Band Spotlight: The Phone Booth

I’m not a hipster so I’ll be the first to point out that I have no idea what [insert new trend/fad here] is. Nor will I try to make claims that I knew about something “before it was cool.” Therefore, I am once again willing to admit that I knew absolutely nothing about this band a few weeks prior to their album release show last month. As I was scrolling through social media exerting my eyes and thumbs to provide the content for this wonderful site, I noticed that The Phone Booth’s album release show kept popping up all over my feeds. When I saw that the show included support from Santa Barbara locals Gunpowder Empires and The Peer Council, I figured that this was worth checking out. I’d like to take a moment to also recognize the nice little indie/punk scene that we currently have burgeoning at the moment. If you haven’t heard of these bands then I also highly recommend that you give them a listen as well.

I am glad that I stuck to my gut and took a moment out of my day to play Roman by The Phone Booth. This is the first full length by this band but it honestly seems like this is their third. It’s so well put together, from front to back every song flows seamlessly into the next to tell the story of friendship, growing up, and loss. I normally listen to an album a few times and just kind of have it on in the background before it starts to grow. That’s not what happened when I listened to Roman. I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. Roman captivated me and I was hooked from the first listen. At that point in my discovery, the album release show was about a week away and I knew that I had to go experience this in person.

That’s exactly what the show was, an experience that I will never forget. It was enthralling. Listening to the album is one thing but experiencing it in person is another. The Phone Booth even flew one of their friends out from another state to have them provide light tech for the show. The album tells the story of a friendship which ends in the death of one of the friends. However, the album doesn’t end there. Roman further goes on to detail the aftermath of those who continue to live on and carry their friend’s name in their hearts and memories.

At the album release show, I was so intrigued by the story, I didn’t want it to end even though I already knew how it would. But just like everything in life, it’s a reminder that there is always an ending. The emotions in the singers face as he sang were the most authentic expressions of sorrow. I felt everything he sang and I have to admit it even caused me to feel the emotions that he was probably feeling in those moments. My favorite song of the night and on the album is “Ghost.” Right before they started the song the singer prefaced it by mentioning that the song is about a conversation between him and his friend. He stated that his friend made him a promise prior to his passing. His friend promised that if ghosts were real then he would come back to haunt him.

Take a moment out of your day to listen to Roman. It’s an eerie experience that you won’t forget. My top tracks on this album are “Ghost,” “Healthcare,” and “Ballad of Indifference.”

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