For a lot of guys, being in a band is like being in a family. For Boldface, the band is family. Bassist/guitarist Jay Phillips and drummer Wolfie Phillips could easily have the kind of contentious relationship that afflicts some band brothers. And with the lineup rounded out by their cousins — Edouard Bullock on lead vocals/guitar/bass and Gary Ruble on guitar — the potential for long suppressed familial tensions to flare up in the pressurized atmosphere of a contemporary Rock band could certainly be heightened.
The quartet is such a tightly knit and organic unit that no one really remembers whose idea it was to play together when their bands dissolved a year and a half ago. Almost effortlessly, the brothers and their cousins turned their family reunion jams and occasional musical get-togethers into an actual band.
That ease of creation is evident on Boldface’s debut CD, Art in Heaven (available for the moment at gigs), a visceral combination of Post Punk energy and Pop melodicism. When Bullock namechecks The Beatles and Nirvana as major influences, it’s not at all hard to connect those dots with Art in Heaven as a guide.
They play the Underground in Fairfield. Read Brian Baker's interview and profile of the band here.