08 April, 2013

Phil G Band - Reality

Phil G Band - Reality (song review) |self-released, Eureka, 2013| 4/5

Phil Gibbons (guitar, vocals) and Marco Degiorgi (lead guitar) who founded the Phil G Band have been playing music for many years. However, both band members don't seem to be too desperate to become rock stars or in the least, don't rely on making big money from the music industry. They work in Saudi Arabia where they both compose and perform live for their own pleasure.
Since the British/Italian duo share similar music interests, a simple collaboration resulted in the recording of a whole album entitled, Eureka. For the purpose of recording it, Phil and Marco were accompanied by session drummer, Tom Hooper who at one time played with Grace Jones and Christian Garrick, also with a bass player known as, "The Gov". Matt Butler who is better known for his work with Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Mick Jagger produced the album at Rockfields Studio.

Having well known names attached to a release is undoubtedly helpful in spreading the word about the band. Yet their music speaks well for itself too. This is a traditional sounding blues song; the vocals are soothing and match the composition and the song’s positive mood. The musicians seem to be sharing the same level of discipline, giving them strength in their performance. Neither leads ahead of the other up or shows off individual skills. The balance between vocal and instrumental parts seems to be equal.
"Reality" covers a topic of a happy relationship: "Feel your lips next to mine, Want you with me all the time, Is this real real". The lyrics are short, repetitive and therefore memorable.

When it comes to the musicians' influences, Phil cites The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Manic Street Preachers and Marvin Gaye, while Marco points out some no-less-famous 70s/80s artists including Joni Mitchell, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. "Reality" creates an atmosphere familiar to the music composed by these artists as well. If you like a traditional approach to music, you should definitely check the song out as well as the other compositions from Eureka.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, April 5th, 2013. Proofreading: SanDeE)



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Reviewed by Fabryka Music Magazine