Fantasticboom’s leader, Mark Cuthbertson, worked as a professional guitar player to put himself through grad school. On his way toward a career in philosophy of religion and philosophy of science, and after being published in a scholarly journal on philosophy of time, he quit to form Fantasticboom, the unification of both his artistic and philosophical lives. Fantasticboom is Talk Talk meets Radiohead, but in a new color pallet of sounds, with genre-defying guitar and lyrics. Lyrically, it's been called "analytic philosophy and regular pain."