Philip Price / Winterpills

Philip Price / Winterpills

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Haunting, delicate, dynamic. Room-hushingly beautiful. Aching melodies, acid lyrics. Elliott Smith, Cat Stevens, X, and the Innocence Mission all get drunk and fall asleep in Joni Mitchell's backyard. Can you deal? Performs solo, or with Flora Reed, or the entire Winterpills.

Biography

Winterpills is a band that plays the songs of acclaimed and diverse songwriter-singer Philip (power-pop: The Maggies; alt-country: Gay Potatoes; lo-fi teenage-bedroom-balladeering: Feet Wet; avant-punk-pop: Memorial Garage). Winterpills formed late in 2003 after Philip and Dennis Crommett (Spanish for Hitchhiking) had played numerous acoustical shows together and a certain Paul-and-Art comraderie evolved. Shortly after that, Dave Hower (Spanish for Hitchhiking, the Fucking Sparklies, the Neilds) also joined. Then in mid-winter 2004, dark weeks of late-night living room sessions playing cover songs with singer-songwriter Flora Reed yeilded the idea of her joining the band.

The idea has been to take the simple, stark arrangements of Philip's newer quieter & softer songs, and gently expand upon them. The chords, melodies and words should be touched as lightly as possible. No grandstanding, less rigid arrangements.

Philip -- either solo, with Flora Reed and also with the full band -- plays frequently in and around their musically diverse and beautiful hometown, Northampton, MA, (home to members of Sonic Youth, Fountains of Wayne, Dinosaur Jr., Ware River Club, Spouse, Pernice Brothers, as well as singer-songwriters like Lloyd Cole, Thane Thomsen, Henning Ohlenbush), as well as regionally (Boston, NYC, Portland, ME).

some stats:

• featured artist on WXPN's "World Cafe Next"

• featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Dec. 18, 2005

• Charted at #39 on CMJ for 2005

• a “Most Requested” band on XM Radio’s The Loft

• Performances on syndicated radio shows “World Cafe” and “Mountain Stage”

• Top 100 on iTunes and Amazon

• WFUV, WXPN, WYEP, WDET, WFPK, WRSI, WERU, WUMB, WHRV, WUKY, WBJB, WNCW, WYSO, KCRW,KXCI, KUT, KNBA, KRCL, KCMP, KEXP, KUNC, XM, Maine Public Radio, World Café, Acoustic Café and many more.

They've payed with such notable artists as Erin Mckeown, The Mountain Goats, The Malarkies, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Martha Wainwright, Chocolate Genius, Matthew Hebert (Ware River Club), Donna the Buffalo, many others.

Lyrics

Cranky

Written By: Philip Price

all i know is that i'm true
to every single one of you
the best that i know how to do
i'm lost, lost.

cranky is a friend of mine
she puts away a glass of wine
faster than the columbine
falls off in frost.

so tell me cranky
what do i do?
what do i do?
there's miles more heartache
yet to go through.

how do you get rid of love
when it's painted on you like a glove
and you're really not deserving of
it's grace?

cranky's got somewhere to go
probably leaving with the coming snow
somewhere south of Idaho
i'll miss her face.

so tell me cranky
what do i do?
what do i do?
there's miles more heartache
yet to go through.

how do you get rid of love?
how do you get rid of love?
how do you get rid of love?
you don't. you've lost.

cranky is a friend of mine
she puts away a glass of wine
faster than the columbine
falls off in frost.

Threshing Machine

Written By: Philip Price

We took a picture together
We held the camera in front of us
Your arm was cutting right into the frame
Your smile was for both of us

Something about the way we looked that day
Caught in the act of trying to look away
From the sight of our hands caught in this threshing machine
Do you feel like you’ve seen anything,
Ever, at all?

We took a walk on the dykes
And walked by the proscenium arches
Paused at the mouth of a rabbit hole
Stared down and wondered how far did it go

Something about the way we talked that day
Caught in the act of trying to look away
From the sight of our hands caught in this threshing machine
Do you feel like you’ve felt anything,
Ever, at all?

Try to imagine us in a house
Try to imagine us in a car
Try to imagine us staying alive
And not just hiding away in this bar

Something about the way you looked today
Caught in the act of trying to look away
From the sight of your hands caught in this threshing machine
Do you feel like you’ve done anything,
Ever, at all?
Do you feel like you’ve said anything,
Ever, at all?

Letter to a Friend in Jail

Written By: Philip Price

can you see this hotel from your cell?
can you sleep and do they feed you well?
it's been months since i've had any word.
on the only tape of you i have
your speech is slurred.

here's some news for you from the outside:
everyone's gone blind from trying to hide.
the vintage arcade's been hauled away.
it looks more and more like a prison everyday.

ah, letter to a friend in jail.

the warden can't forgive our midnight kiss.
he doesn't know its me that's sending this.
there's a file baked into this tart
but it won't cut through the cell bars in your heart

you didn't have to confess all of it.
you could've held onto the costly bits.
of your crime, i still have not been swayed
i think you're the only one who's been betrayed.

ah, letter to a friend in jail.

if you want me to, i'll wait for you.
if you ask me to, i'll wait for you.
if you don't, i'll walk my silent mile.
i'm so damaged by what came out at the trial.

ah, letter to a friend in jail.
ah, letter to a friend in jail.
ah, letter to a friend in jail.

Discography

Winterpills debut album came out Nov. 8th nationally on Signature Sounds/Soft Alarm. It will be released in Europe via Rounder on Feb. 7th, 2006.

discography:
Winterpills -- self-titled debut. Signature Sounds/ Soft Alarm

Philip solo:
(2002) 13 Songs for Right Now - Listen Here Records
(2003) Honey In The Chemicals - Listen Here Records

Philip's releases with his previous band The Maggies are:
(2002) Robot Stories
(2001) Breakfast at Brelreck's
(2000) Cryptic Valentine
(1998) Homesick

Out of print releases by Feet Wet are:
(1995) Harpies
(1994) Roped
(1992) Show & Tell
(1992) Tender Skelter
(1991) E
(1991) True Moisture
(1990) Goodbye Bambi Manor

Set List

(as of january 2006)
either solo, with Flora Reed or with the Winterpills

1. Cranky
2. Letter to a Friend in Jail
3. Pills for Sara
4. Threshing Machine
5. Want the Want
6. Everbody Gets High
7. Found Weekend
8. Heart
9. You Don't Live Long Enough
10. Laughing
11. Portrait (Honey in the Chemicals)
12. Purple Pitchers
13. Lay Your Heartbreak
14. I Believe You More
15. Aspartame
16. A Benediction
17. July
18. Burning Hearts (My Favorite cover)
19. Man Down
20. Lay Your Heartbreak
21. The Sleeping Man

sets can be short or long depending on venue's preference. no big ego trips in that department.