Anyone wonder what it's like opening for your one of your major musical influences? Phaser got the chance to find out last night, doing the honors for Spiritualized at the 9:30 Club. I've been lucky enough to see Phaser over a dozen times through the years and this was by far their best set to date. The band has been supersized, growing from their original four member base up to a six-piece. Brothers Skalsky get along so well, they've added their younger sibling to play keys and bass. Need proof on just how good the set was? It impressed one of the Spiritualized boys enough to grab his digital camera and start taking pics from their balcony overlooking the stage.
The sonic fury of Phaser seemed unstoppable, I've never seen them show so much emotion, scratch that, flat out aggression, with their instruments on stage. Turning five songs into a 40+ minute set, Phaser blazed through four songs off of their Emperor Norton release Sway, stunning the crowd and then leaving most of them speechless with an eerily beautiful version of "Last Letter Home," from their self-released Skydive EP. Though hailing from the District, it appears Phaser may be ready to lead the Britpop invasion of 2003. Catch them on tour through mid-July.