When: Sun., Nov. 23, 9 p.m. 2014
Phil Luna, the main brain of The Please Help, has an extraordinary ear for rhyming couplets on his new and self-titled project debut. Take the video for “What I’m Hoping,” as Luna strolls the sidewalks of downtown, belting out the single’s heavy and exposed chorus. “Right in the middle of a constellation, we don’t need to make it no math equation,” Luna sings, as the high-gain guitars fall down the melody with his scuffed voice. Throughout the 12-song debut, Luna writes dominantly in the couplet form, inspired by love, outer space and bipolar disorder. As a driving force in SA bands like Royal Punisher, Fear Snakeface and Shit City Dreamgirls, Luna could coast on his prior work and still be at the vanguard of SA rock ‘n’ roll. But we’re glad he’s back with the driven power pop of The Please Help.