After months of anticipation, FYF Fest is ready to unveil the lineup and location of the 2014 incarnation of the festival. Taking place August 23rd and 24th, the 11th annual FYF Fest will feature headlining performances from The Strokes and Phoenix,Read More
The French group Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic ’80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying synthesis of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai were a garage band based out of Mars’ house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai’s older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin’ disbanded in 1995.
The group got its touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source Records. Phoenix became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic exposure was a single called “Heatwave,” which was very similar in approach to ’70s disco.
Two On Two’ (due March 24th) is taken from the duo’s forthcoming sophomore record,‘Ventura’, set for release on March 31st through Control Freak. ‘Ventura’ is produced by JAMAICA and Laurent d’Herbécourt (Phoenix), and was written and recorded,Read More
A-Trak stays busy this summer with a slew of new globe-trotting dates after dropping one of the most anticipated singles of the summer (and one of my favorite videos!!) – Duck Sauce’s “It’s You”- and his official remix for Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool”Read More
t’s a rather appropriate title for record, Bankrupt! when you consider must countries are heavily in debt and with that, retailers and industry are on the skids some what. The moniker for Phoenix’s fifth LP perhaps snapshotsRead More
Dinosaur Jr. have created a remix/cover of Phoenix’s ‘Entertainment’ and released it on Soundcloud. “My brother David took me to see Dinosaur Jr. live in Paris around the time when [1991’s] Green Mind was released,” says Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars. “I have been a fan since then.”Read More
Phoenix have announced they will be releasing a deluxe version of their new album ‘Bankrupt!’ on April 22, 2013 with a disc featuring 71 bonus tracks.
Among the 71 tracks and over an hour’s worth of extra material are many songs under a minute long, with one track, ‘Aristotle’, clocking in at just one second.Read More