The Skinny on Casual Fantastic


Philly’s Casual Fantastic mixes up a musical brew of original rock n roll, parlor pop, lounge punk, and country noir. Casual and Fantastic, Casual Fantastic features songwriter Josh McIlvain on guitar and vocals with Nikitas Menotiades on stand up drums (with an old suitcase for the bass drum) and backing vocals. Formed in 2019, the two experienced performers add theatricality and humor to their bare-bones brand of music making. For their recordings, they have teamed up with Nik’s brother, producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Menotiades, who works out of Pittsburgh, contributing innovative treatments, technical wizardry, and additional arrangements to the songs.

Cover Art by Luisa Colon.

Venues of Concerts Past

The Map Room at Bowery Electric (NYC)

Christmas Village (Phila, PA)

Ernest & Scott Taproom (Wilmington, DE)

Free Fringe Philly Cabaret (Phila, PA)

Kingsland (Brooklyn, NY)

Melelani’s Cafe (Phila, PA)

Mount Airy Village Fair (Phila, PA)

Mount Airy Art Garage (Phila, PA)

Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, NY)

The Rusty Nail (Ardmore, PA)

ShopRite (Wilmington, DE)

The Way Station (Brooklyn, NY)

Weaver’s Way Co-op Chestnut Hill (Phila, PA)

Weaver’s Way Co-op Ambler (PA)


Be casual, but be fantastic!

Past love for previous musical endeavors by songwriter Josh McIlvain:

‘Outrageous, irreverent and undeniably entertaining.”

“One of Philadelphia’s most eclectic, so­phisticated, and clever singer-songwriters.” Origivation Magazine

“Trippy, unpredictable, lighthearted, and strange—an intriguing listen for the adventurous.” That Music Mag

“[The songs] all flow together held by a lyrical sharpness and a distinctive voice . . . good stuff.” Terrascope (UK)

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