Grounded in a firm belief that pop music and intellectual lyrics are not mutually exclusive, Briar Rabbit coined the phrase "Thought-Pop" to describe his sound. "A lot of times [pop music] feels like an idea that someone didn't believe you were capable of chewing and mushed it to baby food. For me, the chewing is essential."
Having demonstrated his songwriting and singing talents around the Midwest, Rabbit spent the better part of his two years in Chicago collecting accolades such as Taste of Chicago, ABC 7's Windy City Live, being featured on a full-length film, WBEZ, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Red Eye, and several regional blogs; while steadily haunting the city's staple venues. In 2011, Rabbit's debut release (The Company You Keep) dealt with the usual suspects of songwriting (love, loss, and self), and for 2012's Black History Month, he wrote an EP called "The Great Routine," about a fictional black actor performing as a minstrel in the 1900's.
Commanding the stage, Briar Rabbit achieves musical complexity without pretension, combines multi-layered lyrics with infectious melody, and presents self-awareness with a strong sense of honesty. It's smart, catchy, and something we didn't even know we needed.
"Singer-songwriters such as Briar Rabbit (Philip-Michael Scales) create sensitive, soul-searching tunes that don't activate the cheese filters. Between the intelligent lyrics and busy arrangements is delight. Yes, he's singing and strumming. Yes, you will see the words "intelligent" and "busy" and think it's some dude just showing how smart he is. Wrong."
-Kevin Williams, The Chicago Tribune
"Briar Rabbit & The Company You Keep," one of the best local albums of the year"-The Deli Chicago
"Charming pop you want to put in your pocket."
-Matt Pais, The Chicago Red Eye