The cognitive dissonance caused by a society that tells its children to “follow their dreams” through messages in films, literature, etc. and then punishes them for not choosing safe, money making careers in adulthood is fascinating, to say the least
Listening to the bright, effervescent tunes of Phin feels as if you’re walking down into a basement show illuminated by Christmas lights and filled with your best friends. These indie rockers strike the perfect balance between anthemic and intimate. You can check out Phin’s The Killers EP streaming below.
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Toby Haydel- Vocals/synth [answering]
Chauncey Arner-Lead Guitar
Cody Garrow-Rythm Guitar
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Preston, Graham, and I are all from Hermitage, TN. Cody Garrow is from Columbia, TN. Chauncey and Cobey are both from Atlanta, GA.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
A couple of years ago, I wrote a handful of songs which became Those Killers EP. I would make demos of the songs in Garageband using the keys on my laptop as a MIDI controller because I didn’t have/know how to play any instruments. I would show them to my friends whenever they were finished and Cody (guitar) suggested that we take the songs into a real studio because his friend Grayson Proctor (Vinyl Thief) would love to produce them. I had never even thought of doing that, but it sounded like it would be tons of fun. So from that point on, I was constantly searching for people to form the band. Graham (bass) and Preston (keys/synth) were there from the beginning because we grew up together, and I met Cody, Cobey, and Chauncey at Trevecca Nazarene University where we quickly became best friends. We started playing as a band in May of 2013, so it has been a little over a year.
How have you grown since you started?
Since we started, we have definitely grown to appreciate the experiences that we have all shared as well as the people who have supported us. Being able to look back and remember all the stories that we have to tell, even after only a year, is something that helps hold us together as a band.
What sets you apart from other bands?
Every artist/band has a list of influences and inspirations that make up what he/she/they are trying to portray to their audience, but no one has the same exact influences and inspirations as us. Each of us blend our influences and inspirations together creating something that no one can duplicate simply because they could never know everything that we have experienced, much less apply it to their art.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The best part about being in Phin is being able to communicate with people all over the world with our music. We want to be able to reach as many people as possible and anytime we get the chance to is incredible!