Phantom Limb bring Southern sounds to Newbury

Published: 23 Feb 2012 16:300 comments

Fresh from the release of their second album, The Pines, The Guide got chatting to lead singer Yolande of Phantom Limb, about the sweet, southern sound that's taking them on a whimsical tour of the country, and making a stop at Arlington Arts Centre, in Newbury.

And by southern, I mean both south of the country and southern blues, as this Bristolian band, who met through their passion for music, offer a unique twang to their soulful, gospel sounds.

Yolande explained: "We're very much southern style meets LA country. The getting together was musical - we all found each other through music."

They have performed sell-out shows in London and have built up a die-hard following across the country after the release of their self-titled debut album, so The Guide wanted to know what we could expect this time round.

"We give 150% all of the time and I have a whole-hearted belief in what we do and the result is growing crowds everywhere we go."

"We are foremost a live band - that's where we come to life. You can expect lots of silly dancing and to go on a bit of a cerebral holiday. There are no passengers, you've got to let it hit you and just stumble across what's happening."

She added: "Unconsciously we managed to capture a whole range of sounds, by no tiny feat, through objectivity and being so into the stuff we love.

And of the tour, Yolande told us: "We're doing second album stuff and a few extra bits that haven't appeared on anything we have recorded and other entertaining tit-bits."

"We are a third of a way through the third album and every opportunity we get we write. We will tour and then we're hoping to go back to Long Beach and record the third album in September. It's a weird year because of the Olympics and we've had festival dates cancelled, but there's talk of us doing Sundance Festival and you will be able to see us at others."

Catch the soothing sounds of Phantom Limb on Friday at £10 in advance, or £12 on the door, via www.arlingtonarts.co.uk or call 01635 244246.

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