Vote Edison – Phantoms
Math addled alt rock made to fizzle and thrill
Words: Phil Weller
Propelled by the melodics and the intensity of early Billy Talent and Arcane Roots with the angular, scratchy guitar attack of old school Biffy Clyro, Vote Edison have returned with a new single; one that is infested with energy and inventiveness.
Phantoms, which was recorded and mixed at Sheffield’s Steel City Studios and mastered here in Manchester by Grant Berry of Fader Mastering, launches where their previous effort, Bore, left off. It punches hard from the off with booming power chords trading off with a whirring, descending melody before the verse drops the dynamics and allows Robbie Cavanagh’s characterful voice and persona to grab the limelight. From there it builds back up with stabbing, bouncing guitars underpinned by John Pallot’s rumbling drum work; a steady ocean breeze of cymbals and the tight ping of his snare drum a rambunctious backdrop for their half radio rock, half maddened, mathematic approach to fizzle and thrill.
The song ebbs and flows naturally, with plenty typical songwriting techniques used here to great effect. From the softer chorus later on, which explodes into one final run through of their backing vocal lavished, emphatic chorus to their deft attention towards how each instrument interact with one other across their sonic canvas, the track is one as bright and energetic as it is fun and engaging.