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Brian Neil

Bass Player for Japhys Descent

Painting by Deon Doughty

Biography by Mitchell Hillman

Some have said that it takes a great bass player to tie a band together. Nothing could be more true of Brian Neil from Japhy’s Descent. It turns out that he was the last piece in the puzzle needed to redefine and refine the sound of Japhy’s Descent, taking them from a middling bar band to one of the best rock’n’roll bands in town. It was after Neil joined Japhy’s Descent that they truly caught my ear and I have been hooked ever since. It did appear that once Neil joined the band everything just clicked in place and since his arrival they have released the Feedback EP, the double album juggernaut Moon Noon and just now, their masterpiece, Christopher Robin an album based on Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao Of Pooh. He is not only the bass player, he was also the producer of Feedback and Moon Noon as well, which proved to me that he truly shared and understood the vision of Japhy’s Descent, while making it all that it could be and more. The name of the band was inspired by the pinnacle moment in Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bum where Jack Kerouac realizes that anything is possible with the support of the people he surrounded himself with and as Japhy Ryder comes running down the mountain like a billy goat, Kerouac understands he can do the same because he can’t fall off the mountain, Japhy is there with him and there is nothing to fear. “Music works the same way,” Brian said. “When you have muses in your life there is no fear, no reason to be worried.” This sentiment has guided Japhy’s Descent from the beginning and because of that they keep making great records, each one surpassing its predecessor. With each Japhy’s release since Feedback, Neil and I meet at his place to listen to it at tremendous volume through a great sound system, I have no doubt that in a year or two, we’ll be meeting again to listen to the album that surpasses this one. I look forward to that.
Feedback EP Review
Moon Noon Review
Christopher Robin Review

Brian Neil, Bass Player for Japhys Descent
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