2014. 5 impossible sacks of semi-conscious fluid were scraped together from various corners south of the river. Thus Phobophobes congealed in the swamps of Brixton, around the same festering pools that birthed Fat White Family and Meat Raffle. Indeed, Phobes’ drummer Dan Lyons was the original Fat Whites’ drummer, and keyboard player Chris OC also plays in Meat Raffle. So far, so incestuous, but Phobes sleazy glam and swirling head-trips are altogether of a different order.
Singer Jamie Taylor’s vocals recall both James Osterberg and Morrison; guitarist George Russell brings forth the ghost of Rowland S Howard with added Frippertronics, while bassist Elliot Nash keeps things grounded.
Infectious fuzz drenched debut single, “No Flavour” comes out at the end of March with an extraordinary version of Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song” on the B-side. “No Flavour” speaks of “canned meat and canned laughter”, stabbing at the absurd instant gratification of consumer pop culture. Glorious in its own unabashed dissatisfaction, the track is buzzing with flavours in its deadly psychedelic concoction.

Every fluid knows that drug pop can never die, and horror glam will never stop. Phobophobes know that the time would soon come when they would be able to sell their labour to the masses, and gain swathes of honourable debt. The time is now.