Phoenix is an alternative rock band from France that, in recent years, has become wildly popular in the US. Their breakthrough album was “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”, released in May 2009. Their single from that album, “1901”, was featured in a Green Bay Packers montage during the Super Bowl the following year. This immediately launched the band to a new level of popularity.
While the band has many ties to traditional rock ‘n’ roll, Phoenix puts a unique twist on their music. Their style has become more defined and consistent with each album they have released. The latest, “Bankrupt!”, is set to be released later this month.
Similar to Phoenix is the band Friendly Fires. The band is based in England and released their debut album in 2009. “Pala”, their second album, came out in May 2011. Sadly, the band’s trumpet player passed away unexpectedly just a few months after “Pala” was released. Friendly Fires bounced back and played their biggest tour ever at the end of 2011.
While Phoenix and Friendly Fires have several similar characteristics (check out their web addresses!), Friendly Fires has a less consistent style. They range from traditional alternative rock to a dancier pop sound. However, the band has said that they do not intend to stick to the poppy style heard in “Pala”. Instead, singer Ed MacFarlane says they want to do something completely different. He has been quoted saying they are “still learning how to write music” and that the next album will likely contain “more drawn-out, psychedelic jams”.
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