By spinning their darkest thoughts into mammoth grooves brimming with baffling depictions of their inner lives, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter suggest that the only way to exorcise their demons is to dance them out.Phantogram play a sold-out show on Monday, August 7, at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. Seven Days recently caught up with Barthel by phone. SD: I feel like your song "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" implies that overexposure to something causes it to lose its thrill while simultaneously making you want it more.I'm trying to figure out [why] I keep dreaming that. If so, have any of them surfaced in your songwriting? "Howling at the Moon" [from our second album, Voices] is a song that was a dream — [it was] almost like a scene in a cowboy movie.
Last night I had a dream that my bottom two front teeth fell out.
Apparently, when you dream that, you have some sort of anxiety in your life.
"You Don't Get Me High Anymore" meant something different to me last night than it did to me last year. SD: Also, there's a line in that song — "Woke up from a dream ...
where teeth fell out of my head." Was it you or Josh who wrote that line? That one line has been stuck in my head for the past two weeks because I've been having [those] dreams.
I love music so much — learning about new kinds that I haven't even discovered yet.