phalaphel

phalaphel

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phalaphel (fe la’fel), n. — With influences that range from Sarah Vaughan to the Smashing Pumpkins, phalaphel presents original songs that blend soulful vocals, intricate guitar work, melodic basslines and unique drumming for a sound all their own.

Biography

In a world where understanding requires definition, labeling phalaphel gets a little tricky. Put them in a generic “rock” or “pop” genre, and you lose all the nuances that comprise their sound and set them apart. Taking influences from these two genres—as well as hip-hop, funk, jazz, blues, indie rock, jam, world and punk—the essence of phalaphel’s music goes beyond a simple explanation.

The band’s unique style began to form when Cory Akers and Karen Muehlbauer decided to merge their artistic visions and create original music. Their very first song, "Never Say Goodbye," instantly became a fan favorite. Over a year’s time, the duo explored all-new musical territory with the additions of Jimmy Findlay, Ryan Mach and Mike Hartmann. Together, the band members crafted the distinctive groove rock that is now the phalaphel sound.

After playing reputable venues like Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI, opening for national acts like Will Hoge, and appearing on Fox TV, phalaphel continues to take the music scene by storm. With their roots in Milwaukee, WI, and their debut album being released this spring, phalaphel’s music is bound for so much more.

Please visit phalaphel.com for photos, songs and more information about the band.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Debut album, Situations & Hesitations, mastered by Grammy-winning Trevor Sadler at Mastermind Productions. (Sadler has worked with Nine Inch Nails, Cracker, Guns 'n Roses.)

Received the highest score in a Battle of the Acoustics judged by members of The Gufs and Citizen King. (April 2007)

Lyrics

Never Say Goodbye

Written By: phalaphel

Your smile is all
All I can recall
This hill that we stood upon
Has long since been gone

You took my hand
And led me to this dream
You told me I had things to see
Had the world in front of me

Chorus:
And now you’re fading
Fading out my life
These memories are all I have
But I’ll never say goodbye
Yeah you’re drifting
Drifting from my mind
These memories are all I have
But I’ll never say goodbye

Where we walked
And of everything we talked
My heart, my soul you showed me more
Than I ever knew before

I’ll always know
It’s because of you I’ll grow
To be someone I want to be
To let myself be free

Because you give me
You give me so much hope
To find the peace of mind
The whole world should know
And everything that seemed so true
Now is nothing

Chorus

Now our lives are so far away
From what we had wanted for today
And everything that seemed so true
Now is nothing, nothing without you, no I’m nothing without you…
And I can’t ever say goodbye to you
No, no, I’m nothing without you

Chorus

Life As A Sitcom

Written By: phalaphel

let’s have another round, because laughter is the sound
stories told get better every day
this life is like a sitcom, just sit back and turn us on
you want good times then we’ll show you the way

a random car parked in your spot, so angry is what you got and
you put it in writing on their car
if lipstick is their evidence, then match the kissers we’ve had since
traces of ‘em at the pawn shop with my guitar

across the street’s a naked guy with binoculars he spies
on tenants on the verge of being evicted
our neighbors yelled and all that jazz, but they were not quite as mad
as the piano bar man whose first date we conflicted

acting out and closing in on
what I live for every day
this good show’s on but it’s too bad
there are no second takes, no second takes

we’re drinking coffee that is cold, ‘cause we don’t know it’s old
like our oven that’s in Celcius, you believe
with me there’s more than meets the eye, big things always stuck behind
my eyeball that’s as dry as our sense of humor can be

on him I tried to aim, on you I left a Bloody stain
and also stained the memory of that day
more than at the Brewers game, we brew up trouble all the same
just like our friend who always mixes up our names

heels are high and spirits, too, yeah
let’s go out and put some down
no drama queens at midnight scenes
let’s go out and light up the town

light it up, yeah light it up
you put the glow on this town
push play on the laughing track yeah
crazy situations with no hesitation
living on the fly is how I, how I, how I, how I get by
yeah this is our life, our life, our life, our life, our life, our life as a sitcom… yeah

we turned the taxi cab around and danger is what we found
forgot to turn the irons off
so turn on my grey matter please, the day that we went to Treats
my favorite candy bar in town

give us some volume here
‘cause we’ve got some big ideas
try to clear your minds
slouching down with the volume up
you’re gonna light it up,
yeah, you’ll light it up
so let’s light it up
light up your screens and
light up the skyline and
light up your dreams and
light up your life…
as a sitcom yeah…
yeah, yeah…

Discography

Situations & Hesitations (LP)

Set List

We play almost all original songs along with a few covers, including songs by Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin and Jack Johnson.

Our shows are generally comprised of two sets, both around an hour and a half.