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30May/13

SONG OF THE DAY: “CURTAIN CALL” BY STEEL PHANTOMS

How can you not love a band that records a punk blowout called “Matt LeBlanc” in which they proclaim, “My love was only meant for you”? Brooklyn indie duo Steel Phantoms, consisting of former Islands drummer Aaron Harris and guitarist Jesse Newkirk, kick out the jams on that song and a half dozen others on their upcoming, eponymously titled EP, which is due July 16. The follow-up to the band’s 2010 self-titled EP and the 2011 EP Forer, the new record features a big sound with haunting background vocals and multiple melodic shifts on such tracks as “Sunflares,” “We Can’t Fail,” and the opener, “Curtain Call,” which is highlighted by rollicking drums (and takes an additional bow at the end of the closing number, “Skin Tone”). Steel Phantoms will be at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg on May 31 with Snowden and We Barbarians.

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