Bob Lennon John Dylan music video

A new video from The Phoenix Foundation premiered over on Stereogum,

“Bob Lennon John Dylan,” from the Phoenix Foundation’s recent Tom’s Lunch EP, conjures sounds from rock history, but not so much the ones referenced in the song title. The New Zealand nerds have a whiff of Devo about them, but they approach their spasmodic post-punk with a krautrock undercurrent, the playful cuteness of Aussie indie-pop outfit Architecture In Helsinki, and Stepdad’s shameless nostalgic goofs. Directors Puck And Paul put the band in some sort of wild futuristic tunnel filled with ethereal light, and it’s quite a sight to see. See it below.

Thanks to NZ On Air Music!,, Contact Energy and the Wellington Cable Car.

Directors: Puck and Paul
DOP’s: Jon Baxter , Hannah Walker, Paul Freeman
Costume: Katey Melody Rogers
Prod Manager: Matthew Davis
Art Department: Fred and Hamish
Grip: Andy Cave
Lighting: Puck and Angus

Audio Mixed by Dave Fridmann


Music Nation interview

Tracey Collins caught up with Sam and Luke from The Phoenix Foundation shortly before their latest tour and EP release, check out the video here. Change to HiDef 1080p for the full experience.

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NZ Live on Radio NZ National

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Tom’s Lunch EP out NOW!

‘Tom’s Lunch’ is the start of a new chapter for the band with drummer Chris O’Connor, and what better way to follow up a double album of mystical pop than with an EP of short snappy tracks. This exquisite EP features two tracks mixed by David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala).

releases 16 May 2014
All Songs Written and Performed by The Phoenix Foundation.
All Songs Recorded by Brett Stanton at The Car Club, Wellington, NZ.
1, 4: Mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, N.Y.
2, 3, 5: Mixed By Lee Prebble at Surgery Studios, Wellington, NZ.
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Bonfire Audio, Wellington, NZ.
Published by Native Tongue.
Copyright The Phoenix Foundation (WGTN) Ltd. 2014.
Artwork by Anns Taylor and Lukasz Buda.
Thanks to NZ On Air Music for the support.

Available from iTunes, JBHIFI and direct from Bandcamp (including the CD mail order).

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Songs For Blake OUT NOW

Songs for Blake – Embracing Autism is a digital fundraising compilation which is now available via iTunes and Bandcamp. It’s a double-disc album, labelled Side A and Side B, that is sold as one compilation.

The Phoenix Foundation have contributed an unreleased track called ‘Wave Machine’. You can buy it on its own or you can show your support by purchasing a copy of the whole album, because the cause is noble.

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Dalston Junction single

Released on Beck’s New New Zealand Music album.

As part of NZ Music Month celebrations Beck’s NZ has commissioned 10 NZ artists to write and record a new song any way they choose, to be included in an exciting new compilation.

See the complete list of artists and tracks. The album is available on iTunes (NZ) and Amplifier (not only NZ).

I was lucky enough to see them perform this song when Sam, Luke and Chris were playing with Lawrence Arabia at Sebright Arms last year. And film it.

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Live on Paul Henry Show

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Before The Phoenix Foundation kick off their nationwide tour in support of their new EP release, Sam, Luke and Will performed ‘Bob Lennon John Dylan’ live on Paul Henry Show from Auckland’s Stamford Plaza yesterday evening.

Click on the image to watch the full performance.


Phoenix Foundation moves up-tempo

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by Jim Chipp

Phoenix Foundation’s new EP, Tom’s Lunch, marks a move further up-tempo from than their customary melancholic ambience.

Front man Samuel Flynn Scott said co-founder Luke Buda had driven a conscious effort to go a bit more upbeat, enabled by a very powerful new drummer.

“We can do stuff that’s quite fast and intense but doesn’t lose control,” he said.

Read full interview

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EP Release Tour announced



Real Groovy Records Store

A short set on Record Store Day, 19 April 2014.

credit: Ollie Labone and Danielle Bolton (Cheese On Toast)