“Phil Hyland introduced himself to us at the Dunlap Songwriters Festival this summer and this track is proof that Dunlap musicians participate in genres outside of country. "Too Good" is a pop-centric rock single with intricate layering and expert engineering. We look forward to seeing more of Phil Hyland this autumn.” - SoundCorps SoundsBites
“If typical New York rock isn't your thing - say, you prefer some artistry in your pop - come out tonight!” - Jeff Koyen
— New York Press
artist in Chattanooga TN
Phil Hyland is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, currently living in Chattanooga TN.
Phil writes and records original music with an infusion of Folk, Rock, New Wave and British Invasion. Phil has been compared to Rock artists such as: Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Goo Goo Dolls, Keane and Ryan Adams.
After a brief B movie and TV career with stints in "Everybody Loves Raymond", “Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth”, a CBS Schoolbreak Special and a handful of other TV and stage roles, Phil dove into the acoustic music scene in New York City’s Lower East Village in the early 1990s where he co-founded the band, Girlfriend, with Robin Cryer.
Girlfriend made a name for themselves on the NYC club circuit, opening for major acts such as Howard Jones and performing at A Day in the Garden: Woodstock 1998 and two years performing at Musikfest in Bethlehem PA. Joey Ramone interviewed Phil and Robin after their Woodstock gig on WDST 100.1 FM capping off a live event the pair will never forget.
Midge Ure from Ultravox included their song “Lost Point” on his motion picture soundtrack album, “Went to Coney Island On a Mission from God...be Back by Five” starring Jon Cryer and Ione Skye. Phil Hyland’s music continues to garner worldwide airplay and appears in feature films and on network television.
Phil’s tracks have been produced by WayneOnaBeat & Atreyon (Wavelength Studios in Chattanooga TN), Jon LaCroix, Ryeland Allison (acclaimed composer and Tool producer) and John Morand (Sparklehorse, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven).
Phil’s latest single, “Too Good” is available now everywhere on Apple music, Spotify, Pandora and iTunes!
“Striking the elusive balance between the musically ethereal and emotionally real, Robin Cryer & Phil Hyland aspire to what a modern folk duo should be: gentle, clever, lovelorn, and doomsaying. They float a ghostly accordion and ask all the right questions, like, "Why are there so many more Barbies than Kens?” - Natasha Stovall
— Village Voice
“Led by singer/keyboardist Robin Cryer and guitarist/singer Philip Hyland, this engaging New York pop combo revels in retro kitsch, from the charmingly cornball artwork to the radio-friendly (in the ‘80s) sounds on the disc that recall British smooth-popsters like Swing out Sister, Danny Wilson and Everything But the Girl. Crystalline guitars and light keyboards frame vocal-based arrangements, tastefully embellished by horns, congas and bassist Pemberton Roach’s supple grooves, enveloped in sparklingly bright production that might’ve gotten them on the radio ten or twelve years ago. Despite the cheese factor on the surface, though, the songs and performances are dead earnest, the joyful melodies masking lyrics full of melancholy and romantic disappointment. Even the lyrically upbeat he said/she said pair of songs “This Moment” and “When You Wake” have an edge of dread, of fear that love might not last; only “Little Things” makes no bones about its happy mood. Coupled with memorable melodies and Cryer's lovely vocals, tunes like “Look”, “Tremendous” and “Girlfriend” (which uses a resigned tone to suppress the lyric’s bitterness) form ear candy that will haunt you for days afterwards. An uncommonly good album.” - Michael Toland
— Pop Culture Press