Phish Plays Concert Set as Fake Scandinavian Band in Complex Halloween Prank

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Phish performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, 2018.

Phish is known for covering full albums (having previously played releases from The BeatlesThe White Album to David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars for Halloween) but this year, they took it to a whole new level.

The American rock band performed the album Í Rokk from the fictional Scandinavian Kasvot Växt in Las Vegas on Wednesday (Oct. 31). They didn’t just play a fabricated album, though; they went as far as to build a fake artist page and create an album review shared by independent New Jersey radio station WFMU. They also handed audience members Phishbills (playbills), which featured a detailed essay on Kasvot Växt alongside a few words from Phish on the fictional progressive rock band, upon entering the venue.

“Every time the Halloween discussion comes up, we talk about Kasvot Växt,” said Phish frontman Trey Anastasio in the pamphlet. “We honestly were worried we wouldn’t have the chops to pull it off or to do justice to the sound, but when it comes down to it, we just couldn’t resist any longer.” and Perfect Sound Forver got in on the action, sharing a biography and interview for the Scandinavian band, respectively. 

“There is no word in Scandinavian to describe how honoouured we are that obscure American band Pfish has chosen to share our Magnum Opus with their pfans,” wrote a fan-made Kasvot Växt Twitter account.

View a song from Phish’s gag set below.