At a concert in February 2011, James and Ryan decided they wanted to be in a band together. They were in a band called 'Under Fire' from March until November of that year, but left that band to start their own. Since the start of January 2012 they have been experimenting with different sounds and looking for a new drummer. After going through a dozen names, in 2013, they released their first two songs, "Summer Song" and "Kaleidoscope". They immediately received recognition going straight to number one of the Dublin Indie Charts.
Brass Phantoms are currently in the process of recording an album.