Members: Frank Gerritsen (Guitar, Sitar), Marnix Krabbendam (Guitar), Marc De Regt (Bass), Niels Jansen (Drums)
To many music fans The Treble Spankers need no introduction. In a period of five years the band did over 500 gigs between 1993 and 1997. They played packed venues and crowded festivals throughout The Netherlands with one of the highlights being thousands of jumping kids at the famous Pinkpop festival. Due to physical problems of Phantom Frank, the mastermind behind the band, The Treble Spankers had to call it a day. Some years later, after releasing a very well received solo album Phantom Frank decides to form a new band early 2004.
With Marc de Regt, known from garage band Kek 66 a steady and reliable bass player is found. Marnix Krabbendam from garage band The Budgetics joins as second guitar player. Finally drummer Niels Jansen, playing in shoegaze formation The Butchers Wife during the late nineties completes the band and The Phantom Four have been born.
Once they have found the right balance in playing together new compositions come about quickly. Besides surf standards like Malaguea, Margaya en Johnny Guitar a huge collection of own composities is born. Within a years time the band builds up a repertoire of over two hours of material, more than enough to start performing live. On 7th November 2004 the very first concert of The Phantom Four takes place in Caf De Diepte in Amsterdam. In front of a small group of friends part of the repertoire has its live debut. With a VHS recorder and a simple stereo microphone a local radio station makes live recordings of this very first gig. When hearing these recordings the band gets so excited they decide to release the concert in a limited quantity. On 20th May 2005 Live At De Diepte gets released on CD.
From early 2005 The Phantom Four plays shows in The Netherlands on a weekly basis. Besides many gigs in clubs and pubs the band also plays Oranjepop, the Vierdaagse in Nijmegen and the 30 year old Sjock festival in Belgium. A gig in Amsterdams legendary pop temple Paradiso even lands them a residency which leads to a monthly return at the clubnight de Classic Noodlanding. The band also gets asked to open for the famous Surfaris in de Melkweg and a show at FZW in Germany. October finds The Phantom Four in the studio to record their studiodebut which is due for release in March 2006.