The Phantom Band is a Glasgow-based band consisting of Duncan Marquiss (guitar), Gerry Hart (bass), Andy Wake (keyboards), Rick Anthony (vocals and
guitar), Iain Stewart (drums) and Greg Sinclair (guitars). They are often generally described as indie-rock but are known to utilize a variety of
genres and styles. The band's debut album Checkmate Savage was released in January 2009 and the follow up The Wants in October 2010.The recording
sessions for the band's second album were apparently quite difficult- even more so than the first record. Much of the music was written in the
studio and under quite tight time constraints and this seems to have led to some difficulties within the band. Sometime in the summer of 2010,
between the records completion and its release, the band parted ways with original drummer Damien Tonner. The band made a number of festival
appearances around this time including the Commercial Alternative festival in Glasgow, the Standon Calling festival and the Electric Elephant festival
The Wants was released in October 2010 to critical acclaim. On the day of its release the band travelled to the United States of America to appear at
the CMJ festival in New York. Directly after this the band supported Frightened Rabbit on a string of dates during their headline tour including shows
in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and Chicago.
On returning to the United Kingdom the band embarked on a small tour of their own culminating in a sold out show at Oran Mor in Glasgow.
In March 2011 they completed a 2 month tour of Europe. Beginning in Ireland at the end of January the group then travelled through France,
Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
Throughout the summer of 2011 the band appeared on the stages of many UK and European festivals including: Latitude (Suffolk), The Great Escape
(Brighton), Friends of Mine (Manchester), Walk the Line (Den Haag), A.F.F. (Genk), Tramlines (Sheffield), The Camden Crawl (London), Summer Sundae
(Leicester), Belladrum (Inverness-shire) and T in the Park (Kinross-shire). At the T in the Park festival the band recorded a live acoustic version of
the track "Everybody Knows it's True" for the final show of the BBC's festival coverage.