Alexander Greenwald: Vocals
Sam Farrar: Bass
Jacques Brautbar: Guitar
Darren Robinson: Guitar
Jeff Conrad: Drums
THE NEW PHANTOM PLANET
Dave Fridmann (The Flaming
Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, Longwave)
Also a teacher at the local university.
Recorded in 6 weeks in 2003,
having just come off a grueling 18 month tour.
A fight between My Bloody Valentine,
Fugazi, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Wire, Gang Of Four,
Guided By Voices, The Who, The Cure, The Replacements, The Jam,
A Certain Ratio, Bad Brains, A.R.E. Weapons, Blur, Chik Chik Chik,
The Flaming Lips, The Clash, Television, The Specials, The English
Beat, Early U2, Sean Paul, Magnetic Fields, Led Zeppelin, and
whoever your favorite band is.
Memorable Recording Moments:
[Singer] Alexander gets attacked
by a fierce pack of wild dogs, fights back with two stones he's
nicknamed "Stun" and "Kill." Hunters mistake
the band for wild game. Shots are fired. No casualties. From that
moment on no one leaves the house without wearing "Safety
Orange." Band learns how to cook for one another. Many times
over band destroys kitchen, hunger ensues. Cabin fever kicks in
after 2 weeks. Band goes mad. [Guitarist] Darren names himself
"Egyptian Princess." [Bassist] Sam nearly kills a Piano
Tuner who has arrived early one morning, mistaking him for a burglar.
[Guitarist] Jacques threatens he'll go back to USC Music School.
The Story So Far:
The Phantom Planet record was
recorded in Fredonia, New York (an Amish town) in an Amish built
log cabin deep within the middle of the woods. It was the perfect
place for the band to escape their wild lives in Los Angeles and
focus on making an album without any distractions. It was in this
cabin, that Phantom Planet paired up with Grammy award winning
producer Dave Fridmann to create their best record to date.
When the recording was finished,
the boys quickly flew back to Los Angeles to meet with Director
Spike Jonze to talk about shooting a music video for "Big
Brat." Alexander had wanted to make a Zombie movie for some
time, and the idea perked Mr. Jonze's interest. Mr. Jonze conceived
the idea of filming a documentary of Phantom Planet making their
own HOME ZOMBIE MOVIE. Everyone loved the idea. Within the day,
a crack team of specialists was hired for the job. Director Johannes
Gamble of the AV Club (Pete Yorn, Audioslave, The Strokes) was
enlisted to Co-Direct with Spike. Famous make up artist Tony Gardner
(Thriller, The Blob, Darkman, Three Kings) was also hired for
visual effects. Less than a week later, the video was finished.
It is Phantom Planet's best.
Elvis Costello and The Attractions,
Guided By Voices, Travis, Pete Yorn, The Vines, BRMC, The Donnas,
Incubus, Rilo Kiley, American Hi Fi, Maroon 5, and Ben Lee
"I've been enjoying Phantom
Planet recently." - Bruce Springsteen (Somerville, MA February
"I put them on in the morning when I wake up." - Elvis
"Ok. You guys hear this? Now this is a REAL band."
- Max Weinberg to his band on Conan O'Brien
"I'd be caught dead listening to it." - Alexander Greenwald