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Phil Gardner
NEWS   Hello! Aren't pop-up windows great? There's no news to speak of, but you could always visit my website at http://www.philgardner.net/ to see what I'm up to.
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play hi-fi  I Don't Want to Sleep
play hi-fi  Goodbye
play hi-fi  She Could Shock You Now
play hi-fi  Back Again
play hi-fi  Over the Railway Tracks
play hi-fi  It's You
play hi-fi  Gone Away
play hi-fi  Weekend Souvenir
play hi-fi  For Me, This is Me
play hi-fi  So Long Ago
The band 'Phil Gardner' was formed from a collection of cells and regressive genes which burst forth from my mother's womb in 1973. I didn't pick up a guitar until almost 18 years later, by which time I was already playing drums in a couple of bands, both of which sank without trace, despite having that most important of qualities - a cool name. I turned to singing and songwriting, only to discover I couldn't get a tune out of my drums to accompany myself. Hence the shift towards guitar.

I started seriously writing songs in 1993. Ten years later I find myself in the inexplicable position of not being a worldwide music phenomenon.

By day I'm a writer of plays, films and comedy scripts. By night I'm asleep. But somewhere in the middle I still find time to write the occasional song, which I insist on recording in my living room with a battered old microphone, in an attempt to keep it real.
Why this name?
It was chosen for me by a select panel of music industry experts, consisting mainly of my parents. They have a lot to answer for.
Do you play live?
I play live almost every day in my living room, in front of a specially invited audience made up, primarily, of my two cats. I've also been known to play in public from time to time. Until people tell me to stop.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It enables sad people with little talent to find an audience. Oh no, sorry, that's the major record labels I'm thinking of. The internet... hmmm... well I suppose it provides people like me with somewhere to look at pictures of themselves. Which can only be a good thing.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Hmmm... let me think about that... yes.
Your influences?
Martyn Joseph, Neil Finn, The Senators.
Anything else...?
I love you all.