They may not be a household name, but they will be soon enough.
French rockers Phoenix are stopping in Vancouver on their latest tour, in anticipation of the release of their new album, Bankrupt.
Hailing from the French city of Versailles, Phoenix had their breakthrough with the 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Featuring catchy numbers like 1901 and Lisztomania, the record won a Grammy as best alternative album.
The band has since attracted a huge international following with its rock and roll take on dance music – all bouncy drums, lush synthesizers, rhythmic guitar hooks and stick-in-your-head, hummable lyrics. Read on for details on how to win a pair of tickets.
After touring extensively for three years, the band is set to unveil a new album, called Bankrupt, in late April. A single from the album, Entertainment, was released in February and has already proven a sensation on YouTube (and is sure to be featured in more than a few car commercials in the year ahead). Riding a wave of popularity in North America, Phoenix is scheduled to be a headliner at this spring’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Fronted by vocalist Thomas Mars (no relation to Bruno), the band brings a European sensibility to alternative rock, with enigmatic lyrics about Parisian life and history and ’80s-style dance beats woven into lush, sophisticated arrangements. One important note: Despite their continental roots, Phoenix sings in English, with just a sprinkling of French phrases thrown in for effect.
As a warm-up for their Coachella gig, Phoenix is dropping by Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday, March 28. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, retweet the message below:
RT to win 2 tix to see Phoenix at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Mar 28, from @RemyScalza and @myVancouver: http://owl.li/iVXtv
One winner will be selected at random on Monday, March 25, and contacted via Twitter.
Update (March 25, 2013): Congratulations to winner Robin H!
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