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INTERVIEW: The Phryg

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hello Miss”?

Hello Miss is a funk rock epic.  It showcases the full spectrum of styles we are able to achieve as a unit; from a hard-hitting chorus to sections tinges in prog-rock, all oozing in funk.  It will surely take you places.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

This song is inspired by beautiful but dangerous women. A combination that is quite common in NYC.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not for “Hello Miss” but we will be releasing a video for our next single that will be streaming in May called “Turn You Out”.

The single comes off your new album self-titled album – why naming the album after the band?

This is really our initial introduction to the world that truly epitomizes and solidifies our sound and concept. A lot of our favorite artists’ self titled albums are some of their best. This album is The Phryg at it’s best, so we’re proving it by giving this album the title it deserves.

How was the recording and writing process?

All the songs were written before we went into the studio. recording can be a humbling process, but it brought out the best in all of us.

What was it like to work with Mike Gevaza and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Gevaza is great because he is very good at what he does (production/engineering) and also strives to help make the band sound their best without getting in the way of their creativity. He fully immerses himself into the music and actually enjoys doing it, which is always a plus when you have your sound engineer sending you texts about how excited he is about the recording. We met Gevaza through Mike Kirchhofer, (our drummer).  They met doing wedding gigs in 2012 and have been crossing paths ever since.

How much did he get to influence the album?

A lot of Gevaza’s influence on this album was about the overall sound and getting specific qualities in tone. His natural engineering style was exactly what we wanted, which is why we wanted to work with him in the first place. Musically most of our ideas were brought in by the band, but there are always times when an outside ear as good as Gevaza’s comes in handy.

Did NYC influence this record in any way?

Yes, we have been based in NYC since our inception, and being able to absorb the plurality of music in NYC we have more than anything been reminded that we must always be on top of our game.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

For Hello Miss the lyrical content was inspired by fast women, sarcasm and alcohol.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re constantly on the road. We just played Hemlock Groove 5, a festival in central PA. We will be touring all over the east coast and beyond in support of our album’s release this summer. Some festivals we’re playing at include Backwoods Music Festival and Bless the Woods. We would like to get to the point where we are on the road all the time.

What else is happening next in The Phryg’s world?

We are constantly writing music, booking familiar places as well as reaching out to new territories, making music videos, designing new art for merchandise, getting new photos, etc. There are always a million things to do and we’re constantly doing them.


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