…and a promise they will be back later this year,
We owe you an apology: it’s been ages, and we’re really, really sorry. When we were last with you, we promised we’d return, never thinking it would take us this long to haul our aging bearded selves across the Tasman. Note that we say ‘this long’ – cos it won’t be any longer. We have finally made some small steps to rectify the error in our ways by hosting two shows in Sydney and Melbourne in mid April.
We assure this will be the first visit of many as we will be back with a new album later in the year.
Since we last visited we have released some wonderful albums such as Happy Ending, Buffalo, Fandango and last years Tom’s Lunch EP.
We do hope you will join us to listen to many of the songs from these albums and some brand new ones too. If there’s a track you really want to hear, please tweet us (@phoenixfound) and we’ll do our best to add it to our set list. It’s the least we can do, under the circumstances.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou – see you soon,
Luke, Sam, Con, Will, Chris and Tom (The Phoenix Foundation).
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION (we’re sorry Australia) SHOWS:
FRI 17 APRIL 2015 NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY
SAT 18 APRIL 2015 NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
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.
Originally aired on Radio NZ National Music, Saturday 17 January 2015
Will Ricketts’ third solo album will be released on Wonderful Noise Japan,
28 January 2015.
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
Samuel F. Scott – vocals, guitars, synthetic keyboards, clarinet
Tom Callwood – bass guitar, backing vocals
Craig Terris – backing vocals, drums, percussive instruments
Recorded and Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery
Mastered by Brett Stanton
Produced by Samuel F. Scott
Design by Anna Taylor
Cover photo thanks to Jeff Lonto
Band Photos by Will Moore
Music by B.O.P – Words by S.F.S
Additional lyrics on Presence At The Mall by Ralph Scott
© Bunnies On Ponies 2014 under exclusive license to Flying Out
(p) Bunnies On Ponies, Native Tongue, Mushroom
Buy it also from iTunes (NZ) or Order LP, CD or Digital from Flying Out.
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.
Originally aired on Radio NZ National Music, Saturday 10 January 2015
Sam Scott plays fetch / Photo by Will Ricketts
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.
Listen to Sam Scott’s Bhangra playlist on Spotify
Originally aired on Radio NZ National Music, Saturday 3 January 2015
Sam Scott plays fetch / Photo by Will Ricketts.
A game of fetch where Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation, Bunnies on Ponies) is given an obscure musical genre and a week to return with relevant examples and entertaining anecdotes.
This week, he gets his booty grinding to some Miami Bass.
More Miami Bass, compiled by Sam Scott on Spotify.
Originally aired on Radio NZ National Music, Saturday 27 December 2014
RDU’s Spanky Moore gets inside contemporary New Zealand hit tunes – this week he takes a scalpel to Lawrence Arabia’s Silver Scroll Award-winning ‘Apple Pie Bed’.
(co-written with Luke Buda)
Originally aired on Saturday 20 December 2014
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!