacles of the season, in both cities. It wasn’t surprising as Phantogram has always had a knack for supplying something special every time they walk on stage.
However, that wasn’t always the case. Phantogram has come a long way from their DIY approach to tours years ago.
“We used to play in places for like five people a night and tour in a Prius and sleep in Walmart parking lots,” Josh Carter told Scene. “We’ve come a long way as a band.”
It’s one thing to listen to Phantogram through headphones, it’s another to witness the band live. With their intricate lighting, Sarah Barthel and Carter’s virtuoso qualities, and the elaborate stage set up, the music comes to life.
“We have a live drummer, who plays live drums and drum sampler, and a multi-instrumentalist who plays samples and keyboards — whatever is necessary,” Carter told Scene this month. “It’s awesome. It was just the two of us before and that was fun, but this frees us up to move around more on stage and interact with the audience. It’s not as much of a juggling challenge as it was before.”
The duo will return to North Carolina for two shows in July, performing in both Charlotte and Asheville. Phantogram will stop by Highland Brewing Company in Asheville on July 21 and The Fillmore Charlotte on July 22. VIP packages and tickets are available for both shows here.
Phantogram is donating a dollar of each ticket purchase to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as a part of their continued effort to raise awareness for mental health issues.
View all the summer dates here.