Latvian band BANDMASTER will open for PHANTOGRAM show in Riga


Already on April 6 American electronic rock and triphop duet Phantogram will perform in Riga with their only show in Baltics! The show will take place in “Palladium” concert hall within their latest album’s “Three” promo tour. Latvian band “Bandmaster” have been chosen as the opening act for the show.

“Bandmaster” is an electronic music band consisting of one of the most sought-after Latvian producers / DJs – Rudd, locally notorious battle rapper Viņa (She) and producer Andis Ansons. But she sings. Overdriven analog synths are in play as well.

Since 2014 “Bandmaster” have released several singles, two of them in collaboration with Dirty Deal Audio. “Us” was played on the authoritative Los Angeles radio station KRCW as well as on Estonian “Raadio 2”. The song “Get Live” was recorded together with the legendary hip-hop band’s “Jurassic 5” member Akil the MC. Video for the single, directed by Adriāna Roze, won the “Best Music And Dance Video” in “Bestias Danzantes Festival de Cine de Danza” in Chile and was nominated in other international festivals as well as for the local – Latvian “Zelta Mikrofons” (“The Golden Microphone”) award. “Bandmaster” have represented Latvia in two major international music fairs – Eurosonic Noorderslaag 2017 and Budapest Showcase Hub 2016.

“Phantogram” was found in 2007, by two childhood friends Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. They describe their music style as electronic rock, dream pop and triphop combination, characterized with words: “a lot of different rhythms, guitar sound whirls, terrestrial synthesizers, echoes and airy vocals”. For their authorities both musicians consider a line of artists from The Beatles to David Bowie, but critics mark special Portishead and Sneaker Pimps impact.

Despite the fact that most of the vocal parts are performed by Sarah, the lyrics are mostly composed by Josh. He admits that the mood in lyrics is pretty dark, even gloomy, but with “a drops of hope”. Especially, it refers to the last album, during which making process Sarah’s sister committed suicide. “[Mood was set by] anger and sorrow, and other things. Our lyrics has always been influenced by dark and personal depths, and that was as liberating, as motivating to show the pain”, both artists comment.

Their songs are melodious reminder for the fact that every fight generates growth and that with a small hope one can travel far ways.

Three studio albums have been released till now, from which the biggest hits are: When I’m Small, Mouthful Of Diamonds, Black Days Out, Fall In Love, As Far As I Can See, Don’t Move and, of course, You Don’t Get Me High Anymore from the latest album “Three”.

Sarah and Josh have also worked with Big Boi from OutKast (took part in 2 of their albums), Skrillex, Flaming Lips and even with Miley Cyrus (Sarah participates in her song Slab Of Butter (Scorpion)).

Until now, the band had performed in Latvia once, in Positivus Festival in 2014.

Tickets available online as well as in all “Biļešu Serviss” box offices.

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