By CA Marshall
Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles
(previously posted on Indie Habit)
If I had knowledge of the self-titled album release for Chicago-based band Phosphene on March 19th of 2015, I would have definitely requested it as a birthday gift the next day. There are often many profiles of bands and Artists that cross my desk any given day and it’s not until I get a chance to sit and really listen to the music that I am inspired to write a review. This is the case with the female fronted band comprised of Jeni Leigh (Lead Vocals), Michael Slazar (bass guitar), Dan Bikar (guitar), and Andrew Cantore (drums).
The band debut in 2014 and since, has acquired the attention of several notable media platforms and press appearances such as Alternative Press and Revolver magazines to name a few. In fact, Lead vocalist Jeni was chosen as Revolver’s ‘Hottest Chick in Hard Rock’ shortly following the band’s album release. In addition, their album has been spun on notable radio stations throughout the USA and they have been invited to Vans Warped Tour in 2014 and 2015. Other notable appearances are on FOX News, ABC 7 NEWS Chicago, The Mancow Show, and ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ show hosted by Mike Tyson (Jeni sang the anthem). They have also toured with The Pretty Reckless, Lacuna Coil and Sick Puppies, Judas Priest, Breaking Benjamin, Foghat, and George Thorogood.
So all accomplishments aside, let’s get into the album review shall we?
Phosphene’s self-titled album is a 12-track Alternative Rock ‘golden nugget’: the tracks ‘Riot’, ‘Hold On’, and ‘Anti Hero’ are consistent in their composition and sound which is truly hard rock at its finest- the guitar riffs are a religious experience throughout the album, but especially in these three songs . The single ‘Scream’ is reminiscent is a mixture of delicate and powerful with Jeni’s vast vocal range followed by ‘Antidote’ which is also similar in composition and sound comparative to ‘Scream’. Going further into the album, ‘Warrior’ is probably one of the most captivating of this album with its powerhouse vocals and lyrics. Instrumentation in the song ‘Lock Me Away’ with piano woven throughout creates yet another layer of genius with this band’s ability to prove they are diverse in sound. Lyrics throughout the album as well as in previous content from the band are purposeful and intentional and support the overall ‘Hard Rock’ image that is portrayed.
Going further, I have taken a look at the band’s website and can see that along with strong affiliations and endorsements they have also acquired an equally strong fan base (120,000 and growing!) through consistent live performances that can be viewed on both photo galleries (website) and their YouTube channel. The kind of band that impresses the masses is the ones that truly remain humble in their approach and that is apparent throughout their connection with their fans. This is apparent with consistent communication with fan and industry feedback on their social media platforms and reflects a band that is willing to spend the extra few minutes a day responding to comments on their posts.
It is safe to say that for a band so early in its inception stages to have already acquired so many accomplishments in a relatively short period of time is indicative that they are going to go the whole distance with their career on all levels. Fabulous!
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