The Phosphenes

Phosphenes portrait

Finally, a friendly shore

Draft album coverThe 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.

No Through Road music video

No Through Road video shoot in action 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!

Upcoming gigs

Sunday 12 November 2017

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.

Friday 26 January 2018

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. We’ll be part of an eclectic lineup of great indie bands including Stork, ManCave Clan, and more.

Album launch coming soon

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.

Other news

Remastering project

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.

Dean Lombard solo gigs

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Friday 10 November 2017, 8 pm

Curtin Hotel

29 Lygon Street, Carlton

HEARTBREAKER: TOM PETTY CELEBRATION Phosphenes singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Lombard will be part of the PETTY CASH band on a bill with a bunch of other Melbourne musos and bands paying tribute to the late great Tom Petty. The event will also raise money for “Music With Mates” a community organisation that helps newly arrived people make new friends and have a great time by taking them along to live music events for free.

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. Double-header with Christina Green.

Thursday 16 November 2017, 7 pm

The Lomond Hotel

223 Nicholson St, Brunswick East

WRITERS BLOCK is a monthly round-robin performance of theme-based songs from local singer-songwriters. Dean will be one of the gang at the November show.

Phosphene guitars

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