Adam Stafford: Phantom Billions – Single and Video review


Louder than war’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to new single ‘Phantom Billions’ from Adam Stafford’s third solo album ‘Taser Revelations’.

With his third solo album ‘Taser Revelations’ released on 12th March 2016 on Song, by Toad Records, Adam Stafford isn’t waiting around for anyone.

Here we have his latest video ‘Phantom Billions’. A homemade effort, but with some surprisingly clever big budget/big screen values and effects.

This insanely catchy post punk tune has definite Postcard Records influences which are expected (he hails from Glasgow) But what takes this tune up a notch is its unquestionable dance ability quality. It’s virtually impossible to sit still watching this video! And this is purely down to the acting and moves that Adam pulls throughout!

Immediate comparisons are with the Michael Clark School of dance that famously accompanied The Fall on several occasions. This free form, but balletic performance by all involved just adds to the drama and underlying message of the song. That being a social commentary on commuting, 9-5 jobs, consumerism, (capitalism?) and also difficult social interactions. The subtle musical changes in this song absolutely mirror the subtle messages presented here. Life is weird. Work is weird. We are all weird.

I currently have this on repeat. I suggest you do too.


‘Taser Revelations’ was released on 12 March 2016.

Adam Stafford can be found on Soundcloud.

By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.

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