“Phillips, with the help of his Portland-based, genre-bending musical troupe, Fast Rattler, is developing a sound that is both a revival of classic folk tradition and an inspiring new-age interpretation of a storied staple of American culture.”
“[Fast Rattler] are "...road tested and a flurry of contagious energy"”
"Growing up surrounded by the legendary storytelling and amazing library of his dad, [Brendan] has grown deeply into a heartened appreciation for the power of songs to pass on critical information about who we are as a people. [The Band] gets it too, and their playing is sweet, intricate, and honest."
“While Fast Rattler mines the past for its explosive sound, its music is anything but a direct tribute. Phillips began playing music influenced by Nirvana, Pavement and indie punk rock and created a sound all his own. This includes everything from traditional folk and bluegrass to pangs of modern rock thrown into a sonic stew that is at once grounded in traditional folk and streamlined into intricate arrangements that appeal to fans of both traditional and current music. ”
““…Phillips has clearly inherited his father’s stature and stage presence, not to mention a book-worth of his forgotten songs.””