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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Recording artists Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips, James “JY” Young, Todd Sucherman, Chuck Panozzo and Tommy Shaw of Styx perform during a two-act concert at The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on January 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Styx is working on new music during the pandemic

By: Saige Miller

Styx is making the most out of their quarantine. Both groups are taking time during isolation to create new music.

Bassist Ricky Phillips of Styx shared how the band is making long-distance work during a Zoom interview with radio personality Chasta.

Phillips is working out of a studio in Texas. “I’m down here doing a lot of work, writing bass parts for stuff as Tommy Shaw sends it to me,” Phillips said.  “He’s [Tommy Shaw] writing and working in Nashville where he lives, and then he sends me stuff here.”

Phillips described the sound of the new tunes as  “a lot of proggy stuff and a lot of odd signatures, but you never feel like you’re in a music theory class. It’s done in a very friendly way.”

However, the music could be something we’ve never heard before. “It’s really quite strange,” Phillips described the sound, “I’m having a lot of fun with it.”

Styx began working on a new album before the pandemic hit but mentioned a few songs could make you feel like they were created in the wake of the crisis.

“Eventually, when we all come out from our caves, we’re gonna get in a room and carve a new record,” said Phillips.

The last album Styx released was ‘The Mission’ in 2017.

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