The Philharmonic

The Philharmonic

BandAlternativePunk

"Like late-period Beatles, only fucked up." - John "Buck Cherry" Armstrong, The Modernettes, author "Guilty of Everything" (New Star Books)

Biography

THE PHILHARMONIC (f.k.a. Epoxy Ruin) debuted with a NewMusicWest 2002 Festival showcase, a nation-wide broadcast of their song "Grety Don’t Know" following shortly thereafter on CBC Radio3.

Spring 2003 saw the group solidify their line-up with Dom’s arrival, and by summer they recorded their debut album, “Epoxy Ruin,” in upstate New York, mixed by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields), and mastered by Gene Paul (John Coltrane, Jim Carroll). Constantly writing, the group recorded "Unmastered/Play Loud" EP with engineer Scott Ternan (Sam Roberts, Hot Hot Heat) in March 2004, on the eve of which the WESTENDER remarked the group had "energy and enthusiasm to spare." That energy brings new converts with every performance. The group even dabbled in film, collaborating on an eye-catching video for debut lead-off track "Acerbic" with director Ryan Gander (Counterpoint Films). Ryan has since enhanced the stage show with equally stunning punk/pop-art visuals, while “Acerbic” itself has been added to the MuchMusic playlist, as featured on "The Wedge" and "Going Coastal," as well as in the 3rd annual Independent Music Video Festival (Cinestir/Rumbletone Productions). The group also recently performed at Wake West 2004 alongside The Tea Party and Limblifter.

THE PHILHARMONIC is focused on being a true career band. Having yet barely scratched the surface, with touring and further recording imminent, as well as a new video for “Monkey” produced by Greg Milton (New Pornographers), they’ll prove a strong force.

Lyrics

Monkey

Written By: Adam Sabla

It's a spoon-fed generation, and their bibs are lousy with meal
It seems it ain't nothin' fashion can't conceal
Unaware of where you're standing, as destiny vies overhead
You got your head full of the talk that the boss man said

You double-back fast, ain't no logic to their contradictory tales (I'm on my own)
Ain't no use in fighting if you're bound to fail
But stepping lightly, you're accustomed, get on the short bus without a glare (I'm on my own)
I see you sittin' there, thinking "ain't life fair?"

Pre-chorus:
With every weathered door I'm shouldering through
So I can go home and wander, I'm free, you come 'round again to badger me

Chorus:
You gotta get that monkey off your back
With your best foot forward, you're on the attack
And if they got something to say about that
Well, fuck 'em

So you say you think you're able-bodied, you think your mind's be working well (I'm on my own)
Think they got you unexpected, ring the k.o. bell
Well, has it sunk in, what I'm saying? Do I have to tell you once again? (I'm on my own)
It seems a visual aid would help stipend

With every weathered door I'm shouldering through
So I can go home and wander, I'm free, you come 'round again to badger me

Pre-chorus
Chorus (repeat)

It's a spoon-fed generation, and their bibs are lousy with meal
It seems it ain't nothin' fashion can't conceal

ESC.

Written By: Katy Horsley

Ways to while
Tranquilized
Wash me away
You say what sounds nice

Pre-chorus:
I don't want to think
I just want to sink

Chorus:
Pull me into the warmth
Pull me into the warmth
Pull me into the wave...

Roll the wave
Down we play
Where there are no sides
And light meets the shade

Pre-chorus
Chorus

Shadows will dance this room
Reflections come too

Chorus

Acerbic

Written By: Katy Horsley, Adam Sabla

Repellant, acerbic
Going off at the mouth
Stringent in his strife

Chorus:
Don't hover over me
Don't it occur to you
You're a walking offence and I...

Irritant, erupted
He been acting tall again
He can't discern where truth begins or where it ends

Chorus

Just who is that in his head
Tugging nerves 'til he sees red

Borderline sympathy
You only know what you're taught
Beaten, hammered, wrought

Chorus

Discography

Unmastered/Play Loud EP - Independent 2004
Epoxy Ruin - Independent 2003

Set List

A Prison in Still-Life
Incomplete
Every
The Hand That Fed Me
Oh No!
ESC.
Monkey
Reconnaissance
Gentrification
Better and Better
The Little Things
Acerbic