Phantom Isle are back with new single, Whip, which is a Donna Summer inspired, disco infused stomper. Sam, Pete, Jonny and Josh all spoke with The Fountain about the new track as well as their plans for survival in 2020 and where they are keen to play next when venues reopen.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Whip?
Pete: Put it this way. Yesterday we were sent a video by Marcus from Sarpa Salpa of him dancing to it in the shower. In earnest, the reception’s been excellent so far on the whole. Our fans tell us it’s our best track yet, Lal Muttock on BBC Introducing thought it was amazing, John Kennedy on Radio X loves it, Dork Magazine calling it an ‘absolute tune’. Really happy with the response so far.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Josh: Nihilism with a smile.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Jonny: Survival. Survive this madness. We’ve got an EP coming out early next year and we hope to all be there to see it through. What I’m trying to say is we’ll be preparing for that release more than anything. We still have some very tasty treats to come out this arse end of the year like an official Whip music video, produced and directed by our super talented friend Ksenia Kulakova (it’s gonna be insane) and a couple of sneaky remixes we’ve cooked up with some mates. All will be revealed soon! SO WATCH THIS SPACE.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Sam: Some of our best shows have been in the UK, but my absolute favourite show to date has been headlining the KFZ in Marburg (Germany) in March. It was the biggest room we’ve played so far as a band, and it was totally packed. The crowd was so up for it, and the sound on stage was perfect. But at the same time, I can’t wait to play live at The Lock Tavern in Camden again. We’ve played there several times, and even hosted our own show to launch one of our previous singles, I Am Urs. Sometimes you just can’t beat a small room full to the brim with sweaty people up for a dance.