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Phantom State


Phantom State – Exist // Evolve
19th November 2021 Release

EXIST//EVOLVE is a journey of pain and deals directly with the stories and a first-hand account of childhood abuse from the perspective of the victim of this REAL-LIFE STORY. We wanted to deliver the songs that told the truth, that removed the unspeakable veil surrounding the subject of living in an abusive household. These songs are brutal because they come from brutality and this eight-track album is an expression of the suffering that came from the childhood of vocalist BEN ANDREWS.

“I needed to draw a line under these topics and wanted to have the opportunity to address the pain and move on”. “I know that this isn’t the experience for everyone who survives abuse, some situations just don’t end well, and some people are still living that fear every day”Although we are dealing directly with the darkest of subjects our songs also have an overall message of hope and unity leading us all out of that dark place. EXIST//EVOLVE is a TEMPLATE FOR SURVIVAL,

“These subjects are painful but through these truths they offer a way out and I chose my way out through the creation of this album”.

When we began to put the ideas together for EXIST//EVOLVE it all started with just those words, EXIST and EVOLVE. What did they mean to me, what did they mean to us all? I poured over the ideas of what it meant for me just to exist during that difficult period in my life and from my own experiences I believed we could emerge from a bad situation to actually evolve and ultimately thrive in our day-to-day existence.

“The story is there to inspire but it is the story rather than us that forms the inspiration”. “It was important to DAVID BENBOW to be able to understand what the stories of the songs meant to me and give him a vision of what the tone could feel like and inspire his creativity by doing so”

The heavier moments within the songs reflect the darkness and the trauma, the melodic moments offer a contrast, a different perspective and a hopeful point of view.”It gives a voice to my silence”

EXIST//EVOLVE is a self-produced album with guitarist David Benbow at the production helm, a traditional role in an unconventional set of circumstances. This pandemic presented us with another set of problems to solve and is testimony to the resilience and determination of all four members including original member Jake Hadley and newest addition Jim Coldrick sharing this story with their audience and get the album finished. Studios were closed, use of rehearsal paces prohibited by law and this could have been the story of the album that never happened. But it did.

Phantom State’s EXIST//EVOLVE is a debut that promises a brutally honest account addressing those previously unspeakable taboos with raw and fearless energy. We want those that have been through the trauma experience to know that they should never be alone. This album is speaking to to them, the silent minority, we hear you and this is a message of hope and extends out to all those who deal with trauma every single day. Once we can get out there, once we can connect with the audience eye to eye and share those special times that only live performance can provide, we WILL take this album onto the road. This album carries a positive message and in order to continue the life of this record we NEED you to hear this LIVE. We need YOU and we live in hope that we can share this together.

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