Dublin based post-punk ensemble, Brass Phantoms are steadily on the rise and 2017 is already off to a fantastic start. They played to a packed Whelan’s as part of the One’s To Watch series and last week they released the music video for their current single, ‘Waiting Up’. We caught up with James from Brass Phantoms briefly to talk about the video and the band’s plans for the rest of the year.
You released the video for you current single, ‘Waiting Up’ last week, can you talk to me about the concept behind the video?
The music video is pretty minimal! The idea came from our director Alan McCarthy, he had this idea of using our silhouettes against a white background, and distorting the footage throughout as if you’re watching it through an old TV. We think he did a great job!
Brass Phantoms’ following is increasingly on the rise and growing. Has this growth changed the way you write music? Are you more conscious of what you say in your lyrics or how you structure the songs?
I don’t think that should ever change how you write music. When it comes to lyrics the words will, I hope, always be personal. It’s the only way of truly getting something unique from a song, I think a personal experience can drive home the images of a particular person or place.
What are you plans for 2017?
We’ll be playing Workman’s in Dublin on April 20th. Really looking forward to some of the festivals this summer too, just saw the line up to Indiependece, we can’t wait for that one!