|Years active||2010 - present|
|Members||Trewin Howard, Ed Sanderson, Jeb Hardwick, Tim Douglas, Seryn Burden|
Phoria is a five-piece band from Brighton, England. The band consist of Trewin Howard (vocals), Jeb Hardwick (guitar, visuals), Ed Sanderson (keyboard, vocals), Tim Douglas (bass, synth), and Seryn Burden (Drums).
Phoria released their debut EP Yourself Still in August 2010 as a pay-what-you-want download (available here).
In 2013 the EP Bloodworks was released physically and via iTunes. The hit single 'Red' and accompanying video earned over 100,000 plays on the band's Soundcloud account in only a few days, introducing the band to an international fan community. The EP showed a clear evolution from Yourself Still, introducing elements of electronica and modern pop. Bloodworks was released through London tastemaker label Akira records.
With the attention garnered through the release of Bloodworks and 'Red', Phoria have recently been listed among a number of upcoming acts on several websites' 'Sound of 2014' lists, including respected online magazine Gigwise.
Phoria's origins can be traced to around 1997 when Trewin and Ed started learning cello and violin together at their primary school in Salisbury, a talent that would later lead them to perform in orchestras across the county. At the same time, classmate Jeb Hardwick was taking lessons in classical guitar. When Trewin picked up the guitar and Ed began to play piano, the three of them began their first creative endeavours together. Regular performances and songwriting sessions continued for several years, but the young musicians soon separated for university.
Jeb and Ed both attended the University of Southampton. Ed continued to study music for his degree, specialising in violin and piano. Jeb began a sociology degree, spending much of his spare time experimenting with music software and visual arts, while continuing to play guitar.
Trewin attended the performing arts college at Dartington in Devon, where he started a fine art course before being drawn back to music. His lack of willingness to stick to the curriculum meant that he left without a degree, but was instead armed with over 200 compositions and songs ready to be brought to life, along with an individual voice and the confidence to use it.
When Trewin, Ed, and Jeb were re-united in 2009, they set out to complete the band line-up.
Jeb and Ed had wasted many late nights in the company of a guitarist named Tim Douglas whilst in Southampton. After spells in several bands around the South-West, Tim was keen to move to the vibrant city of Brighton along with his old friends and turn his talents to bass.
Phoria drummer Seryn Burden joined the band in August 2011, having honed his skills at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He played his debut performance at the Playgroup Festival in Kent in the same month. Seryn replaced drummer Ross Crick who left the band in June 2011.
Yourself Still (2010)
The band's first EP Yourself Still was released in 2010 and earned positive reviews across the blogosphere. Popular blog The Sirens Sound reviewed the EP, stating that '[Yourself Still]...carries various musical vibes from cinematic orchestra to post-rock and indie-rock to a stunning pop environment leading the overall outcome of this record to blazed emotion.' Describing Phoria as 'A band you definitely want to keep an eye on.'  Similarly, online alternative music zine InForty.com described the EP as 'A delicate mix of indie and post-rock', continuing: 'Phoria...already boast a sophisticated and polished sound. It’s a mournful one too, but they don’t dwell on it – there’s too much progression and dreamy ambition for that.'
The much anticipated Bloodworks was released through Akira Records in Spring 2013.
Lead single 'Red' hit number 2 in the The Hype Machine blog aggregator charts within only a few days, cementing the track as one of the standout singles of 2013 from a relatively unknown band. With the single released just days before the EP, popular magazine ThisIsFakeDIY said of the track '[It gives] the impression that this here EP's going to be a game-changer. Glossy production is met midway by a startling, intimate style of songwriting, half Youth Lagoon, half something grander and more orchestral.'
The EP was met with glowing reviews. Earmilk.com said of the band: 'they took their unique approach and ran with it, producing a composition where all five songs stand apart as gems. They have created an overall unique experience, with emotion drawn out from the subtle and unweighted vocal approach. Every component seems to build and break down around the traveling vocals and in doing so, they create an almost angelic feeling at times.' Musicbrokemybones described Bloodworks as an '...incredibly captivating record.'
Several tracks from the EP have been licensed to festival-featured European cinema, and Canadian television series Saving Hope.
Phoria draw on a range of musical genres to create their sound. In the days of Yourself Still, chordal guitar figures and often dense instrumentation drew comparisons to such bands as Radiohead, Sigur Rós, and Mew. Popular music blog therecommender.net, when reviewing preview material from the bands then forthcoming Bloodworks EP, wrote 'This...isn’t just reminiscent of Radiohead, this is reminiscent of Radiohead at their best.'  Martin Grech, Cinematic Orchestra, and Elbow are also major influences. The band have more recently been compared favourably to Aphex Twin, Autechre, and James Blake, thanks to their embracing of modern music technology, unusual but dramatic musical sense, and DIY ethos.
When playing live the band employ a dramatic audio/visual show, playing to video backdrops (created by guitarist Jeb Hardwick) whenever possible. Examples of live visuals, videos, and performances can be viewed at the band's Youtube channel.
- Yourself Still (EP) (2010)
- Bloodworks (EP) (2013)
- Display (EP) (June 2014)
- Sirens Sound blog. "Review: Yourself Still". Phoria: Yourself Still. SirensSound. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- InForty.com. "Review: Yourself Still". Phoria: Yourself Still. InForty.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- therecommender.net. "Phoria". 22/8/2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- "Phoria Myspace". www.myspace.com/phoriamusic.