Philip Selway Familial LP & CD
Radiohead Drummer Solo Project!
Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.
Philip James Selway is an English musician and songwriter, best known as the
drummer of English alternative rock group Radiohead. He also drums and provides
backing vocals, along with occasional guitar and lead vocals, for 7 Worlds
Collide. He is known for his precision and proficiency in various styles and
unusual time signatures, being named the 26th greatest drummer of all time by
Gigwise in 2008. He has worked with Samaritans since 1991 and toured and
recorded with Neil Finn as part of the 7 Worlds Collide project.
"When you're the same age as the Prime Minister, you think, I'd better get on
with this," Philip Selway grins as he acknowledges the new sea change in
British politics but popularity is generally a passing phase while your first
album-that's forever. Knowing time waits for no one, he has delivered Familial,
a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting, and heartfelt songs that will
surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don't do this kind of
thing. Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a
It's a sideline solo project, mind. The morning he talks about his record for
the very first time, he still has to leave for a rehearsal down the road by an
acclaimed Oxford-based band, named Radiohead, for whom Selway has drummed
immaculately and imaginatively for the last 20 years. And with the admission,
"It's a cardinal sin for drummers to come in to rehearsals with the comment
‘I've got this song'!" he knows the time has come for his songs, put on ice
when drumming took over in his late teens, to emerge into the light.
Listeners to Familial will immediately recognize the ring of absolute truth,
melodies and words fired by emotions, and not a whiff of dilettante posturing.
In truth, what truly ignited Selway's efforts to record wasn't Britain's
political transformation but the loss of his mother in 2006. "It was one of
those watershed moments that shake everything up, and you get a greater sense of
urgency on what you want to do in life," he says.
• 180g Vinyl
• Bonus CD
• Pressed at Record Industry
• Stoughton single-pocket jacket
• Printed inner sleeve
1. By Some Miracle
2. Beyond Reason
3. A Simple Life
4. All Eyes On You
5. Don't Look Down
6. Broken Promises
7. The Ties That Bind Us
8. Patron Saint
10. The Witching Hour