Phillips Head 2
Phillips Head's 2001 critically-acclaimed high-energy monster. Play this one loud. Review: Phillips Head's newest is fresh, feisty By Matthew Sturdevant, The Post Star: 'Phillips Head vocalist Jason Irwin said he writes about four songs every time he breaks up with a girlfriend. His laments in the band's CD, 'II,' will warm the hearts of self-pitying listeners.Melodies jump from distorted guitar licks and rattling high-hats to crisp, succinct bass rhythms and staccato vocals. The transitions had me swinging my head in circles and hopping along to sounds reminiscent of Green Day or The Smiths. Comparisons aside, the new Phillips Head CD stays true to their claims of originality. You can almost picture vocalist Jason Irwin's sneered upper lip as he testifies his love in 'Something About You.' Witty lyrics on songs like '1-900 Girl' grab sardonically at the desperation of a man cuddling in bed with a risqué magazine and his favorite phone sex line. Irwin's writing conjures a new spell of Nabokovian pleasures in 'Old Enough for Me.' Bass pluck for bass pluck and cymbal clash for cymbal clash, this CD is full of amusing woes and playful melodies that prove Phillips Head is surfing ahead of the post-punk wave. I can almost hear matchbox twenty CDs shattering on bedroom floors as pop music fans ditch Rob Thomas and his whiny gig for something a little less corporate. Phillips Head promises the underground roots and local loyalty that should have fans badgering them for another album just like this one.' (Reprinted from The Post Star, Friday, August 31, 2001) PHILLIPS HEAD is a uniquely entertaining original rock band based in upstate NY. The alternative power act has steadilly played clubs and events in the Northeast and beyond since forming in 1994. The band is well known for their HIGH-ENERGY live show, catchy songs, and loyal fan base. With their explosive sound and intensive schedule, Phillips Head has proven to be a major contributor to the region's original music scene. To date, the band has released two full-length albums, an acoustic EP, and a live recording from the legendary CBGB. Phillips Head is currently working on their third full-length release, and actively touring New York and the surrounding states. The music is a powerhouse blend of pop, punk, and rock, driven by forceful guitar chords, punchy bass lines, and rock-solid rhythms. The songs cover the broad (that's a pun) spectrum of love, lust, and beer with a perfect combination of amusingly witty lyrics, memorable hooks, and melodic vocals. Influences/Similar Artists include The Ramones, The Replacements, Material Issue, Social Distortion, Elvis Costello, Violent Femmes, The Kinks, Matthew Sweet, and The Clash. The songs are powerful, catchy, fast, and FUN.