NZ’s Phoenix Foundation U.S. debut; foreign press raves

By on April 25, 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. Now signed to Memphis Industries, home to friends and
fellow countrymen The Ruby Suns, The Phoenix Foundation are set to
remain a secret no longer with a U.S. release slated for June 14.
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.

…An album that already seems destined to be among the best of 2011…*****
-the London Guardian

…New Zealand’s finest purveyors of psychedelic Pop… ****
-The London Times

…Undislodgable melodies. A lovely album… ****
-The Sunday London Times

…Ingenuous pop… ****
– The London Independent

Buffalo is the latest album from kaleidoscopic pop group The Phoenix
Foundation, 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 US in
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.
From intelligent and infectiously catchy pop/rock gems, to epic,
psychedelic prog rock, The Phoenix Foundation’s music is a glorious
pop polyglot, combining sunbleached 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. 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 unsettling new
sounds on this record, Buffalo has this consistent breeziness,” says
lead singer Sam Flynn Scott.
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 Arabia.
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 Buda: Buffalo is “Fun. Fun in the studio. Fun on
headphones”.
-Guerilla Geek.com 4/13

Judging by this, the New Zealanders must have a few Richard Hawley CDs not
so hidden about their persons. Hazy nostalgia wrapped up in a cosy chorus
that could have been around for five decades.
-Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner 4/22

The 2011 Wanaka Festival of Colour was hailed yesterday as a “huge
success”, with 31 performances sold out and others “quite full”.
“I think there were 68 performances … in seven towns, and we sold over
12,000 tickets in total, so it has been a huge success,” festival trustee
Victoria Murray-Orr said.
Festival arts director Philip Tremewan told the sell-out crowd at the
Phoenix Foundation’s closing Crystal Palace performance yesterday it was a
delight to be part of such a wonderful community-supported event, which
many of the performers and artists cited as among their favourites in New
Zealand.
Wellington band the Phoenix Foundation brought the Festival of Colour to a
close in front of a sell-out crowd at the Crystal Palace in Wanaka.
The band, heralded by New Zealand music critics for its respected and
innovative sounds, proved a weekend highlight of the festival’s final
acts.
Acclaimed by United Kingdom newspaper The Independent as “surely the most
potent band to come out of New Zealand since the far-off days of the
Chills”, the band brought its five-star music reviews to life before the
festival audience.
– Matthew Haggart and Joe Dodgshun Otaga Daily Times 4/18

New Zealand indie-poppers The Phoenix Foundation are all set for the
European release of their fourth album, Buffalo, which has been picking up
stellar reviews across the globe. Today The Stool Pigeon chatted to
frontman Sam Flynn Scott about shit New Zealand radio, Finnish hardcore
and the chillwave name-generator. Read the interview in the next issue,
out February 10. For now he’s compiled a list of five Kiwi artists/albums
he thinks we should get acquainted with.
*Lawrence Arabia – Chant Darling. AKA Christchurch’s gently bonkers James
Milne, who has been turning out off-kilter sunshine pop since 2006.
*Connan Mochasin – Please Turn Me Into The Snat. Formerly of Connan and
the Mockasins, he wrote his solo debut Please Turn Me Into the Snat at his
mum’s house near Hawke Bay – because she told him to.
*Dear Time’s Waste – Spells. Clair Duncan, with a series of occasional
collaborators, writes eerie, jangly Cure-esque melodies she recently told
Under the Radar are inspired by “history, genealogy [and] ghost stories.”
*Family Cactus – Come Howling. Wellington 7-piece with enough anthems to
make Win Butler sweat.
*Glass Vaults – The Glass EP. Icy soundscapes and ethereal vocals are
layered over ADD drum machines. Either very nice or deeply unsettling,
we’re not sure. -Jordan Bassett thestoolpigeon.co.uk/blog

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