The NBT Review 19 Part Two


Broken Symmetries – Peter Greenstone (independent release)

From Nothing the sounds of the soul journey fade in and out. This music has the pull the mood, the heaviness and the ancient thoughtfulness of the ever shifting sighing tragic dreaming of the ocean. Subdivide swirls and builds, from an almost weary question then making/taking beautiful drama from the otherness of the mathematics that keeps the world glued together.

Iridium Flare talks of space, time and gentle deception, is this a scientist with a broken heart? A cowboy who fell in love with science?

These stories, these mysteries, these elegant intricate songs make magic of sparks and flutters, of the love of buildings for the empty open spaces of wilder forgotten times.

These are mood poems that dare to be intelligent, they are equations structured with sadness and longing.

There is no detachment here though, the sheer quiet deep passion of these very personal notes from an artist, seep through every piano note and orchestral sigh.

Any listener, who is not touched, captivated by the lovely lonely ‘Emmet’ has a heart of stone.

I fell in love with this recording, these songs.

Buy this album and much more at the artist’s website


Tabula Rasa EP – OurAfter (Independent Release)

John Phillips started this turbulent year by writing a blog for NBT about the independent music scene in Pennsylvania, a rare text of promise and optimism and now his band finishes the year with the release of a five song EP that seeks out new sounds while keeping what worked so well in their previous release.

‘Push The Pill’ opens the set and balances an intimate vocal against a swooping heavy power chord structure, never losing touch with the melodic heart of the thing.

The EP is full of pure pop moments, allowing rough edges to slide into the perfect polish, injecting tinges of darker edgier rhythms from indie grunge influences (Envious Eyes) to  the more anthem like sounds of ‘Echo’ that recall Joshua Tree period U2.

The band talks of  a ‘mainstream crossover,’ with this EP, and in the creation of these songs have set their sights high, high in the charts of the indie playlists, on the radios and podcasts across the world.

With a set of memorable melodies and crafted thoughtful production, Tabula Rasa should find their dreams coming true.

Find out more here


Hear  Tracks from both of these albums on the NBT podcast going out on the 28th Nov

The View From OurAfter


An Article by John Phillips 

The Overall Music Scene of U.S.A. and Pennsylvania:

The everlasting effects of technology and corporate America have made the musician (or artist) into the one thing that music itself should never become, a consumer product.   While the modern day musician shares his love and passion for allowing the general public to connect with his music and emotion, the modern day influence of music has been watered down into a senseless product that the general public barely has enough comprehension to understand.  Don’t believe me, watch Rockof Love on VH-1.

The true artists of today are the ones to be discovered through the internet and unsigned channels.   Most of the great artists aren’t given a chance due to the fact that their lyrics aren’t on a sixth grade level for your everyday person to understand, or the music riff isn’t the same thing that has been produced one thousand times already However, some scenes are standing out these days has a very eclectic music scene.  Since I have traveled across the U.S.A performing, I have noticed that Pennsylvania is a state that belongs mostly to the Rock, Metal, and Indie scene.

 The cities that stand out the most are Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area.  The thing that I love the most about the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is that there is an enormous amount of talent of every type that is literally waiting to explode on a national level.   

Some note worthy bands and acts are Panacea, Spitcan, Dr, Horsemachine and the Moneynotes, Tom Graham, The Let Go, The Five Percent, Ashfall, The Drama Club, Cabinet, George Wesley, Clarence Spady, The Swims, Tigers Jaw, and the list goes on and on!

Even though the economy is faltering in some areas, we continue to work harder and strive towards a bigger picture that we have well within our sights. Check out some of the reviews through publications such as and just to see how much we believe in our area.

Being from Scranton, I have always loved where I live.   I have performed in cover groups, original groups, done concert promoting, etc.  I love being actively involved in sharing great things with my community and exposing them to musical cultures that they normally don’t get to see.  Being the president of the Steamtown Original Music Showcase in my area has proved to be a great asset to also building an ever growing awareness of original music in the N.E.P.A. scene.

My band OurAfter has grown to be a massive force in the Alternative Music Scene in N.E.P.A. and I am very proud of that.  We have performed all across the eastern seaboard and will be expanding even more.   This band will be releasing a new CD due out in Oct of 2008.  The band has found itself in it’s identity, music, emotion, and overall character. The fan base is ever growing and the possibilties are limitless.
Welcome to our world.  You should all come visit us sometime.

John Phillips