by Adam Toth
Despite the name, there really is nothing to be scared of with Phobophobe. The Race is a safe debut with a lot of promise for the up-and-coming Seattle band. Self-recorded, and self-produced, this album has the sound of a small studio with pretty strong quality for a self-production. What I am impressed by is Phobophobe’s ability to perform long and complex songs throughout the whole album. If you’re looking for two minute spurts of rock, then Phobophobe is not the band for you. I’d like to think of them as Sunny Day Real Estate prodigies. Of course they have not achieved the greatness and respect of SDRE yet, but they’ve definitely got a similar sound, and with some professional recording, might be on their way to success.
The Race isn't quite jumping onto my favorites list yet, but was definitely worth the listen and entry into my iTunes library.