You can’t deny that it’s been a banner year for Phosphorescent. The project of existential Americana singer-songwriter Matthew Houck kicked off 2013 with the majestic new album, Muchacho, and its enchanting single “Song for Zula.” Some road bumps were encountered when the band’s new lineup played an uneven show on the first night of tour at Johnny Brenda’s, but the growth it experienced since then has been remarkable.
By the time Phosphorescent rolled through the area again at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, it was a well-oiled machine that delivered arguably the best set of the weekend (see a recap here). The band was tight and together, but in a way where the players could build their songs into cathartic, unrestrained moments and still come safely back from the edge.
So one can only imagine how much further growth the six-piece has experienced, and how epic their recently-announced Union Transfer show will (maybe, hopefully, probably) sound. The band headlines on Tuesday, January 21st; tickets are on sale now. Below, listen to Phosphorescent’s recent World Cafe interview with David Dye, and watch a video of an XPoNential performance that not a lot of people saw – jamming with My Morning Jacket on “Oh, Sweet Nuthin’” while the rain poured down outside the SBC.Phosphorescent, Union Transfer