The Phosphenes create imperfect three-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up (with added harmonica for your convenience) that - replete with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythms, armed with poignant and quirky humour, and dripping in vocal harmonies – stick in your head and rewire your brain.
The Phosphenes made a number of recordings in the early 2000s – first as Separation Street, then as Chapter 11 – with a constantly shifting lineup. None were ever quite finished. But by 2004 the lineup had consolidated in Dean Lombard (guitar, vocals), Jason Cutler (bass, vocals), Damaris Baker (guitar, vocals), John Watson (drums), and Joe Saitta (sax); and they enlisted the services of Allan Neuendorf to record these six songs at Baker St Studios over four winter days in 2005.
These songs were staples of the band’s live set, and exemplify the diversity of genres – indie rock, ballads, groove rock, post-punk, classic rock, guitar pop – encompassed by their repertoire. Band members Jason and Dean designed the album packaging using drummer John’s photographs for the cover and studio shots by Dean’s brother Gavin for the interior. The band home-printed and hand-assembled 40 or 50 CDs, and they were sold at gigs and online, with some distributed to local radio stations. By 2018, they were all gone.
Ignoring the advice of mastering engineers the world over, the band remastered it themselves in 2019, re-releasing it to an unsuspecting public in early 2020. The EP is available right now on Bandcamp, and will hit the other online stores on 6 February. This is the first time these songs have been available on streaming and download services. A limited number of hand-assembled CDs will be issued in due course.
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