William Benton, formerly of Phantom Family Halo and now resident of NYC, has, per Noise Pollution, put together a new band, Cat Casual. Here’s a video of what might be their first performance:
Syd Bishop struggles with the definition of “supergroup” before conceding that it’s as good a label as any to describe the new Louisville band Watter, composed of Britt Walford of Slint, Grails member Zak Riles and Tyler Trotter, Strike City, The Children and Phantom Family Halo. Go read Bishop’s take on it here.
It seems that Spin Magazine noticed too.
Here’s “Rustic Frog” from the upcoming album, due out on May 27:
The now-Brooklyn-based Phantom Family Halo returns to its hometown with a show at The New Vintage on November 12, along with headliner Coliseum, plus Early Age and White Reaper. From the announcement:
“Since their relocation to Brooklyn, THE PHANTOM FAMILY HALO have released When I Fall Out on Knitting Factory Records. THE PHANTOM FAMILY HALO has shared stages and/or toured with Acid Mothers Temple, Lydia Lunch, Slint, The For Carnation, Guru Guru, Hawkwind. Black Angels, Black Mountain, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Roky Erickson.”
Show time is 7 p.m., tickets are $8.
Looking for something about Lydia Lunch – Retrovirus, this cropped up from the Interwebs: “No wave legend Lydia Lunch, who was a member of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, has collaborated with Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Michael Gira and many others, and has a lengthy solo career. ... her concept of “retro-virus,” which in addition to describing the no wave community, is the name of her party which she’ll be throwing..” at Headliners, along with Phantom Family Halo and The Ritchie White Orchestra on June 7. Whatever. Tickets are $15.
Here’s a video at that might help. Warning: NSFW:
Over at the Never Nervous blog, Phillip Olympia has an interview with William Benton, who went to New York with his bandmates in Phantom Family Halo. He has subsequently left that band. Read the whole thing here.
William Benton of Phantom Family Halo has a tour blog post over at InsiderLouisville.com about the band’s recent stop in Louisville for a show at Zanzabar.
Zachary Houle at Popmatters.com has a long review of Phantom Family Halo’s When I Fall Out.