Origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Punk rock, Skate Punk, Melodic Hardcore
Years active: 2001–2008
2003 More Haste More Speed (mini-album) Deck Cheese
2005 The Feeling Something’s Wrong Deck Cheese
2007 (UK) Brighton Rock Fond of Life/Winged Skull (Europe)
Fond of Life/Plastic Head (UK)
2007 Seek Out Your Foes… And Make Them Sorry Fond of Life (Europe)
Small Town Records (UK)
Phinius Gage were an established UK underground skate punk/melodic hardcore band who started up in 2002 and were active until 2008. They were well known for their punishing touring schedule and are generally considered to have been one of the finest skate punk bands to come from the UK. They have suggested a 2014 reformation with new re-releases and social media pages. Their whole back catalogue is currently up for free download on their Bandcamp page.
Members have gone on to form many other bands, including Lay It On The Line. Mike Scott has also had a solo career since the band ended.
They played over 500 shows in their existence, touring with many bands including Streetlight Manifesto, spunge, Whitmore, Flood Of Red, Reuben, RedLightsFlash, Ten Foot Pole, Farse, 4Ft Fingers and many others. They released debut mini LP More Haste More Speed in 2003 on Deck Cheese Records – and their first full length, The Feeling Somethings Wrong on the same label in 2005.
Signing to Fond of Life Records in Germany, the band released a compilation of old and new tracks in 2006 entitled Brighton Rock, which included the band’s only single, Brighton Rock, the video for which received airplay on MTV2 and Scuzz. The band then released their final album in 2007, Seek Out Your Foes, which is generally considered the band’s best work. It made Kerrang’s ‘Best Albums Of 2007’ list. However, the band split suddenly soon after.
Members have gone on to form many other bands, including Lay It On The Line. Mike has had a solo career since too.
Phinius Gage are named after a science textbook case study called Phineas Gage, an 1840s railway worker who had an unfortunate incident with a sharp object and lost part of his brain. The story is often used in psychology lessons.
Master copies of The Feeling Something’s Wrong album were printed with a photo of the band’s Producer at 811 Studios, Sussex wielding a baseball bat called The Persuader in front of the mixing desk.
The studio space during the recordings of Seek Out Your Foes had only one chair in the entire building.
In the song Sick Mick (from More Haste More Speed), a can of warm beer was opened at the beginning and fully drunk by the end.
Phinius Gage plays fast, melodic hardcore music in the style of Pennywise, Strung Out, Consumed, Rise Against, and other bands of the SoCal description from record labels including Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph.