Dave Phillips
Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

About Dave Phillips

This artist makes more noise than all existing performers named Dave Phillips combined -- not as the result of some sort of decibel competition, but simply because that is what is expected in the noisy realm of so-called industrial music. He often records for the revolutionary Tochnit Aleph imprint, defying expectations of record releases in appearance as well as sound. The Phillips discography includes Live Aktion, a mini-CD tiny enough to fit inside a shirt pocket, if not a pack of cigarettes, while other releases on Tochnit Aleph advertise stimulating packaging including a "hand-made cover with plaster, safety-pin and beer-bottle cap."
Phillips is a founding member of the Fear of God band, active between 1986 and 1988. He began performing under his own name near the end of this period and was also involved in presenting some of the earliest appearances of noise bands such as Napalm Death in the land of chocolate and coo-coo clocks, Switzerland. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe, described as "a collective of bruitists and performers dealing with psychophysical tests and trainings," which must beat being a Top 40 cover band by a longshot. Phillips later was a member of the performing group Ohne, also featuring the relentlessly obnoxious Tom Smith of To Live and Shave in LA. Speaking of obnoxious, Phillips could be the only performer with a publicity shot of himself vomiting. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

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