Artist to Watch : Pheller
If you’re a fan of Hot Mulligan or Kayak Jones, you’re going to love Pheller. With songs like ‘Blue Milk’, and ‘The Bottom’, Pheller surely reference pop punk bands of the past, and present while still creating their own unique sound. Self-described as an ‘Emo Skate Band’ and or ‘punk’, Pheller is comprised of Vanessa Marchiano, Dan Chiera, Matthew Piserchio, and Nigel Pierson.
The band’s been together since 2016, and since then have released three albums on Bandcamp, ‘Pups’, ‘Road Cone’, and ‘Redux’, the band is surely making a name for themselves in the pop punk/emo scene.
Although they are musicians first, Pheller show off their artistic creativity, more specifically through their music video for ‘Blue Milk’. In the video, the band uses layers of footage placed atop a green screen to help tell their story. They highlight each band member playing their designated instrument, as well as feature each subject drinking and sometimes spitting out a glass of you guessed it - blue milk. Through making this video, Pheller shows us that not only are they thinking out of the box when it comes to their creative image as a band, but also that they aren’t afraid to just have fun with it. The band has a feel-good sound, that reminds us of our adolescence and could honestly pass off as your friendly neighborhood band.
Pheller were also featured on an Apple Music Podcast back on May 7th called ‘Irregular Rhythm’, run by Shane Santucci. Two songs off the band’s upcoming record were featured at the start of the interview, ‘Wounds’ and ‘Dual Suns’. Throughout the 52 minute podcast, the band talks about the importance of the DIY scene, especially in New Jersey, the start of the band, touring with Save Face (NJ – based band as well) playing Halloween show as Jimmy Eat World, and how they got their name. They also reference a lot of movies and television shows when coming up with song and album titles, and even sampling some audio from Twin Peaks.
Pheller has played shows all across the country, have upcoming shows in NJ this summer, and their next EP ‘No Blood’, just dropped today, so keep an ear out! Pheller is definitely a band to keep on your radar.