Singled Out: The Phryg's Hello Miss

The Phryg

Brooklyn progressive funk band The Phryg are preparing to release their debut album next month and to celebrate we asked Collin Patierno (guitar and vocals) to tell us about the lead single "Hello Miss". Here is the story:

This song is inspired by beautiful but dangerous women. Living in New York City for 12 years, I can attest to that fact that meeting new people in a metropolis can be an exciting but daunting task. Living in a dense city, you are constantly crossing paths with new people and it can be tempting to strike up a conversation with every gorgeous woman you encounter. That being said, the chaotic nature of living and working here doesn't always lend itself to forming new relationships and often times the opportunity is missed or the connection lost. The lyrical content is not specific to a particular relationship but rather an ode to those "lust at first sight" connections that start hot and heavy then quickly fade away.

Compositionally this tune started out like most that I write, as a riff or melody that gets stuck in my head. Sometimes the entire song comes to me quickly, but this one like most formed over the course of a few months repeating and constantly revising itself in my brain. When we first started fleshing out sections of the tune as a band; it was very much a work in progress and there were no lyrics at all. This was also the first time writing for the group as a quartet as we had just acquired our insanely talented keyboard player. What unfolded in the rehearsals was an exploration in texture and timbre that eventually led to what you hear in the final song. I'm fortunate enough to make music alongside three very adept and accomplished musicians so scrutinizing and rehashing ideas is something we do until that moment of epiphany when everything clicks.

I struggled quite a bit writing the lyrics for this song. The style and sound I wanted were clear to me but it was a challenge finding the right word-play. I wanted to depict a story that could evoke all those feelings associated with a new romance while still complimenting the heavy/funky nature of the music. "Hello Miss" is now one of our favorite songs to play live and is the lead single off our debut album being released in July. Be on the lookout for the music video coming out next month!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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