The Phosphenes’ new album is almost ready to drop. Finally, a friendly shore is an evolution of the band’s sound, with a wider stylistic range and more nuanced arrangements. Taking the listener down dead-end streets, across the Pacific and back, through medical research facilities and across sticky kitchen floors to island prisons and secret bathtubs, it’s an explosion of different genres and diverse instrumentation that nevertheless has a distinct coherence and thematic consistency.
Recorded in late 2016 and early 2017 at Soundpark in Northcote, produced by the band and Idge, and mastered by Adam Dempsey, Finally, a friendly shore is coming to an online store near you, some time in October. Like our Facebook page, or join our email list to get the news first.
We have also shot a music video for the first single from the album, No Through Road. Starting with a solo acoustic guitar/vocal intro before launching into a raucous and infectious classic guitar rock sound, it’s the perfect opener for Finally, a friendly shore and a great introduction to The Phosphenes’ sound. Currently being edited, expect to see the video soon on YouTube, Rage, the AFL grand final, and wherever else you find fine music videos.
Halflight (2013) is a journey from the watershed to the sunshine via holey pockets, television, an interstellar void and the Flying Wallendas. Along the way the guitary pop of this reticent quartet was delicately sprinkled with keys and reeds to emerge exuberantly from the gloomy winters of the last few years. Channeling four songwriters and astride a decade of history, Halflight lives!
5–11 pm @ Mr Boogie Man BAR
160 Hoddle Street Abbotsford
This is an epic multiband lineup featuring indie bands whose members are over 40. The Phosphenes easily met the criteria. Bassist Jason Cutler is away so it’ll be the acoustic guitar duo version of The Phosphenes with Dean Lombard and Simon W Stockdale. The gig starts at 5 and we go on at 9.30, preceded by an eclectic lineup of great indie bands including Stork, ManCave Clan, Peter Dickybird, Al Paca and The Llama Farmers, The Winterfriends, Da’Nish and more.
1 pm @ The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Miles Recommends return to Melbourne for the final stop of their regional tour in promotion of their debut EP Extended Play – a vibrant and moving musical odyssey as the indie folk-rocking sextet blend a wide range of influences into a backdrop to their ongoing dissection of social norms.
The Phosphenes Duo (Dean Lombard and Simon W Stockdale) are supporting, bringing you acoustic guitar duo arrangements of songs from the forthcoming album. Geelong’s indie/alt rocking trio City At Midnight and Melbourne alt-rockers Franjapan are also supporting.
Finally, a friendly shore
Somewhere in the inner north
The new album is done, but we're still working on the music video for the first single, and finishing off the artwork so we can make some CDs and set up the online product. Coming really soon! Watch this space, like our Facebook page, or join our email list to get the news first.
We are revisiting our back catalogue and bringing it up to standard for a re-release. We’re starting with our first album, the six-track EP Long Story Short that was never really mastered properly. Expect to see the remastered version out in the stores later this year.
Next cab off the rank will be the Retrospective collection of live, rehearsal, and unreleased (in some cases unfinished) studio recordings.
Sunday 29 October 2017, 7.30 pm
Northcote Social Club
301 High Street, Northcote
TOM PETTY TRIBUTE NIGHT Phosphenes singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Lombard will be part of a local indie muso supergroup paying tribute to the late great Tom Petty. The night is being hosted by Petty Cash (Matt McFarlane and Simon Bruce) and also features Dan Poli, Aaron Allen, Matt Glass, James Roberts, Gordon Blake, Mark Gardener, Paul Spurling, Django Upton, Greg Steps, and Janine Marshall.
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Sunday 12 November 2017, 5 pm
The Thornbury Local
635 High St, Thornbury
Dean is bringing his quirky and poignant songs about love, loss, politics, life, death, cultural imperialism, propaganda, violence, and redemption to The Thornbury Local. Driven by acoustic or electric guitar and with strong vocal melodies and sparse harmonica accompaniment, the songs range from haunting ballads, through classic power pop to outright rockers.
Double-header with Christina Green. More info to come.
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