In a popular culture overrun with celebrity and an intense focus on privilege and the unnecessary, it's nice to know that there are regular guys you grocery shop next to that want to make extraordinary music. Whether playing music or playing Halo, the bond is what makes Philos electric; contagious even. It's what people want to come back to see, and it's what people outside of it want to be a part of. Using universal truths and positive meanings backed by epic melodies, they craft songs with sincerity. Their hooks are infectious but their thoughtful lyrics demand and deserve multiple listens to appreciate their depth.
It is inevitable that your mind wander to thoughts of your own past when their music hits you. Seeing them live takes you back to childhood basement sessions, only these guys can really play. Something never overheard at a Philos show: "it was good, but they didn't really seem like they wanted to be here." In Philos' minds, connectivity is at the heart of everything they do. Not marketing, not opportunity. Connection, love, and acceptance; empowerment, sharing.
Consider it an intimate relationship with a band that enjoys the ability to do what they do. Moving people... They thrive on the fact that you know what they're thinking, and want you to feel along with them. "If country music is about the story, and pop music is about the feeling, it is Philos' understanding that rock is the fusion of the two.
They exist to give audiences a reason to believe the band is passionate about what they say, and use their stage as a vehicle to help us realize that "we're all in this together." Why Defying Gravity? Defying Gravity is a song that represents a moment of pure transcendent realization. The moment where everything makes sense. Where the fabric of life opens up and you can see all the way through it, to the end result. It's the moment where a person resolves that no matter what lies between them and their dreams, no matter what is unseen or unknown, whatever hardships life brings them, that they will persevere.
They will defy gravity. "Defying gravity is the call of our generation." It is a song that has hit the heart of what Philos has always been trying to say. "You will not bring us down." This generation has been labeled a lot of things: "Generation Y," "The Slacker Generation". This generation has been misunderstood. Although this will be the first generation since the Great Depression that will earn less money than their parents, Philos knows that on a long enough time line there's a currency that is more valuable than dollar signs.
Tenacity, passion, and hope can overcome a multitude of hardships, something Philos has been writing for and about since the very beginning. It's not just about a feeling, but what that feeling can do to motivate thought and action. To make a difference. To find a way. Music is about lifestyle choices, but it goes beyond what band t-shirt you have on or what's in your CD library.
Sure, we all have "guilty pleasures." We all have "our jams".. But the music you keep coming back to is the music that helps you see into life. Peer into what it's really all about. Society has always needed art to help it look at itself.
Philos hopes to make art rock as hard as it possibly can. Familiar, but altogether different. They're not spending their time making sure you know how hot they are in hopes you'll be jealous and buy their record. They're Philos, the guys that listen when you speak, crack jokes when you least expect them, and want you to be as much a part of their music as they are.
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