If there's a song on The Phantom Band's brilliant third record, Strange Friend (released earlier this year on Chemikal Underground) to most explicitly typify the Glaswegians' return to the base rock elements that underpin their artfully skewed sound, then it's the driving rhythms and subtle-anthemia of new single, 'Clapshot'.
Named after a dish from the Orkney Islands in Scotland of mashed neeps and tatties - the accompanying video for the single was made by artists Graeme Roger & Kevin Reid for The Royal Scottish Academy / Morton Award for Lens Based work. Roger & Reid look at eccentrics and oddballs for inspiration, so no surprise they got such wonderful results with a Phantom Band song, and they make theatrical, impromptu films and performances. Historical sites feature in their films and this video was shot on location at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The band tour the UK this Autumn:
24th Sept: Hoots, Inverness
26th Sept: The Sage, Gateshead
28th Sept: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
29th Sept: The Exchange, Bristol
30th Sept: The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
1st Oct: Oslo, London
2nd Oct: The Haunt, Brighton
3rd Oct Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
4th Oct: The Harley, Sheffield
5th Oct: Junction 2, Cambridge
7th Oct: The Kazimer, Liverpool