Fueled By Ramen recording group Phantom Planet
has unveiled its summer tour schedule, including both headline shows as well as a major cross-country run alongside FBR labelmates, Paramore
. The news comes amid a flurry of promotional activity and critical acclaim surrounding the California-based band's just-released label debut, Raise The Dead
The headline dates will kick off on July 8th at Seattle, Washington's El Corazon, with additional stops in Seattle, Portland, and Orangevale, California. Next, Phantom Planet will pair up with Paramore for the Grammy Award-nominated punk-pop quartet's eagerly anticipated "The Final RIOT – Paramore Summer Tour '08," beginning on July 29th at Henderson, Nevada's Henderson Pavilion. The multi-act bill – which also includes Jack's Mannequin
and Paper Route
– will then travel North America through an August 30th finale at the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut.
As if that weren't enough, the band – which has only just wrapped its supporting role on the 2008 Honda Civic Tour with Panic At The Disco
– will also share the stage at Costa Mesa, California's Pacific Amphitheater with OneRepublic on July 12th, then travel to Japan for the upcoming Nano-Mugen Festival, set for July 20th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama.
Phantom Planet has also teamed with crowdSPRING, the online marketplace for creative services, to find the most compelling t-shirt design for its upcoming tour. crowdSPRING will be accepting design submissions on its website – www.crowdspring.com – through June 25th. All designs will be reviewed and ranked by the band and its fans, with the favorite appearing on the t-shirt for this summer's tour. In addition, the winning designer will receive a $500 cash award and a shirt signed by the band members.
"Do The Panic," the first single release from Raise The Dead
, is currently featured in a new Verizon Wireless promotional spot, now showing in thousands of movie theaters across North America. The spot will continue to be shown through July.
Produced by Tony Berg (Aimee Mann
, Pete Yorn
, Nickel Creek
), Raise The Dead
effortlessly mixes Phantom Planet's '60s pop influence with a 21st century slant that's particularly refreshing in today's increasingly homogenous musical landscape. Tracks like the glam-happy "Do The Panic" or the orchestral psychedelia of "I Don't Mind" see the band taking inspiration from such iconic artists as David Bowie
, and The Zombies
, then recontextualizing them into something completely, uniquely their own. The twelve extremely diverse and dynamic songs on Raise The Dead
reaffirm Phantom Planet as one of the modern era's most exciting and ingenious rock n' roll bands.
Raise The Dead
has drawn a steady stream of enthusiastic reviews since its release this spring. In a four-starred rave, Alternative Press hailed the collection as "Phantom Planet's best," calling it "insistent," "spirited," and "brilliant." Rolling Stone
awarded the album three-and-a-half stars, calling the title track "the best Strokes song in years." Spin declared Raise The Dead
to be "an impressive show of maturity," while Entertainment Weekly praised its "winsome melodies and swelling, thunderous choruses."
Raise The Dead
is Phantom Planet 's fourth full-length collection, following 1998 's highly praised Phantom Planet Is Missing
, 2002 's The Guest
(which included the now-classic "California," known far and wide as the theme song to Fox 's The O.C.
), and 2004 's Phantom Planet
For up-to-the-minute news and information, please see Phantom Planet's newly re-launched website
Phantom Planet On Tour 2008:
8 Seattle, WA El Corazon
9 Portland, OR Hawthorne theater
11 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
12 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheater w/OneRepublic
20 Yokohama, JP Nano-Mugen Festival @ Yokohama Arena
29 Henderson, NV Henderson Pavilion
1 San Diego, CA Concerts On The Green
2 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
5 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheater
6 New Orleans, LA The Sugarmill
7 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheater
12 Chicago, IL Congress theater
13 Sterling Hts, MI Freedom Hill
15 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
16 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park Convention Hall
17 Providence, RI Providence Pier
22 Montreal, QUE Metropolis
23 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
24 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
26 St. Paul, MN State Fair Grandstand
29 Portsmouth, VA NTelos Wireless Pavilion
30 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet theater
7/29-8/30 – The Final RIOT – Paramore Summer Tour '08 w/Paramore, Jack's Mannequin, and Paper Route