Mystery Boxes and More!: The Joy of Supporting The Chills Film’s Kickstarter:
By: Jenny Andreotti of Fawns of Love
I like many was first exposed to The Chills through their “Pink Frost” video. Being confronted with a gorgeous blue-eyed boy walking through nature while seductively whispering a song about the mysterious death of a lover was impossible to resist. As I dug deeper I discovered parallels between my own life and Martin Phillipps that were hard to ignore, and only deepened my respect for his talent. For example, “I Love my Leather Jacket” was penned about the death of drummer and friend Martyn Bull from Leukemia (I lost my beautiful soft-spoken brother from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was twenty-four and I was fourteen). Phillipps has also been outspoken about his battle with Hepatitis C which would have ended his life if it were not for the advancement of the drug Harvoni.
Furthermore, Phillipps has also been open about his struggle with depression which in turn encouraged me to be more open about my own struggle (losing another sibling to suicide, and watching other family members struggle with cancer and other illnesses has left me with an overwhelming fear of cancer and guilt that I have made it into my thirties which is a thing my brother did not get to do). Even though I do not know Martin Phillipps I credit him with giving me the ability to articulate my own inner demons.
That is why I feel so passionate about funding and encouraging others to fund the Kickstarter campaign that will give The Chills Film enough funding to complete their documentary on Martin Phillipps. That he is influential is undeniable, every indie, dreampop, and shoegaze band from the 1980s and beyond owes Phillipps a king’s ransom (my own band included, I am still trying to perfect that sexy loud whisper that is so characteristic of Phillipps’ vocal style). However, Phillipps’ story goes beyond being an indie cult figure, he has achieved what few artists have: raw honesty. By supporting this project, we support the beauty of human connection and the struggles we all face. So, head over to their Kickstarter page as many cool incentives await (I went for the “Mystery Box,” and the sixteen-year-old in me that lacks composure cannot wait to get a box from the dreamy Martin Phillipps)!