Earlier this week, we formally introduced you to “My First Band,” a new Milwaukee Record podcast in which musicians from bands you know and love talk about their lesser-known early projects. The announcement of the show—which will release a new episode every single Friday—was accompanied with a short clip of our first guest, Jon Phillip, talking about going bowling with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim while he was touring with The Benjamins. Today, we’re ready to debut the entire conversation.
Phillip currently runs Good Land Records and fronts a new band called Mini Meltdowns, but you probably know him better for the decades he’s spent behind a drum kit with bands like Limbeck, The Benjamins, The Obsoletes, and Trapper Schoepp & The Shades. Through the years, he’s also drummed for the likes of Tommy Stinson, Paul Collins, Ben Weasel, and Josh Berwanger. Before playing in any of those projects, however, Phillip was a kid in rural Grafton, Wisconsin, who was developing his craft in unknown bands like Tralfez and Spank Child.
While back in Wisconsin recently, Phillip (who now calls Nashville home) met up with My First Band host Tyler Maas and spoke at length about playing some of his first shows, The Benjamins’ big break on Drive-Thru Records, latching on with Limbeck and Tommy Stinson, camping with Piebald between gigs, and so much more. It’s a long-yet-thorough examination of everything the veteran percussionist has done to this point.
My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Tralfez (“Once In A While”).