PHNTMS 10 April 2020
4. April 2020 By Walter Price 0

She knows, SINGLE/VIDEO: PHNTMS – Back Burner

PHNTMS – Back Burner is available now at Apple Music.


by Walter Price

Taking inspiration from acts like Biffy Clyro and U2, Philadelphia rockers PHNTMS’ new release, “Back Burner”, will become your new rock n roll addiction. And as you take this one in, you might imagine that this is what it would sound like if Kelly Clarkson fronted a crunchy early 90s alt-rock outfit. Powered by singer Alyssa Gambino’s vocal dexterity, an indelible murmur to a growl that sets the rooted lyrics on fire. As the band, (Adam Jessamine, Mikal Smith, Gene Murphy), bath the track in a raucous, well-honed wall of sound.

In a quote provided to the GTC, Gambino explains the single’s backstory, “I’ve always kept a safe distance when having feelings for someone new and the ‘flame’ represents just that. For me, being placed on the back burner is a lingering reminder that I will be here waiting.”

As relationship woes and experiences fuel just about every song written, this band goes steps further, weaving in all to important messages for the LGBTQA+ community. As drummer Gene Murphy is quoted, “We openly talk about lesbian relationships in our music and we want to bring hope to anyone who is in the closet and doesn’t feel safe coming out. Whether you are out as queer or not, your identity is valid and if our music helps you escape heteronormativity for a brief moment.”

If you’re a fan of Deep Dark Robot, Kings Of Leon and/or Kandur, then this track will slide nicely into your rock n roll summer playlist. And you can check out the video, directed by Adam Jessamine, below.


Band photo by Zakk Connor / PR provided by Mora May Agency

Filmed by Tom Flynn
Directed by Adam Jessamine
Edited by Adam Jessamine / Tom Flynn
Recorded by Mike Watts
Mixed by Jackson Hoffman
Mastered by John Naclerio

Alyssa Gambino
Adam Jessamine
Mikal Smith
Gene Murphy


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Inspired by everyday situations, relationships, and growing up, the band aims to create a feeling with which listeners can easily identify. Gambino reveals, “I think as songwriters, we try to capture these moments and make them as detailed as possible. We’ll always be fascinated by the fact we can freeze these moments…” – bio

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