The Music of Shane Philip

Times Review – Revelstoke BC

I’m going to try and sell you something. No, it’s not a reverse-mortgage or a vacuum cleaner. I’m going to sell you a dream. A dream about a man and a guitar. And a didgeridoo. And a kick drum.

A one man band.

Now, I know what you’re thinking to yourself. You’re thinking, I didn’t buy this paper to be sold something, and even if I did … A one man band. Come on. But you’re forgetting two things: first, this paper is fifty per cent advertising; and second, this isn’t just any one man band.

This is Shane Philip.

“Folk, reggae, blues and tribal sounds mix inside his brain, then flow into his vocal chords and fingertips before exploding into the ether,” his press release tells me. And a listen to cuts from his album, Live at Baker Studios, confirms that there is a lot of ‘mixing’, ‘flowing’, and ‘exploding’ going on.

“It touches on many different genres … I call it ‘island soul music’, a category I invented,” said Shane Philip in a phone interview with the Times Review. “It’s not really rock, it’s not reggae. It’s got elements of rock, elements of reggae. Somebody described it as Jack White meets Jack Johnson.”

Maybe the comparison with the two Jacks isn’t apt, but as for the Shane’s music, it’s surprisingly good. Especially given the fact that Shane played every instrument on the album, and that it contains, Shane says, no dubs or loops. A little rough in a few places and very ‘live’, it may be, but the man from Quadra Island seems to know how to lay down a groove. A Revelstoke crowd, he tells me, knows how to react.

“Regardless of my style, people always get up and dance,” said Shane. “The last time I was in Revelstoke, it was a crazy dance-fest. Really.”

“People dance because they really can feel it,” said Shane, promising: “People can expect to be moved. If they’re not going to be dancing outright, up and dancing, then they’ll be dancing in their seats.”

Now, how would you like to pay for your dream? Cash or credit? …

By Brandon Adams