January 16, 2024

Rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Philip Sayce is excited to announce the release of his new single, “Backstabber,” on January 12, 2024.

This track is the third single off his highly anticipated new album, The Wolves are Coming (Atomic Gemini / Forty Below Records), which will be released on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Stream “Backstabber” HERE or watch it on YouTube below.

 Pre-order The Wolves Are Coming album HERE.

Philip gets to the point about ‘Backstabber,’ “This is a song about fake friends and a ruthless music business. I think the lyrics speak loud and clear, and the weight of the track conveys the intensity of my feelings. It is a jungle out there; watch your back. This song also speaks to my life-long journey with OCD — named one of the ten most disabling disorders by the World Health Organization — and this burden that myself, and many others live with every day.”

There has been no shortage of praise; Guitar World declared, “Philip Sayce stands on the edge of hard rock and psychedelia, slinging guitar riffs past your ears at warped speed.” Billboard Magazine has raved about Philip’s “outstanding songwriting” and “stylish rock guitar”, and Rock & Blues Muse effused, “With powerful vocals close to the edge, Sayce uses his classic Strat sound and overdriven amps to unwind a powerful tale. His guitar riffs are fastballs”, and Music News stated, “This is an all-out blast from the opening notes, massive riffs and pounding drums with Sayce’s vocals getting the full treatment.” 

Produced by Philip at Station House Studio in Los Angeles, and engineered by GRAMMY award winner Mark Rains (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Tanya Tucker), mixed by Brian Moncarz (Fantastic Negrito, Alice Cooper, Ian Moore), and mastered by Brian Lucey (Lizzo, The Black Keys, Michael Bublé), “Backstabber” features Michael Leasure on drums (Walter Trout, Edgar Winter), Fred Mandel (Queen, Supertramp, Elton John) on keyboards, and was written by Sayce, who also provided the guitars, bass, piano, and vocals.


Born in Wales and raised in Toronto, Canada, Philip’s love of the guitar started early. As a teen, Philip was plucked from the Toronto blues scene by the legendary Jeff Healey, who took the young guitarist under his wing and showed him the ropes, touring the world and recording as a member of Healey’s band.

From 2004 to 2009, Philip toured internationally and recorded with Melissa Etheridge, including performances at The Oscars and The Grammys. He then kick-started his solo career, establishing a rabid fan base in Europe and beyond. During this period, Sayce recorded his first solo album, Peace Machine.

Buoyed by guitar fans’ response to the album, Philip returned his attention to his full-time solo artist career, and subsequent releases garnered high praise in both the blues, rock, and guitar worlds. He has since released six studio albums and the Live EP, Scorched Earth: Volume 1.