The Phazes’ new EP Manners is a tasty spin on classic New York rock

The Phazes have been wriggling their way to the forefront of Australia’s band scene since their 2016 debut, and most recently, the five-piece have made serious headway with their latest EP Manners.

Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, The Phazes bring a unique and summery twist to what would otherwise be classic New York rock. They’re like a cocktail with a zesty garnish, and you best believe it’s delicious.

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Manners is a strong EP in its own right; boasting fat hooks and boisterous choruses, weaving surging vocal performances through some damn groovy guitar riffs.

The Phazes deliver a quintessential banquet of searing riffs, stomping beats and huge, sing-along vocal hooks. More importantly though, Manners exposes this band as talented songwriters, sporting the most technical lyrics we’ve had from them so far, and further cementing The Phazes as a force to be reckoned with.

That’s to say, every song on Manners holds its own as a stand alone track. Last year’s groove-laden single Jenny felt like a dance floor burner and melancholic lament all once, juxtaposing personal lyrics with proper pop hooks.

With some really strong singles behind them, The Phazes have received generous airplay from Australian radio. So much so, that triple j’s Liam Stapleton chose them as the subject of his first ever review.

“I wanted to make sure I picked an absolute slapper for my first review. I found one, I’m on you boys!”

Since their debut, The Phazes have grown to become seasoned live performers, with more than a 100 shows under their belt. They’ve got more on the way, and new music in the works too. Keep an eye on them.


Catch The Phazes performing at the Quarrymans Hotel in Sydney on March 30th. You can find all the details here.