The Phantom Broadcast - The Just Joans - Freya Beer

The Phantom Broadcast recently released Antiquities Volume 2, which follows on not surprisingly from Volume 1 released earlier this year. Well we have them both as this band really do explore some fabulous musical directions resulting in some really fine indie, post rock and other musical influences within their songs. === Less than a month since we first featured them The Just Joans are back with a new single 'The One I Loathe The Least' it's another helping of gorgeous, melodic and stylish indie pop. === Freya Beer has a brand new single and video for 'Dear Sweet Rosie' a simmering alt rocker that's full of addictive hooks.

The Phantom Broadcast - Antiquities (Volume 1 and 2).

The Phantom Broadcast’s Antiquities Vol II was released on Friday, Nov 1 and it follows Antiquities (Vol I), which was released in April of this year. Both EPs have been compiled on a single, vinyl LP that was released on Tuesday, Nov 5.

The band are: Evan Opitz - Vocals/Guitar, Lucy Little - Violin/Vocals, Dave Hollis - Guitar/Vocals, Nick Soria - Bass, Colin Rambert – Drums.

The Phantom Broadcast creates music that pushes the boundaries of indie and post rock with the influences of folk, jazz, classical, and metal tendencies. The results yield dynamic instrumentation where creativity and emotion are paramount in the composition of each song. Aiming to construct an architectural sonic space, the five band members collaborate on storytelling and presentation.

Having released three full lengths and two Eps since forming in 2013, the band has grown, mutated, amputated, and grown some more with each recording. After almost two years of writing and recording, The Phantom Broadcast released Antiquities on limited-edition vinyl. The themes explored on the album deal with the challenges of maintaining good mental health, the anxiety of with living and thriving in a large city like Chicago, and the hardships of the mundane. Thanks to an incredible amount of support via Kickstarter, the record was pressed to wax and is available via all online streaming platforms, at shows, and in record stores throughout Chicago.


The Just Joans - The One I Loathe The Least.

The Just Joans’ new single “The One I Loathe The Least” is taken from their forthcoming album The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans, due out on 10 January via Fika Recordings.  “The One I Loathe The Least” (premiered over at God Is In The TV) is a song about friendship and finding someone who hates the same things that you do. A shared disinterest can be as powerful as a shared interest, and there is often something triumphant in these relationships when it feels as though it’s just you and them against the world.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans is a deeply personal collection of songs that hazily recall the past and contemplate the futility of the future. At the forefront remain the mischievous lyrics and heartfelt vocals of siblings David and Katie Pope, aided and abetted by Chris Elkin on lead guitar, Fraser Ford on bass guitar, Arion Xenos on keyboards and Jason Sweeney on drums.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans is a veritable smorgasbord of misery, longing and unrequited love; stories of small town resentments, half-forgotten school friends, failing relationships and awkward workplace conversations. As David explains: “It’s a collection torn from the pages of the diary I haven’t kept over the past 25 years. There are songs about places and people I vaguely remember, feelings I think that I once may have felt and the onset of middle-aged ennui.”

Despite entering new territory with the addition of brass and strings, they have nevertheless maintained the DIY ethos that made them darlings of the underground indie-pop scene, with each song on the album recorded and produced by the band in various gloomy bedrooms around Glasgow.


Freya Beer - Dear Sweet Rosie.

Freya Beer began her songwriting journey at the tender age of 10, this led to her performing her lyrics at the age of 16 accompanied by just her guitar.

During her time studying ‘Music Performance’, Freya Beer self-released her debut single “Bike Boy” in 2018. The single gained a positive reception from the likes of BBC Introducing and an array of music blogs. “Bike Boy” was quickly followed by the release of “Six Months”, which also received a positive reception and led to a BBC Introducing Solent Live Lounge Session and feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show as well as BBC Wales.

Freya Beer’s upcoming single, ‘Dear sweet Rosie’ was recorded early this year in Manchester. The song draws from a number of literary influences including Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’.

Alongside Freya’s thick guitar riff and tender vocals, I Am Kloot drummer Andy Hargreaves adapts a Led Zeppelin-esque drumming style to the song which creates a non-toppling wall of sound.

Live Dates:
Nov 30 - The Lexington, London (w/ Brix & the Extricated)
Dec 4 - 1865, Southampton (w/ Dr John Cooper Clarke)
Jan 20 - The Social, London (w/ TheBoy Least Likely To)