PHILHARMONGREL are a seven-piece math-rock band from Ireland, boasting two bass players and two drummers. When I say ‘math-rock’ I use that term loosely as I reckon there’s more uniformity and melody about their music than you’d normally expect from a band who has that particular genre thrown at them. Anyway ….
I THINK the reason behind the doubling-up of the rhythm section may be due at least in part to the fact that PHILHARMONGREL originated from two different bands. Band member John McGrath explains:
“In July of 2012 at the height of the Greek economy crisis we set upon a tour of Greece as two separate bands, Kill Goliath and Secrecy Of State. When the opportunity of a recording session was offered in place of some cancelled gigs, due to the unrest at the time, we entered the studio with the aim of writing one song together. SPAGU was conceived with surprisingly great ease, drawing on what was happening around us in Greece and utilizing the skills of all 7 musicians. We agreed to shoot a video on our second day of downtime. Some locals told us about a great location in the mountains, overlooking Athens. The spray paint was bought and the video was shot in haste as the day came to a close and the light failed.”
The following single, ‘Sitting Pretty Are Ugly Things,‘ is the first from the band, and is a taster if you like, for an EP that will be released in the coming months.
Should prove interesting.