Modcast #176: Phoenix

Our favourite Frenchmen Phoenix slipped us a patriotic playlist ahead of their Australia dates this month featuring 80s popstar Lio, contemporary greats Damien and Sébastien Tellier, and a hard to find collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Nico.

Having headlined the most important European and US festivals in 2013, the band's current show is HUGE. A timeless catalogue from cult favourite 'United' right through to the ambitious 'Bankrupt'! Don't miss them play Hordern Pavilion in Sydney tomorrow and Melbourne's Festival Hall on Thursday. Some tickets are still available but not for long.

It's hard to fathom that all four original members have stuck together for close to 19 years. What's your secret?
Brotherhood and friendship before music and anything else!

What fond memories come to mind when you reflect on the early days of Phoenix?
As soon as the school's bell was ringing, we were running to Thomas' garage to play music as loud as possible.

With Bankrupt! being your more experimental approach to songwriting and recording, is it a challenge to perform these songs live?
The songs from Bankrupt! are like wild animals, there is a sense of danger when we play with them. That's why we love them

Thomas often leaves the stage to sing in the audience. Has this ever ended in disaster?
In São Paulo, he fainted during a crowd surfing in a gigantic festival...

Have you visited any galleries on rest days recently?
If you're in NYC go see Roe Ethridge's exhibit.

Who are your favorite French film makers? Are you excited by any rising stars?
François Truffaut. We also like any movie starring Jean Rochefort. And If you want to get a feeling of what it was like to grow up in France in the 80's see the year of the jellyfish.

While on the road, what do you miss most about home?
Waking up in your own bed.

Lio - Amoureux Solitaires
Nico - Strip-Tease
Damien - Vraiment
Sébastien Tellier - Fantino
Daft Punk - Doing It Right
Serge Gainsbourg - Sous Le Soleil Exactement
Jane Birkin - Leurs Plaisir Sans Moi
Christophe - Les Paradis Perdus
Jacno - Rectangle
Philippe Sarde - La Chanson D'Hélène

Tour Dates
Mar 05 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Mar 06 Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Mar 08 Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia
Mar 09 Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Mar 10 Bonython Park, Adelaide, Australia
Mar 29 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile
Apr 03 Festival Estéreo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
Apr 05 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jun 28 Les Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon, France
Jul 05 Open'Er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
Jul 18 Slottsfjell Festival, Tonsberg, Norway
Jul 19 U x U Festival, Umea, Sweden

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