In the summer of 2007, three ragtag college students history major David Mansfield, musician Philip Frobos, and visual artist Allen Taylor spent long hours hanging around their Georgia State dorm rooms. They were busy plotting, as Frobos puts it, "to take over the world."
Of course, the world as they then knew it could pretty much be boiled down to Atlanta's insular rock scene. But there was a problem with their plan. Frobos, the vocalist and bassist for Chainestereo (pronounced shin stereo), couldn't book a show to save his life.
It was a few months after the release of Deerhunter's second album, Cryptograms. Black Lips' Good Bad Not Evil was about to drop, and Atlanta indie labels Rob's House, Die Slaughterhaus and Douchemaster Records were pumping out a steady stream of local 7-inch singles. The scene was strong and tight-knit, and breaking into it would prove nearly impossible for a group of young newcomers.
"I tried to book shows anywhere but the responses always felt like, 'Get away from me, you annoying kid, you're bothering me!'" Frobos says. "For months I was obsessed with Rob's House. And seeing people that I knew from other bands like the Coathangers and theSelmanaires getting their records put out was really inspirational. I was determined to get a Chainestereo 7-inch out on Rob's House."
So Frobos harassed the label's co-owner Travis Flagel, but to no avail.
"When Philip started hitting me up, we had eight or nine singles waiting to be pressed," Flagel says. "We were busy, but I also thought they were a little tame compared to what we were doing."
By the time Flagel met with Mansfield and Frobos to offer advice on building connections via the Internet to help spread the band's name, Frobos had already reached his breaking point. "One day we were sitting around and I said, 'Goddamn it, we're never going to get a 45 released by anyone because we're too young and people think we're lame!'"
That's when Mansfield chimed in. "We don't need someone to do this for us, why don't I do it?" And so in November 2007, with the release of its first 7-inch Chainestereo's "Anchors" b/w "Airplanes" Double Phantom Records was born.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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