The Phantom Cowboys in 2015 (L-R: Serpent – drums, Lord Emsworh – guitar & vocals, Rob – double bass, Megz – guitar)
The Phantom Cowboys were formed in Norwich in 1994 and immediately defied easy categorisation with their unique mix of rockabilly, jazz, punk and sinister pop music. Throughout their career, the band has consisted of Lord Emsworth on the guitar and vocals, Rob on bass, Megz on guitar and The Serpent on drums.
Their 1998 debut album, “Down and Out at The Club Cruella” was an instant cult favourite amongst fans of the sinsiter and stylish. It remains widely downloaded and played on Internet radio worldwide.
(One last drink at the) Club Cruellaˆ
After splitting up in 1999, the band remained a favourite for fans of retro and vintage-flavoured music on either side of the Atlantic, being featured on Anagram Record’s 2007 retrospective of the UK nineties psychobilly scene, and Skully Records influential ‘Gothabilly’ compilation series in the US.
The Phantom Cowboys reunited in Summer 2015, playing a reunion gig in their hometown of Norwich. Further dates are planned, and a recording project for late 2015 – early 2016 has been hinted at.