New Zealand’s Phoenix Foundation release U.S. debut in June

By on April 12, 2011

“Buffalo” is the latest album from kaleidoscopic pop group The Phoenix
Foundation (Sam Flynn Scott – vocals/guitar, Luke Buda – vocals/guitar,
Conrad Wedde – guitarist/keys player, Tom Callwood – bass, Richie
Singleton – drums and Will Ricketts – percussion) whose last album, Happy
Ending – originally released on the legendary Flying Nun label – had
critics hailing them as New Zealand’s best kept secret. “Buffalo” is being
released in the U.S. June, distributed by Revolver.

Now signed to Memphis Industries in the UK, home to friends and fellow
countrymen The Ruby Suns, The Phoenix Foundation are set to remain a
secret no longer.

“An album that already seems destined to be among the best of 2011” *****
the Guardian
“New Zealand’s finest purveyors of psychedelic Pop” **** The Times
“Undislodgable melodies. A lovely album” **** The Sunday Times
“Ingenuous pop” **** The Independent

From intelligent and infectiously catchy pop/rock gems, to epic,
psychedelic prog rock, The Phoenix Foundation’s music is a glorious pop
polyglot, combining sun bleached harmonies, chiming guitars, progressive
synth scapes and subliminal rhythms to glorious effect. Slung between
romance and absurdity, their music can move you to tears, make you laugh
out loud, or whisk you away into another world, without ever losing its
poise. And, already a hit down under, where it has spent five consecutive
weeks in the top ten, Buffalo is the band’s warmest most loveable
recording yet.

“We kind of felt like this record was a reaction to the pop sound of Happy
Ending, but despite all our attempts to create un-settling new sounds on
this record Buffalo has this consistent breeziness,” says lead singer Sam.

Since releasing Happy Ending, The Phoenix Foundation’s world has become a
lot bigger, their music travelling around the world and the band following
in its wake, hitting the UK, the US and various parts of mainland Europe. 
The band have also lent their skills to score Oscar nominated Kiwi
director Taiki Waititi’s films Eagle Versus Shark and 2010’s Berlin Film
Festival winning Boy.

Buffalo is The Phoenix Foundation’s most collaborative and unique work to
date with all six members chipping in with the song writing plus helping
hands having been given from compatriots Connan Mockasin and Lawrence

The record was self-recorded in the band’s practice space at the
Wellington Car Club, a drafty old shed shared with a bunch of rally
driving enthusiasts. The band named it Buffalo after the song of the same
name, so titled because the drums sound like a stampede. “As a word, it
just seemed so tidy and to the point,” says Sam “this album is a god dang
Buffalo, milk it at your own risk”. Album highlights include the spacey
groove of Pot, the aforementioned Buffalo and the epic pop sweep of Flock
of Hearts – all in all the record is summed up neatly by guitarist Luke;
Buffalo is “Fun. Fun in the studio. Fun on headphones”.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.