A game of fetch where Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation, Bunnies on Ponies) is given an obscure genre and a week to return with relevant musical examples and stirring stories. This week, he delves into America’s new rave heartland with Country Dance Music.
The Phoenix Foundation wrapped up a busy year with two packed-out shows at Wellington venue Moon over the weekend. The sizeable group squeezed on to the stage and worked through a bevy of songs to warm the Christmas cockles of the audience, including tracks from their most recent release, Tom’s Lunch EP, which came out earlier this year. Supporting the group was “rough-pop and gypsy-rock man” Fraser Ross, who has also had a full 2014, back in August the Christchurch-born musician released 12-track album Mongrels from his current home in Glasgow. Photographer Dan Robinson went along to Moon to watch the performances and captured the lovely shots below…
The Woods, a band created by Tom Callwood and his brother Joe with Blair Latham and Rick Cranson has released their debut album, Manyana. It consists of five tracks of ‘some groovy tunes influenced by Jazz, Peruvian music, Blues, Ethiopian Music etc etc…’
Blair Latham – Tenor Saxophone / Bass Clarinet
Joe Callwood – Guitar
Tom Callwood – Bass
Rick Cranson – Drums
released 12 November 2014
Recorded by Joe Callwood at the Car Club, Wellington, NZ
on 29th & 30th April 2014
Mixed by Joe and Tom Callwood in Te Horo, Kapiti, NZ
Artwork ‘The Magic Ocean Tree layered Tree Lasagne’ by Guy Capper
A game of fetch where Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation, Bunnies on Ponies) is given an obscure genre and a week to return with relevant musical examples and stirring stories. This week, he makes sense of the future-shocked genre of PC Music.
A game of fetch where Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation, Bunnies on Ponies) is given an obscure genre and a week to return with relevant musical examples and stirring stories. This week, he joins Melody Thomas to tackle the (not so obscure) Punjabi genre of Bhangra.
My secret Wellington: Samuel Scott, Phoenix Foundation musician
Phoenix Foundation founder and musician Samuel Scott was born and bred in Newtown, so it makes sense that the passionate local is holding the band’s next gig in his home patch.
“We’ve been stuck in the studio, losing our minds, for the last six months, so we’re airing our new music at what will feel like a Christmas party,” says the composer and musician.
The son of political cartoonist and author Tom Scott, he and fellow classmates Luke Buda and Conrad Wedde formed The Phoenix Foundation in 1996, jamming in the Wellington High School music room. Says Scott: “Our next album is much more dancy, and the energy stays up for the whole record. It’s less polished and produced, less finnicky and more raw. It feels fresh for us and that feels quite exciting.”
“I wouldn’t see us as sounding very “Wellington”, but we make all our music here, and people identify us as a Wellington band because we genuinely work here.”
Continue reading about where Sam gets inspired and his favourite places in Wellington.
‘Destination Newtown Park Flats’ by Bunnies On Ponies features in a surf video from Billabong NZ. Sam said,
Newtown Park Flats meets surfing in Japan…this makes me feel slightly awkward about the opening guitar riff..but I was listening to lots of Takeshi Terauchi and playing my teisco everyday and it just kinda happened ok!
Conrad Wedde composed music to The Giving Tree, a unique donation-activated Christmas tree installation in Takutai Square, Britomart. The money will support For Everyone Charitable Foundation’s community project grants.
Read more about this initiative and the idea behind it and follow #GivingTreeNZ on social media.