The Phantom Family Halo: April 30, 2012 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 17, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

After catching them back in January on the cusp of the release of their latest record, When I Fall Out, back in January, I relished the chance to catch The Phantom Family Halo after a few more months of touring on the record. Opening for the legendary Japanese psych-rock band Acid Mothers Temple (that recording [HERE]), the band took the Knitting Factory stage with a poise and confidence equal to that veteran band. The combination of a cool light show and a clean house mix gave a fervent power and energy to the most-new material on offer. “Vital Energy” was not only the name of one of the best songs of the night; it was an accurate descriptor for the band’s entire performance that night. As I did back in January, I continued to marvel at how the band could switch gears between a more psychedelic, exploratory style and a harder, punkish bite, even within the same song. Much of the credit for that goes to frontman Dominic Cipolla, whose vocals are angrier and more aggressive, and kept higher in the mix, than those of many of the band’s genre contemporaries, giving them a harder edge. This show was a step forward all around from the January show, and makes for the ideal introduction to this band. The only thing better would be seeing them for yourself.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Acid Mothers Temple recording, with AKG large diaphragm microphones. I preferred the house mix and the mics’ performance on this set over the AMT set, and think that this was the best recording of the night.  Enjoy!

Stream “Vital Energy”
[audio: Vital Energy.mp3]

Stream “Broken By the Way”

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The Phantom Family Halo
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardiod, slightly ROC, at SBD, 7.5ft, POS)>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, additional EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro music]
02 Sun Behind the Sun
03 Vital Energy
04 Light Year Girl
05 White Hot Gun
06 [tuning]
07 Dirty Blade
08 Masters of the Universe
09 Broken By the Way

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