Press Release

Experimental post-hardcore triumvirate PHILM have announced the live debut of their new line-up featuring Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE) on vocals and guitar, Pancho Tomaselli (WAR, Project N-Fidelikah) on bass, and Anderson Quintero on drums. The Grammy winning Venezuelan-born Quintero replaces co-founder Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) who left in early 2016. The band will appear at the Ultimate Jam Night at West Hollywood’s famous Whisky A Go-Go on Tuesday, September 20. 

States Nestler: “Well, what can I say - the reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. I think the quote from Dave (Lombardo) back in January was, “I did not exit Philm, I ended Philm.” Well, Pancho and I decided to carry on without him, just like the original PHILM carried on without Dave and released an album, albeit under a different name, "Kkleq Muzzil" in 2002. So, no, PHILM is not over – we are alive and kicking! Not only did we hook up with our new drummer Anderson Quintero a few months back, we just finished tracking a new album which is in the final stages of being mixed. No definite release date yet but we’re talking to labels. Anderson is an amazing drummer and has rejuvenated PHILM and given us a new perspective as a band. In fact, we’re heading off to the East Coast at the end of this month and will be based in the New York / New England area from now on. So this gig at the Whisky will be our LA farewell and last West Coast show for the time being.”

The origins of PHILM go back to the late 90’s when the CIVIL DEFIANCE duo of Gerry Nestler and Juan Perez teamed up with Dave Lombardo, then a member of GRIP INC.. The trio recorded demos and played shows around L.A. before Lombardo got the call to rejoin SLAYER in 2002. Nestler and Lombardo re-connected in late 2009 and decided to reform PHILM, adding bassist Pancho Tomaselli to complete the line-up. They subsequently signed with Mike Patton’s label, Ipecac Records, for the release of their 2012 debut album, ‘Harmonic’. The follow-up, ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’, was issued in the fall of 2014 via Germany’s UDR Records. 

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