Fan-filmed video footage of PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, performing on September 14 at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania can be seen below.
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ sophomore album, “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”, was released in January via Anselmo‘s Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. The disc is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut, “Walk Through Exits Only”, which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.
Asked how his approach on “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” was different to that on its predecessor, Anselmo told AXS: “Everything down from production on — even the musical direction — is, as it should be, very different. On [the first] record, I wanted to have a herky-jerky, thrash record — to a degree. [Laughs] That’s what was on my mind. I think there might have been just brief glimpses of what was to come. But I also want to call attention to the fact that we also recorded a split with WARBEAST, and also we did a ‘Housecore Horror’ EP that not many people know about, and all of those releases sound different. And romantically, I prefer the sound of this band like an old ’80s thrash metal demo more than some polished, produced thing.”
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are currently touring the U.S. with Housecore labelmates KING PARROT. The trek, previously scheduled for the spring but postponed following Anselmo‘s back surgery, commenced in New Orleans and will include a stop at this year’s edition of Berserker festival on September 28 in Pontiac, Michigan.