May was very rich in live music I saw that month. After Sundance London, I took two week holiday. The first week I was in The Phoenix Foundation bliss. The guys came back to tour the UK and Europe to promote their new album, Fandango and for me seeing my favourite band from New Zealand just once is not enough.
On Monday May 13th, I went to Brighton to see them at Audio. I went early to spend all day in town, because I hadn’t been there yet. Brighton is very close to London and train tickets are very cheap if bought in advance, so I don’t know why I waited so long. I guess I needed an excuse and the concert was the best one.
From the distance, the Clocktower looked like if it was covered with feathers. When you got closer, you could see that they were shirts being moved by the wind.
I took my new little camera for this trip to save space in my backpack (I stayed over night at a hostel and I didn’t want to carry too much all day). I also didn’t know how long my new camera’s battery would last, so after taking photos through out the day, I was able to record just four or five songs in the evening. Mostly they were of supporting act, Lawrence Arabia.
If you don’t know yet, that I have created and run a fansite about The Phoenix Foundation, this is the best time to reveal it to you, because I’ve already written about their Brighton concert and posted my videos over there. So, if you’re interested in more details about the show, here they are. A few awesome things happened that evening (apart from seeing the guys again after two years and giving them a hug and hearing the new material live): meeting their new drummer, Chris and hearing my name and the name of my website being said by Sam from the stage. What a surreal feeling! On the next day, I find a review of the show in The Guardian with a link to my website! This is serious…
On Tuesday, I continued my TPF marathon. I took my sister and her boyfriend and we saw the band at Electric Ballroom in London, which was I think the best concert of the Phoenixes I’ve seen so far. More about it on my website. On Wednesday, the band had a short set at Rough Trade East music store in the afternoon. Videos here. I was saving my camera this time, because I knew that Sam, Luke and Chris would go in the evening to Lawrence Arabia’s concert at Sebright Arms to help his friend. I was happy I could capture some of the unique moments, like Luke’s first time playing Early Kneecappings on bass guitar or Sam rapping his Dalston Junction song. It’s all here.
In my original plans, I was thinking of following them to Bristol, but then I thought it would be too much. James (Lawrence Arabia) was tempting me having a bit of a laugh at me, but Sam promised they wouldn’t play anything that I hadn’t heard at least three times. I calmed them down that it was the last time they saw me on that tour and I would be flying to Poland next day.
And so I did. I spent the following week at my home looking after my cats while my parents went to a holiday resort by the sea.