The Phantoms

Victor Penalosa: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Xavier Anaya: Guitar (electric) | Chris Iandolo: Bass guitar | Ed Masi: Drums

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Melanies, the Burrito Brothers, Sidewalk Scene, Riot Act, Unruly Bangs, Baja Bugs, Got it Covered, ADD/C, the Zeros, the Shambles

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2011

Background:

The Phantoms includes former Melanies mainman Victor Penalosa (guitar, vocals), Xavier Anaya (lead guitar), Chris Iandolo (bass), and Ed Masi (drums).

Penalosa (also a drummer and bassist) projects have included the Burrito Brothers, Sidewalk Scene, Riot Act, Unruly Bangs, Baja Bugs, Got it Covered, and ADD/C, as well as stints with the Zeros and the Shambles. In 2013, he joined Bay Area–based favorites the Flamin’ Groovies, who first emerged during the late 1960s with a string of their mid-’70s tunes such as “Shake Some Action” and “Jumpin in the Night,” now considered garage-rock classics. Penalosa’s first tour with the Flamin’ Groovies, which began in April 2013, included a music festival in Australia as well as sold-out shows in Japan and San Francisco. He was asked to join full time following the tour.

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