MattTheSkeletonPhillips Updated


Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, DJ.


***Please note that due to the current coronavirus situation, if you want to meet up to jam in person, that you must be taking social distancing seriously (including wearing masks when you're out around a lot of people) otherwise we'll have to jam and collaborate over Skype or Zoom. I won't risk it just because you personally don't care. I'd still like to make a few more music friends though despite this thing***

Looking for beginner/intermediate level guitarist/drummer/singer friends.

Looking to play in Chicago and regionally in the Midwest (something like 2 shows a month, get together to jam/practice for a few hours 1 day week) and also keep practicing on our own to work on our technical skills.

I'd like to do originals eventually to play out live (notice I said eventually, don't want to get ahead of myself here) but we can definitely hone up our skills/craft with covers and practice together if we get along good (this is honestly my priority first and foremost and should come first before anything else). With that said,I'd like to play out live soon as we're realistically good enough. Also, please no "hey man tryout for my band bullsh*t"; friends first, then band talk). Any project that I'm involved in I want to be able to creativity contribute something towards--not interested in being a hired gun/follower, and course I want cool people that are easy to hang out with.

In an actual band, it would be good if everybody in the band could contribute some way creatively so that it's more of a collaborative thing (bounce ideas around etc) and in other non creative band endeavors (the business side of the band).

I figure you can either wait until you're good enough to start playing with other people, or work on your skills together and reach some goals collectively and get the experience of playing with other musicians. Age isn't that important. It's about similar goals, drive. and good communication.

This would be an opportunity to grow as musicians and hangout and talk music. Perfect abilities aren't necessary (I'm still learning a lot myself!). Working towards improvement is enough, and I'd like to reach the skill level of a thrash/death metal bassist (that's the ultimate goal--still working on the BPM though!).

I'd really like to create a specific vision--something that has a framework to work within, but can still be open to innovation and experimenting, that everyone can excited about, and that we can share with each other and others by creating music, releasing music, and playing some live shows.

I would even be interested in being part of a mostly studio only band (just self releasing albums) and making some cool and unique albums, EPs or songs.

I'm also willing collaborate electronically. I'm straight-edge but it isn't an issue if you have a few beers (just nothing out of control). No "hard drugs"... Mmm.. quotes.

About an hour travel distance would be the max for me.

Doom, Thrash, Black Metal, Death Metal, Punk/Rock (not into metalcore though--just personally not a big fan).

Let's kick some ass and have fun.

Get in touch matthew 91p yah-oo . com


Screen name:
MattTheSkeletonPhillips Updated
Member since:
Oct 03 2015
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Under 10
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:


I like quite a wide range of music styles (not everything, but still enough stuff) such as heavy metal, rock, swing, rockabilly, reggae

Bands I really enjoy listening to include: Abigail Williams, Dimmu Borgir, Of Monsters And Men, Foster The People, Arcade Fire, Lacuna Coil, Acid Witch, Hooded Menace Linkin Park, Metallica, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Green Day, Dethklok, Down,The Cramps,The Birthday Massacre, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Misfits, Ray Charles,Devildriver, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse,Death, Lionize, Motorhead, Royal Crown Revue, Skeleton Witch, Suffocation,Clutch,Creature Feature, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Ghoul, Black Sabbath, Astrud Gilberto, Twenty One Pilots, Elvis,Danzig, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Mushroomhead, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, KoRn, Disturbed, God Module, Job For a Cowboy, Havok,etc.

Other things that I'm interested to help you get a better idea of the type of stuff I'm into: Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Art.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:


Stage presence (I want to kick ass).

All good sounding gear (fretted, and fretless).

Gary Holt Signature Guitar.

Jim Root Strat.

Have solid transportation.

No issues. Don't drink or anything else.

Can also come up with song titles, lyrics, and other conceptual ideas.