Phantogram on Ceremony, Rebirth, and Billy Corgan

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter discuss mental health amidst touring life

Kyle Meredith With... Phantogram
Kyle Meredith With… Phantogram

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    Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter give Kyle Meredith a call to discuss their fourth LP, Ceremony. The duo explain how the album is essentially a rebirth for them after 2016’s Three, which dealt with the suicide of Barthel’s sister. The two share how they’ve been working on their own mental health, especially within a touring life that pushes many artists to depression and substance abuse. The trip-hop revivalists also talk about co-writing with Billy Corgan, being named as an inspiration by Billie Eilish, and the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough debut, Eyelid Movies.

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    Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.


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