Philip James Selway is an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of English alternative rock group Radiohead. He also drums and provides backing vocals, along with occasional guitar and lead vocals, for 7 Worlds Collide. He is known for his precision and proficiency in various styles and unusual time signatures, being named the 26th greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise in 2008. He has worked with Samaritans since 1991 and toured and recorded with Neil Finn as part of the 7 Worlds Collide project. "When you're the same age as the Prime Minister, you think, I'd better get on with this," Philip Selway grins as he acknowledges the new sea change in British politics but popularity is generally a passing phase while your first album-that's forever. Knowing time waits for no one, he has delivered Familial, a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting, and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don't do this kind of thing. Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter. Listeners to Familial will immediately recognize the ring of absolute truth, melodies and words fired by emotions, and not a whiff of dilettante posturing. In truth, what truly ignited Selway's efforts to record wasn't Britain's political transformation but the loss of his mother in 2006. "It was one of those watershed moments that shake everything up, and you get a greater sense of urgency on what you want to do in life," he says.