October 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Back in their hometown after two European tours in one year, the Phoenix Foundation’s most recent show on the Wellington waterfront as part of the city’s Rugby World Cup festivities reminded me just how lucky we are in Wellington that they continue to do what they do.
The Phoenix Foundation is one of Wellington’s treasures. They’ve released four wonderful albums, contributed to a couple of film soundtracks, made a few EPs and been a constant cultural organism in the city’s musical fabric for over ten years.
Singer and guitarist Luke Buda told me the day after the show that the group had played 50 concerts in 2011, as many as the band had played in the previous four years. They were disappointed by the small but faithful crowd of about 400 that showed up to see them play the Fan Zone but it was a weeknight and the publicity had been ramshackle.
It didn’t matter to those of us who were there. The Phoenix Foundation is back among their first fans and the music shimmered across the waterfront while the wind stayed away and the stars sparkled.
There are many better quality videos of the group to be found on YouTube and elsewhere but for a little while at least, these videos I took of them on a still and clear Thursday night on the harbour’s edge will be the most recent.
For the record, the videos were made with a Flip video recorder – high definition on a small screen and fuzzy on a larger one.