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There are two bands called The Phoenix Foundation; one from New Zealand and a lesser-known act from Finland.

New Zealand’s The Phoenix Foundation formed in Wellington, New Zealand by founding members Sam Scott, Luke Buda and Conrad Wedde in 1997. They are joined by Will Ricketts (percussion), Tom Callwood (bass) and Chris O’Connor (drums). They plan to release an EP in early 2014.

Their fifth album Fandango[/b was released on April 29 by Universal in Australasia and Memphis Industries for the rest of the world.

Their first full length album Horsepower was released in mid 2003 to critical acclaim, and was moderately successful. Horsepower included such singles as “This Charming Van” and “Let Me Die A Woman” which received extensive airplay on alternative radio stations such as 95bFM and RDU-FM.

Their second album Pegasus, featuring new bass guitarist Warner Emery, was released in early 2005 and again gathered further plaudits. The album was met with some commercial success, eventually obtaining Gold status in New Zealand.

In late 2006, the Phoenix Foundation were signed by the Young American label, and Horsepower was released in the US on March 13, 2007.

Happy Ending, the bands fourth LP was released in NZ and Australia in late 2007. The singles ‘Bright Grey’, ‘Bleaching Sun’ and ‘40 Years’ all received considerable radio and television airplay in New Zealand.


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