The Phosphenes

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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.


On 2 April we opened for Crumbe at the Brunswick Artists’ Bar. Our drummer John couldn’t make it so the rest of us performed a drum-free set. Three songs were recorded and are now available to watch on Youtube:



A while ago we made a legit music video. This is it.


One night, the 2nd of May 2019 to be exact, The Phosphenes were graciously invited to perform in the St Hotel, St Kilda. No Saints were present during this gig. It was the second time we’d played there, but the first time on the ground floor.

Phaedra and Dave from The Winterfriends recorded it for us. Jason slaved over a hot MacBook on and off during Victoria’s winter lockdown, particularly during September 2020, revisiting and remixing the gig repeatedly like Phil in Groundhog Day until the performance was ready to reveal.

Two songs “Taste Like Wine” and “Right Place, Wrong Time” are available as audio-only for the first time on this album. (Previously released on YouTube.)

If you buy the whole album you will get ten bonus tracks – the same ten songs completely uncut. If you play them together with no gaps, you get the entire audio of the gig from the late start of the recording after the first song's intro had already started, to the final thank you, with our witty banter, false starts and awkward silences in between.

These songs were written, performed and recorded – and the album made – on the stolen land of the Kulin Nation, where we and our people live and work without their consent. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land and their Elders, past and present, and look forward to a true and just reconciliation between our peoples.

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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.

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