Phoenix is a rock band from France.
You don’t normally associate France with rock and roll. England? Definitely. Germany? Maybe? But seldom do you ever think the République francaise can kick out the jams.
Phoenix actually plays alternative rock tinged with new wave and synthpop. If you’re looking for similar bands check out Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit, and Foster the People.
Despite being French, Phoenix sings most of their songs in English.
Phoenix is comprised of vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, guitarist Laurent Brancowitz, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai. d’Arcy and Brancowitz also play keyboards.
Brancowitz and Mazzalai are brothers.
Thomas Mars is married to film director Sofia Coppola.
Before joining Phoenix, Brancowitz was in a band with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Bangalter and Homem-Christo later formed a little outfit called Daft Punk.
Phoenix’s music has been used in the movies Lost In Translation and Shallow Hal.
Phoenix tickets have been collected all over the world. Their live shows have been particularly well received. Mars is quite the charismatic frontman.
Phoenix released their debut album, United, in 2000.
Phoenix has performed on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Austin City Limits.
The documentary From a Mess to the Masses is all about Phoenix.
The band’s first album to make a significant dent in the United States market was Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009). The album peaked at 37 on the Billboard 200 and certified Gold by the RIAA.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix appeared on at least a half dozen “best of” year-end lists.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix also won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
In 2011, Phoenix’s song “1901” was used during Super Bowl XLV in a Green Bay Packers video.
Phoenix’s fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, dropped on April 22, 2013. It cracked the top ten in the United States peaking at number four.
Bankrupt! was mixed on the same console that Michael Jackson used to record Thriller. The band bought the piece of equipment on eBay.