It's been three years since electronic-rock duo Phantogram released its third album, Three. It was an acclaimed release, born from the pain of singer Sarah Barthel's sister's suicide. In the three years since, Barthel and partner Josh Carter have done a lot of growing, and they break their silence today (May 31) with one of their poppiest tunes so far, a ghostly celebration of joy's tiumph over depression called "Into Happiness." Phantogram has also confirmed a tour.
The duet features both members singing the end of their struggles over a road-weary rhythm. At the chorus, Barthel sings "wish you could be here," perhaps a nod to her late sister, welcoming her memory into this next chapter of her life.
In a handwritten note to fans on Instagram, Phantogram thanked fans for their patience as they worked through an arduous "personal journey ... coming out of the darkness and into the light."
In celebration of "Into Happiness," Phantogram announced a North American tour. The note says they may have a few new songs for the road, too, but we'll have to wait to hear those.
"Into Happiness" is out now on Republic Records. Listen to it and see the full list of Phantogram tour dates below.
June 2 - Camden, NJ @ Radio 104.5 12th Birthday Celebration July 19 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party Aug. 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Alt 98.7 Summer Camp Aug. 16 - Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort* Aug. 17 - Ogden, UT @ Twilight Concert Series* Aug. 18 - Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom Aug. 20 - Bellvue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre* Aug. 22 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove at Harrah’s* Aug. 23 - Kansas City, MO @ KC Live!* Aug. 25 - St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre* Aug. 27 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee* Aug. 28 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live!* Aug. 29 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore* Aug. 30 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel* Aug. 31 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall Sept. 3 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues* Sept. 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre Sept. 6 - Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem* Sept. 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival Sept. 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle* Sept. 10 - Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Company* Sept. 12 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall* Sept. 13 - Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory* Sept. 14 - Austin, TX @ Stubb’s* Sept. 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren* Sept. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium* Sept. 20-22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful * with Bob Moses