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Bluesbreakers: Isaac Rother & The Phantoms

The Californian rock’n’rollers putting the B-movie back into R&B.

From an early age, Isaac Rother knew he was different. It first occurred to him when his primary school teacher asked each pupil to bring in an example of their favourite music.

“I brought in Wipe Out by The Surfaris. I was thinking everyone would bring in some cool rock’n’roll song – and nobody did.” 

Two decades later, he’s wreaking a terrifying revenge on society as the frontman of Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, LA’s finest purveyors of B-movie fixated R&B. Well, possibly not terrifying, but certainly entertaining, as they summon the spirits of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Sonics and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown as well as the cheap, nasty but irresistible delinquent blues-punk practised by the original garage and psych bands of the 60s.

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