New Artist Finds: Phoria
The genesis of Phoria is the stuff movies are made of: A couple of blokes from Brighton (Trewin Howard and Ed Sanderson) meet in primary school while learning the cello and violin, respectively. A life-long friendship is instantly formed. The two go about their lives, pursing their musical passions in different ways (Howard moved on to the guitar, while Sanderson settle into the piano). All the while they keep meeting up with other musically talented chaps (Jeb Hardwick first, then Tim Douglas). They eventually form a kick-ass, genre-defying 5-piece band called Phoria.
(For those of you who care about such things, the original fifth member was drummer, Ross Crick, who was likely named after a comic book villain. He left the band in 2011 and was replaced by Seryn Burden, whose name also sounds like it's from a comic)
Now is the point where I tell you this isn't a movie, but actually real life. (SURPRISE!!!) Sure you already knew that, but I though we had something going there with my pitch.
Anyhow, Phoria creates ethereal songs that combine elements of post-rock, electronica, and indie to create a relax soundscape that is wholly unique.
Phoria checkmarks all the influences you immediately hear in their music (Radiohead, Elbow, Sigur Ros, etc.). My first impression of them was that they sounded like Perfume Genius doing post-rock, which is something I'm obviously on board for. And while that's needlessly reductionist for a band that is dabbling in so many different musical styles, I still think it's a pretty apt comparison.
There's definitely a "chill wave" vibe to Phoria's music, although I still don't really know what that word means. I also hear elements of Tony Dekker in Howard's vocals.
But enough about what I think. I'm an idiot anyways. Besides, the music of Phoria speaks for itself. You don't need some over-written paragraphs from me to know that their seamless use of electronic in post-rock is a game-changer. You can tell all that just by listening to it.
And while the music of Phoria is perfect to be played in the background while you're cooking, cleaning, doing homework, writing, whatever, it's best if you just listen to it. (Preferably on some really good headphones.)
Oh, and I should also mention that the band puts on a truly amazing live show.
Phoria's debut EP, Yourself Still came out in 2010. The follow up, Bloodworks, came out in April of this year (2013, in case anyone is reading this in the future). Phoria will also be touring all summer, so be sure to catch them if they're near you.
Lastly, let me just say that while Phoria does make great 'background music,' they've certainly got my attention (nailed it!).
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