[Zapruder Point // “The Sprint”]

 

At the turn of the millennium, Dan Phillips created Zapruder Point, writing and recording under that alter ego / band name for 17 fruitful years in Chicago.  Now settled in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, he currently performs as an acoustic act, focusing on songs from his forthcoming solo EP — the stark and haunting Stars and Specks. Originally from Cleveland, over the years Dan has shared bills with Bill Fox, Jason Molina, Bowerbirds, Shelley Short, The Rutabega, Anders Parker, Franklin Bruno, Canasta, Scrawl, Whitehorse, Coed Pageant, Flat Duo Jets, Terrible Parade, Earwig, Benjamin Francis Leftwich…and others (just ask him).

As a teenage R.E.M. obsessive, Dan played with his twin brother Scott and childhood friend Greg Eyman in Rotary Ten.  In the mid-90’s they moved to Raleigh and became The Boy Wonder Jinx.  In 1998, cheating on his primary band with a four-track machine led to Zapruder Point’s hushed debut The Limitations of the Source Tape, followed by a move to Chicago and the sprawling watermark of Low Resolution in 2001 (described by Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis as “much too good to remain overlooked and under-heralded”). In the early noughties, after playing bass for short-lived Feelies cover band The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness, Dan snagged husband and wife Tom Millard (drums and vocals) and Casey Riordan-Millard (violin) for sporadic midwest touring and a pair of well-received recordings (Spirit of 91 and It’s Always the Quiet Ones.)

After the trio’s dissolution and during a brief bout of unemployment in 2008, Dan recorded his first Garageband solo album, Soda & SympathyHe then formed an electric version of Zapruder Point with Steve Frisbie (guitar and vocals), John Aselin (bass) and Larry Brown (drums). A successful crowd funding campaign led to 2012’s Zapruder Point Record Club, wherein subscribers were mailed a 7” of new songs every three months (since collected in 2013’s Clicks and Whistles).  Going back to acoustic guitar in 2015 and moving to Cincinnati the following year, Dan now enjoys playing solo, joined occasionally by other Cincy players as he finds them.

Though technically on Facebook and kind of on Twitter, he encourages you to join his email list, as he gets a bang out of writing goofy monthly newsletters. To find out if you like his music, cruise around his Bandcamp page.  For the odds-n-sods side of his output (instrumentals, incidentals, covers, demos and live stuff), check out his Soundcloud page. And of course you can really get a load of this guy on YouTube.