Philo-san (fye-low sahn) emerges from suburban Detroit playing an eclectic style of original retro-rock. The members of Philo-san may have very diverse influences but they come together to create danceable songs in genres including rock, pop, reggae, swing, rockabilly, and surf. Although the band strives to create its own sound, there remains a sense of familiarity among those who have experienced their music. With funky basslines and versatile drumming forming the foundation, quirky guitar licks and soaring melodies cap off the sound that is redefining Detroit Rock.
Forming in out of life-long friendships, members of Philo-san have now become committed musicians as well. Growing up together, bassist Mike Boettner, guitarist Ralph Mangeno, and drummer Tim Cooper have witnessed each others progression first hand.
Creating, learning, and performing together, members of Philo-san are constantly pushing themselves and crafting new sounds. With a solid set of original songs completed and an abundance of new material in the making, the band is now looking to take their show on the road to bigger and better things.
In February 2007, Philo-san released their debut album, Mind Over Manners, featuring eleven original songs. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning!
2003-2004: Philo-san plays together for the first time, writing instrumental tunes
2005: After adding vocals, the band begins to play local shows and releases a 5 song E.P.
2006: Philo-san hits the studio, recording 11 original songs
2007: Philo-san releases the full-length album, "Mind Over Manners"
We play a lot of shows in and around Detroit, MI. Hopefully our new CD will give us the chance to tour nationally or even internationally.
311, Weezer, The Reverend Horton Heat, Queens of the Stone Age, Bob Marley, Puller, The Who, The Pixies, Gomez, Lightning Bolt, Interpol
Ralph Mangeno - Schecter Guitars, Fender Amps
Mike Boettner - Ibanez Basses, Ampeg Amps
Tim Cooper - Eames Drums, Vater Sticks, Yamaha hardware