Phantogram w/ Bad Things
June 25, 2014
Producing live shows with vocals that are audibly comparable to the album is one of the group's definitive strengths. Their rendition of the catchy hit "Fall in Love" sounded undeniably similar to the album version, giving a sense of legitimacy to Barthel's airy voice.
"Are you guys sweating out there?" Barthel called out after several beat-heavy, dance-inducing songs. It's always a bit alarming to hear Barthel speak in her naturally soft, raspy voice after she's powerfully and beautifully belted out a song. She and Carter share vocal duties, which adds a bit of flavor and variety to songs that might otherwise sound fairly similar.
At just a little over an hour, the set wasn't terribly long, but it contained many songs from Phantogram's newest album, Voices, as well as several older crowd pleasers like "Don't Move" and "When I'm Small."
Having first seen Phantogram at Bonnaroo in 2012, it was interesting to witness the group's progression. Many were singing along enthusiastically to songs both old and new, and while Phanty has yet to achieve stardom, they've undoubtedly gained a loyal fan base.
If you missed the show, don't worry. After continuously thanking the crowd for their energy and apologizing for excluding Charlotte from previous tours, Barthel promised everyone that Phantogram would make an appearance in the Queen City again in the future.
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