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Give Up Your Dreams music video

Bret McKenzie, who is a half of the fourth most popular folk-diggy-bongo-comedy parody duo Flight of the Conchords, a Grammy Award winner, an Academy Award winner and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), stars in the music video for Give Up Your Dreams. You see what I did there?

It was written and directed by Loren Taylor and The Guardian premiered it.

The video – a homage to the work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky – shows the actor digging himself a deep hole, jumping into said hole and awaking in a different state, as if liberated by the freedom of coming to terms with the loss of his creative drive.

“I like the ambiguity of watching someone dig a very deep hole. Is he burying something (his dreams)? Or is he digging a grave? Or is he digging a tunnel to somewhere? I think there is something compelling about watching him get incrementally more exhausted as he gets deeper and deeper into the earth,” says the video’s director, Loren Taylor.

“At the point of utter fatigue and despair he cracks open and falls into the infinite/space/void/a portal to another realm – and wakes reborn where he started, but with a new perspective. It’s a long song, and it felt like it needed an action that slowly evolved over the minutes, and digging has a lovely percussive rhythm to cut with – or against.”

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Face-to-Face with Anika Moa


Sam Scott of The Phoenix Foundation has some bleak advice for aspiring musicians: Give up your dreams.

“Give up your dreams of being famous,” he tells Anika Moa as he stops by to discuss the band’s sixth album, Give Up Your Dreams.

Scott, who claims he is the Lennon in his songwriting partnership with Luke Buda, admits he still does want to be famous – but only so he can keep making music.

He also claims to be “cooler than Dave Grohl” but is quickly shot down by Moa, who rightfully says: “Ain’t no one can be cooler than that MoFo.”

• The Phoenix Foundation will be touring New Zealand from September 18, starting in Wellington and traveling around the country before heading to Australia and Europe.


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#GUYD NZ Tour announced

The Phoenix Foundation ‘Give Up Your Dreams’ NZ Tour

  • Friday September 18th: San Fran Bath House, Wellington
  • Saturday September 19th: Cabana, Napier
  • Thursday September 24th: Allen St Rock Bar, Christchurch
  • Friday September 25th :Sammy’s, Dunedin
  • Saturday September 26th: The Sherwood, Queenstown
  • Thursday October 1st: The Mayfair, New Plymouth
  • Friday October 2nd: The Powerstation, Auckland
  • Saturday October 3rd: Mauao Performing Arts Centre, Tauranga

Tickets via Under The Radar

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Give Up Your Dreams – Neil Finn remix

“I was delighted to be asked to remix this track for The Phoenix Foundation who I love. I have never done one before and enjoyed being able to take apart and reassemble someone else’s music, it’s like landscaping your neighbours garden while they’re away on holiday.”
– Neil Finn

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Mountain music video

The first video from The Phoenix Foundations 6th studio album Give Up Your Dreams, due for release on 7th Aug 2015.

Video Directed by Sam Kristofski (
Produced by Daniel Higgins / Curious Films (
Made with help from NZ On Air Music

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Bunnies On Ponies – Nothing (music video)

“Nothing” from the Bunnies On Ponies LP “Heat Death Of The Universe” is an explosive splosh of tramadol rock. Our protagonist is locked in a back pain relief haze where he can do is watch Anthony Bourdain repeats and contemplate his own existence. Perfectly captured in animated form by Creature.

Concept & Direction: Creature
Animators: Creature & Joren Van Suylekom

The video premiered on

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Pre-Order Give Up Your Dreams


credit: Will Moore

‘Mountain’ is the first single from The Phoenix Foundation’s sixth album, Give Up Your Dreams which will be released on 7th August 2015.

Get an instant download of ‘Mountain’ when you pre-order the album at iTunes, or on gold vinyl, or CD from TPF’s Bandcamp.

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The Black Caps tribute anthem

The Phoenix Foundation had never made a sport song, up until now. Two days before Cricket World Cup 2015 finals, when New Zealand would play against Australia, the band was getting ready for the flight to Auckland to play at the Titirangi Festival. And this is what happened,

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The song was picked up immediately by cricket fans and Black Caps supporters on Twitter, hit the news in NZ Herald, was the leading story on and before the final game started, it got 30,000 hits.

Ladies and gentleman, here is Big Mac (Run Rate),

A tribute to our national cricketing heroes made in the hours between our cancelled and new flight. Thank you (and %^&$ you) budget airline.

Featuring Lucien Johnson on the sexamaphone.

Artwork by Laura Myers

Written, performed, produced, mixed and mastered by The Phoenix Foundation between 10.30am and 2.30pm March 27th 2015


Record Store Day 2015 Special Release

The Phoenix Foundation has prepared a special 7″ vinyl for Record Store Day 2015, which is on April 18.

The Phoenix Foundation/Eyelids
A Can of Moles

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Jealous Butcher Records
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Split 7″ between The Phoenix Foundation and Eyelids, covering Can and Moles tracks respectively.