Phono's influences are rooted in the musical genius of artists like Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Aphex Twin, The Beatles, Depeche Mode, Enigma, 80's era bands and so on. 'My music is about my life, my past lives, and about the life I have yet to live.' says front man Joe Ashton. Phono's industrial beats, instrumentation and harmonic vocal melodies create contrasts that express dynamic emotional qualities. Phono creates music with the intention of taking the listener on an emotional journey. Phono was formed as the brain child of one man Joe 'Phono' Ashton. Very young learning all the instruments he could get his hands on, he excelled in music. In 2002 'Dementia' Phono's first album release rocked Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. 'The album was a journey into the depths of my life experiences at that moment.' Says front man Joe Ashton. 'It was a very dark place, with fragments of happiness popping up here and there.' Fast forward to 2005, Phono's newest cathartic creation 'The Changeover' is completed and can be purchased from CD Baby NOW!!! 'This album is going to change people's lives, the passion and emotion of this incredible journey into the processes and dowfalls of life will seriously F*** YOU UP!' The Changeover is sure to please with it's many genre's twisting through an ever so familiar Phono structure. The incredibly orchestral 'Will I Alone Be To Afraid' to the heavy destructive influence of 'Drinks and Drugs', and the poppy 'Hyper Catcha Goo Goo.' What's a hyper cathca goo goo? I guess you have to get the album to find out.
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