Wisconsin-native Jon Phillip is no stranger to Milwaukee. He spent two decades here as a working musician, performing with a variety of groups in the area. He co-founded a record label based in Milwaukee, called The Good Land (a reference to Alice Cooper's line in Wayne's World).
And although Phillip now lives in Nashville, Tenn., he and his band Mini Meltdowns have returned to the area to celebrate the release of their first EP, Destined for Disaster. The songs featured on the EP (like "I Wanna Die" and "Gonna Miss You") are reflections on a very rough year for Phillip. His father was diagnosed with a rare cancer and passed away, Phillip experienced his own health problems, and he had a couple close relationships that soured.
And he says that while writing this album was cathartic, it was also a very emotionally draining process.
"I'm working on this song for like three weeks, and I’m thinking about nothing but losing my dad. But at the same time, I guess that’s not a bad thing because you have to face those problems head on and not hide your feelings," he explains.
Mini Meltdowns will be at X-Ray in Cudahy for the release of their first EP Destined for Disaster on Friday.