By Cat Schaupp
February 12, 2013
Since forming while still in high school in 1997, New Zealand’s The Phoenix Foundation have been quietly building up quite a prolific resumé of releases. Since releasing their first album Horsepower in 2003 the band has released a further three studio albums matched by three EPs, while also managing to find the time to score two Taika Waititi films: 2007′s indie hit Eagle Vs Shark and 2010′s Boy.2013 will see The Phoenix Foundation returning to the spotlight after the critical and commercial success of their 2011 album Buffalo for the release of new album Fandango on April 29th. Shortly after, the band will be out on a five stop UK tour, starting at Oran Mor in Glasgow on May 9th and ending at Thekla in Bristol on May 16th. You’ll be able to get your mitts on Fandango as a double CD, double 12″ vinyl, and digital download. Following frontman Samuel Flynn Scott’s statement “Damn the zeitgeist, I still rejoice in the pan-sexual opulence of a double gate-fold vinyl album”, we know which format we’ll be hoping to get our paws on.
If you can’t wait until April, then thankfully The Phoenix Foundation are a thoughtful bunch, and have made album track ‘The Captain’ available for your listening pleasure. It’s three minutes of melancholic melodic joy, with just enough synth to get you in the groove. You can wrap your ears around it on Soundcloud (see below) or nab it as a free download from the band’s site here.