Phish Invent Fake Scandinavian Prog Band, “cover” their album live

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Last night, Phish took their long halloween tradition to cover a classic album in its entirety to a new level. During their concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, they presented to the public I rokk, the only album by an obscure Scandinavian prog band called Kasvot Växt – a band so obscure, in fact, that they don’t actually exist.

As TOURNAMENT points out, Phish preceded the stunt by leaving breadcrumb trails on the Internet. Several articles have been published on the nonexistent cult classic of 1981, including one Artist page AllMusic and album review, an interview on Perfect sound forever, and one myth maker blog post on the site of the beloved independent radio WFMU. To go further, they even slipped some song titles of the group in old archived radio playlists. (The songs themselves don’t appear on any of the shows, of course.)

Phish has since uploaded his full performance from the album to Spotify. Find it below. It is currently unclear exactly how (or why) the whole ordeal was orchestrated. For an in-depth look at the set, visit JamBase. Phish’s latest album, Big boat, arrived in 2016. A new live set is due out this month.

Read Pitchfork’s feature film “Phish Shreds America: How the Jam Band Anticipated Modern Festival Culture”.

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