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After a relocation from Louisville to New York a few years ago, Dahm Majuri Cipolla and his band Phantom Family Halo are set to return for a special show this Friday, April 18th at The New Vintage (check out the facebook event page here). What’s the occasion? Well, the former hometown band has a special hometown show to promote a new record called Raven Town Witch, which was released via Sophomore Lounge a week or so ago. And yeah, I figured it was imperative to ask Dahm a few questions about the band’s upcoming local appearance and latest effort…
Never Nervous: Tell us about Raven Town Witch. There seems to be an occult theme that runs throughout. Am I picking that up right, or is there something else?
Dahm Majuri Cipolla: There is a theme, but I’m not totally sure what it is yet. These are ideas that seem to make more sense in a otherworldly sorta setting. It is also a bit tongue and cheek sometimes.
NN: How do you write? Is it collaborative? Does the band jam things together? Or do you write the words, then the music?
DMC: It’s a mixture, I write a lot of stuff alone then bring it to the band and we play around with it, see how it changes.
NN: It sounds like there are a lot of fun toys used on this record. I hear some pretty rad keyboard/organ sounds and definitely some fun effects. What are you using? What musical stuff do you want that you don’t have?
DMC: we had a tower of gadgets and effects to experiment with. The Nord is awfully present throughout, as well as standard rock band devices, lots of pedals as well…
NN: I understand the lineup of the band has rotated a few times. How does that impact the song writing, if at all?
DMC: It can bring a fresh approach or ideas for trying things in a way I may not have thought before.
NN:I bet you get this question a lot, but what does the bands name mean? Asking for a friend.
DMC: I had a dream someone was handing me a record and the name was written across the top.
DMC: I consider myself a drummer, but I prefer to play guitar and sing in PFH. I do miss just singing, that’s pretty fun.
NN: Recommend a band or two in New York that folks here in Louisville probably haven’t heard of.
NN: Lastly, talk about a few records you’ve been diggin’ on lately.