Tight Phantomz

By • Dec 1st, 2009 • Category: Band Bios

tight-phantomzCall it what you will — a rejuvenation, a renaissance, a refocusing — but Chicago’s Tight Phantomz has undergone a stylistic awakening since the release of 2005’s Crazy When Wet. Back then, frontman Mike Lust barreled through his ’70s-style glam-rock tunes with a full-on cucumber-in-the-pants swagger. But the departure of his bandmates in 2006 provided just the opportunity that Lust needed to redirect his fledgling outfit and draw upon a wider array of influences. The result was 2008’s Silk Prison, a record that challenges listeners to pinpoint its genre while encapsulating Lust’s love of the long-player. It’s an album vast in its scope, with rich Midwestern soundscapes that parallel his home city’s blue collar grit and white collar extravagance. It’s an LP produced at his personal studio and passed out at shows with an unabashed understanding of the gravity of its era. At the very least, it’s a record that sounds refreshed — from a man not at all trying to be refreshing.

Chicago Innerview, December 2009

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