Glen Phillips

Singer/songwriter for Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips

Julian Velard

Wed 8.30.17

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

Glen Phillips
Glen Phillips
Glen was for thirteen years frontman and primary songwriter for the multiplatinum-selling alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose hits include “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Good Intentions,” and “Fall Down.” (The band formed in Santa Barbara in 1986—when Glen was sixteen—and signed with Columbia Records two years later.)

After Toad’s breakup, Glen launched his solo career with the 2001 CD Abulum, for which he was praised by Nashville’s Rage Magazine as “one of the premier pop songwriters of his generation.”

In 2003 Glen was commissioned by Titanic director James Cameron to write the song “Departure,” featured in Cameron’s IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss. Glen also performed in 2003 on albums by The Ataris and Sean Watkins.

In 2004 Glen released his collaboration with Grammy winners Nickel Creek under the name “Mutual Admiration Society,” on the Sugar Hill label.

[An] eleven-track marvel … shaded with plenty of subtle nuance that shimmers in all the right places. Phillips’ voice has never sounded better.
—The Music Box

In 2005 Glen released Winter Pays For Summer on Lost Highway Records, with appearances by Jon Brion, Ben Folds, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

Whether they're power pop tunes with catchy choruses or restive waltzes, the songs on Winter Pays for Summer are smart, honest and, ultimately, hopeful. And that's, as one song puts it, ‘a lot to be thankful for.’
—USA Today

In 2006 Phillips released Mr. Lemons on his own Umami label.

After opting for a lush and refined sound on his last record … Phillips spins the production knobs to zero on his third solo record. [Its songs] … are chiefly built around Phillips’ honey-dipped voice and a lonely guitar, throwing a bone to the legion of fans that prefer his lone-man live performances.
—Amazon.com, Editorial Review

In 2008 Glen released his concept album about space travel, Secrets of the New Explorers.

Secrets … is a brilliant piece of music … The songs are beautiful, and the closing track “A Dream” is sparse loveliness at its finest, reminding the listener once more why they came to fall in love with the music of Glen Phillips in the first place.
—HybridMagazine.com

In 2009 Glen released the first album by, and began extensive touring with, his new supergroup: Works Progress Administration (“WPA”). The group is a collaborative which also includes Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & the Attractions), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Luke Bulla (Ricky Skaggs), et al.

The crisp geniality of progressive bluegrass and the polished heartache of modern country both have a home in WPA.
—The New York Times

In praise of the group’s musical diversity and the success of its eclectic lineup of talent, the Washington Post review notes, simply, “WPA is proof there's no solid formula for making the best music.”

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2013 brought the release of “New Constellation,” Toad The Wet Sprocket’s first new studio album in fifteen years, a perfect return to form for a band whose trademark combination of lyricism and brainpower has magicked legions of admirers into truly undying fans.

Older, wiser, and with a newfound hopefulness that wasn't there in their younger days, Toad deliver [in “New Constellation”] an uncluttered and thoughtful next step of their ongoing songcraft.
—AllMusic
Julian Velard
Julian Velard
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan - at least, that's how the old saying goes. But as passionately as we're conditioned to strive for first place in our success-driven world, deep down we all know we're our truest selves when we're confronted with failure. It's a sobering subject, and perhaps not the first you might expect to inform a hook-filled, piano-driven pop album, but Julian Velard isn't your average recording artist. The New York-based singer/songwriter's fifth full-length LP, Fancy Words for Failure , surveys that universal chasm of disappointment with the bemusement reflected in the its title. Suffused with the same musical warmth and melodic sophistication fans have come to expect, the album adds another batch of unforgettable characters to Velard's growing gallery of hangdog rogues - potentially unreliable narrators who cop to professional jealousy, domestic discord, thwarted ambitions, and money woes; who acknowledge their lives are really pretty great, even as they can't help but wonder why that brass ring remains stubbornly out of reach.
Leavening the melancholy strain that runs through the record is the classic songcraft that's earned Velard a devoted cult following (and helped make him an unlikely favorite among pop connoisseurs in the Netherlands). Fans of Billy Joel's early Brill Building eclecticism and Randy Newman's acid wit will hear strong echoes of those traditions in Fancy Words for Failure , which - much like its songs' protagonists - tucks its darkest moments behind a quick joke and a (mostly) sincere smile. As a songwriter, Velard continues to mature, weaving together chord changes that belie the depth of his musical background without ever forgetting the value of a hummable hook.

Title notwithstanding, Fancy Words for Failure finds Julian Velard honing his creative craft while balancing his growing discography against a number of other musical gigs, including a relationship with The Howard Stern Show as the bandleader on the long-running radio hit's wrap-up segment, a guest musician spot on NPR's Ask Me Another , and a jingle-singing sideline that's put his voice in spots for Coca-Cola, Wix.com , Google, and the New York Knicks. Along the way, he's also co-written extensively and landed a number of cuts (including a song on Olly Murs' debut LP) and toured extensively, sharing international stages with a growing list of acts that includes Paul Carrack, Jamie Cullum, Amy MacDonald, José González, and Goldfrapp. Raw and honest, bruised yet hopeful, Velard's latest proves Failure isn't the end - if anything, it sounds like he might just be hitting his stride.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101