Phoenix Part 2

Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Live on SNL)

Bankrupt! (2013)[edit]

On April 5, 2011, the band posted a blog update on their website entitled “Songwriting…” that revealed CCTV stills of a studio in which the band was working.[19] The band has stated in interviews that the album is going to be a departure from the pop sounds of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and they are trying to create something more experimental.

On January 16, 2012, the band revealed that they had completed four songs for the fifth album and it is scheduled for a late summer 2012 release, with a fall (autumn) tour. Daniel Glass, the founder of Glassnote Records, stated in relation to the new material, “It’s very hard to beat Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but this could be revolutionary,”[20]

The band then updated its webpage to display the cryptic words. Pluviôse, (until the end of March 2012), Thermidor (since April 2012) and Vendémiaire (since September 2012)—the words replaced the CCTV still that was published in October 2011. PluviôseThermidor and Vendémiaire are three of the months of the French Republican Calendar (also known as the Revolutionary Calendar[21]).

On January 16, 2013, exactly one year after the announcement that the band had completed four songs for the album, Bankrupt! was revealed as the title of the fifth album and a teaser was released on the Phoenix website.[22]

On February 12, 2013, a redesigned Phoenix website further promoted the “Bankrupt!” album, with an official release date of April 22, 2013, published on the website’s opening page that features an animated writing sequence.—a message from the band is written by an invisible hand, while music plays and states, mostly in English, with some French: “Dear all, our new album, Bankrupt!, will be released the week of April 22nd. Here [the word “Here” is a link to the website page that reveals both the album cover art and the tracklisting] is the tracklisting as well as the album cover. Much love et à bientôt [“and see you soon”]. Thomas Branco Mazzalai Deck.”[23] The cover depicts a color drawing of a peach next to a peach slice, with a pink flower and two green leaves; the tracklisting includes song titles such as the title track, “SOS in Bel Air”, “Bourgeois”, and “Oblique City”.[24]

Consistent updates in relation to the fifth album have appeared on the band’s Facebook fan page and, as of February 12, 2013, the new fan page reflected the new aesthetic of Bankrupt!. On January 21, 2013, the fan page’s cover photo was changed to a straightforward pink and black image in which the words “Phoenix Bankrupt!” were written in large, bold and black capital letters against a plain pink background[25]—this cover photo was then replaced on February 12, 2013 with an image of the word “Phoenix” written in large, bold and white capital letters against a light grey background.[26]

A schedule of the major music festivals that Phoenix will perform at in support of the new album was announced and headline positions were confirmed for Germany’s Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festivals,[27] Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,[28] Primavera Sound,[29] andLollapalooza.[30] The band also appeared at the Beale Street Music Festival in MemphisTennessee, U.S.,[31] and will appear alongside acts such as Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails at the “Made in America” festival during Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.[32]

On February 18, 2013, the band released “Entertainment”, the first song from the band’s new album.[33] On March 7, 2013, a music video for the song, directed by Patrick Daughters, was released[34] On March 28, 2013, Phoenix started their 2013 tour in Vancouver, Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and performed their first concert in two years—the show’s setlist included “Sunskrupt!”, a song that combines “Bankrupt!” and “Love Like A Sunset”.[35][36] Phoenix performed on American television during the next month—on April 6, Phoenix was the musical guest onSaturday Night Live[37] and performed “Entertainment” and “Trying to Be Cool/Drakkar Noir”;[38] on April 18, 2013, the band repeated the two-song setlist on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On April 22, Phoenix played a rare London show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the day that Bankrupt! was released. Mars entered the crowd and sang while immersed in the audience for a large portion of the show; he then climbed up cables to the first-level balcony and “crowd-surfed” his way back to the stage. In a review of the performance, music writer Josh Holliday declared: “And along with peace, love and understanding, what the world needs now is a band we can all believe in as one. That band is Phoenix.”[28]

On May 6, 2013, Phoenix were taped for the thirty-ninth season of live music television series Austin City Limits (ACL) at Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, U.S.[39] Mars again sang from the audience and, at the end, walked onto the mezzanine while singing and thanked the audience along the way.[citation needed] Terry Likona, executive producer of the show, announced that Phoenix would co-headline the two-weekend Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2013, alongside other acts such as Kings of LeonWilco, and Depeche Mode.[40][41]

In media articles on Bankrupt! since the album’s release, Mars has provided insight into the circumstances that influenced the creation of the band’s fifth album: “At that time, we started talking about success and not music. I guess it was time to protect ourselves and focus on music again.” The frontman refers to the period of intensive public attention that occurred in the wake of the Grammy Award-winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, an album that was Phoenix’s first record to achieve gold certification. Mars also reflected on the benefits of the band’s belated success: “We’re lucky that we didn’t have a hit single for a while, so when we play live, people are not expecting just one song and we don’t tour as a greatest hits band, which can be sad I’m sure.” In a more general sense, Mars also emphasized the importance of the live setting for Phoenix and its relationship to studio work: “I guess we’re perfectionists in the way that when we make an album, we know it’s going to last. It’s important that it’s exactly how we want it to be. But when the record is done, it’s all about imperfection. It’s all about playing live.”[15]

Bankrupt! debuted in the #4 position on the American Billboard 200 album chart and a Phoenix world tour will be completed over a large part of 2013—the final show will be performed in Düsseldorf, Germany on November 22, 2013.[15]

Phoenix – Entertainment (Official Video)


  • Laurent Brancowitz – guitar, keyboards
  • Thomas Mars – vocals
  • Deck d’Arcy – bass, keyboards
  • Christian Mazzalai – guitar

Tour support[edit]

  • Thomas Hedlund – drums
  • Robin Coudert – keyboards, percussion

Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better


Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 United

90 37
2004 Alphabetical

  • Released: 29 March 2004
  • Label: EMI, Source, Astralwerks
41 46 41 68 4 11
2006 It’s Never Been Like That

  • Released: 15 May 2006
  • Label: EMI, Source, Astralwerks
34 81 74 66 86 89 41 14 18 108
2009 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

14 13 66 19 23 27 22 18 64 39 34 54 37
2013 Bankrupt!

  • Released: 22 April 2013[56]
  • Label: Glassnote, Loyauté
3 5 31 4 22 21 22 18 10 57 14 4

|- | 2013 |Bankrupt!

  • Released: 22 April 2013[57]
  • Label: Glassnote, Loyauté

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Phoenix – Long Distance Call

Live albums[edit]

Year Details
2004 Live! Thirty Days Ago

  • Released: 8 November 2004
  • Label: EMI, Source, Astralwerks
2010 iTunes Live from Soho[58]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)



1999 “Party Time” United
“Heatwave” Non-album single
2000 Too Young 97 148 United
2001 “If I Ever Feel Better” 12 23 4 67 65 8
2004 Everything Is Everything 91 74 Alphabetical
Run Run Run 66
2006 Long Distance Call It’s Never Been Like That
Consolation Prizes
2009 1901 84 3 1 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix US: Platinum[68]
Lisztomania 111 5 4 56 US: Gold [68]
2010 “Lasso” 31
2013 Entertainment 43 22 177 22 11 29 Bankrupt!
“Trying to Be Cool” 19

Music videos[edit]

  • “Too Young” directed by Steven Hanftdong
  • “Everything is Everything” directed by Roman Coppola
  • “If I Ever Feel Better” directed by Alex & Martin
  • “Rally” directed by Daniel Askill and Lorin Askill
  • “Funky Squaredance” directed by Roman Coppola
  • “Run Run Run” directed by Mathieu Tonetti
  • “(You Can’t Blame It On) Anybody”
  • “Long Distance Call” directed by Roman Coppola
  • “Consolation Prizes” directed by Daniel Askill
  • “Lisztomania” directed by Antoine Wagner
  • “1901” directed by Dylan Byrne, Ben Strebel, Bogstandard
  • “Entertainment” directed by Patrick Daughters


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