The Phosphenes

Phosphenes portrait


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.

Reviewer Paul Cowling admires its eclecticism, declaring it “an album that sounds like an impeccably curated anthology… a set of smart, wry, brilliant songs.” (Read the full review.)

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 available to purchase or stream on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and wherever else good music can be found.

Upcoming gigs

Album launch coming soon

Finally, a friendly shore

Somewhere in the inner north

The new album is done, and in all the online stores, but we're still finishing off the last bit of artwork and typography for the 8-page booklet that will come with the limited edition CD. When it’s done, we’ll have an album launch. Coming 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 very soon.

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

(More info on

Thursday 12 April 2018, 8 pm


223 Barkly St, Footscray

Dean is bringing his quirky and poignant songs about love, loss, politics, life, death, cultural imperialism, propaganda, violence, and redemption to Footscray’s oldest new bar. Also featuring Christina Green.
More info soon

Phosphene guitars

Other Phosphenes

There are more bands called the Phosphenes than you might think. Check them all out! Us Phosphenes gotta stick together.

What is a phosphene anyway?

Simple, really: a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light.

Phosphene_artistic_depiction_image_color (wikimedia Commons)

The Phosphenes are:


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