Phoul Phill andt Guill is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio formed in 2010, consisting of Phill Phoul (guitar/vocals), Guill Phoul (vocals), Van Blarph (bass/backing vocals), John Kuber (guitar/keyboards/backing vocals), and Buddy Buttsteaks (drums). The group's music approaches topics of extreme culture and taboos, such as pornography, ageism, drug usage, and suicide cults, against a musical backdrop of glam, country, latin, rock and pop stylings.
Phoul Phill andt Guill uses a self-induced mantra of "Unique, yet, Familiar" when crafting a music style they call, TransGenre. Utilizing a two-guitar attack, melody heavy bass lines and a wide range of vocal/percussive dynamics, the music culminates from the backwash of sounds associated with the less publicized facets of life. It tells melodic stories of characters experiencing three stages of profound situations - 1. Intrigue spurring confusion, 2. Acceptance eroding doubt, 3. Decisiveness arousing enlightenment.
The band was founded by Phill and Guill, after writing a handful of songs in the midst of a severe summer boredom. The duo then recorded a 10 song, self-titled album of simplistic grandiosity using vocals, guitars, Casio keyboard factory drumbeats/original synth parts, along with a friend, Derrick Fisher, playing bass. Wanting to play live and increase the scope of the sound, Phill (nee Tony Alexander) and Guill (nee Joseph Adkins) recruited Buddy Buttsteaks (nee Kevin Adkins) and John Kuber (nee John Williams) in 2011, before completing the current line up with Van Blarph (nee Robert Weil) in 2012. After sometime of practice and various live performances (described as watching, “like a more touchy, feely, theatrical Jello Biafra with a backing band of Television, Captain Beefheart, and Bowie” by Shawn Abnoxious on his Thwart! Blog), the band completed recording their first EP in the summer of 2015.
The band's influences include, but are not limited to, Led Zeppelin, T. Rex, Ween, Flo & Eddie, Queens of the Stone Age, the Beach Boys, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, the Strokes, Fleetwood Mac/Lindsey Buckingham, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart, Journey, Nirvana, the Velvet Underground, CCR, the Misfits, Phil Collins/Genesis, Ariel Pink, Television and Tears for Fears.