In a suburb of Atlanta, two friends have been quietly making meaningful music for the last decade. Michael Minkoff (lyricist/producer) and Phil Hodges (composer/multi-instrumentalist) team up to form the band Physick, and this last Sunday (Valentines Day), they released their 3rd career album All The Days (streaming now on Spotify). These new songs showcase an artful response to the value of marriage… and harken back to duos like Simon & Garfunkel or Harrod & Funck. Here’s our conversation we just had with the band this week:
UTR: How did Physick form as a band?
Phil: Michael and I basically grew up together, attending the same church and graduating in the same ultra-small class of six from our church’s private school. We lost touch after high school, but reconnected in 2009 or so, after we had both been married a few years.
Michael: I had always been intimidated by Phil in high school because he was the guy flawlessly churning through Bach on a classical while the rest of us were hacking away on Smells Like Teen Spirit. Years after graduation, our wives were dancing at some club in Atlanta, so, naturally, we were sitting outside the club enjoying the relative quiet. Phil told me he had written dozens of songs, but hadn’t recorded anything and wasn’t playing with anyone. So I sheepishly asked if he might want to record them with me. And he nonchalantly agreed to try.
Phil: So I showed Michael some songs I had written on piano and guitar, and he helped me understand in the nicest way possible how the lyrics I had come up with were not good. I was writing these vague, almost completely random words that may have sounded good with the melodies I had come up with, but they didn’t really mean anything. His approach to writing lyrics was and is much more deliberate. We decided that I could focus on writing music, and he could focus on writing lyrics.
Michael: And we’ve been doing that for more than ten years now.