Father Phoenix Redefines “Wall of Sound” With New Material


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Words by Erin Wolf

Everything you loved about 70s hard rock is alive and well with Father Phoenix as they display even prog-ier tendencies with added Hammond wailing on their epic new EP Large Bodies. Recorded and mixed at Howl Street Studios with Shane Hochstetler and mastered at Mastermind Studios by Trevor Sadler, Large Bodies is thick, raucous and relentless. Digging into epic metal scenarios where “waters wake up on starless nights / glory sleeps in starless lives” (“Starless”), Father Phoenix has created a lyrical backdrop that reflects a caustic cauldron of sound that sweeps and swirls from beginning to end. 

Guitarist/vocalist Kristopher Maedke-Russell picks off a track from their down the road full-length and explains the creation of its chaos.” ‘Tonight’ was written close to the end of writing for the new full-length album Father Phoenix Finds a Planet New to Man,” Maedke-Russell says.  “The lyrics and mood evoke the lightheartedness of young lovers hellbent on living in the moment and for no one but each other and themselves, which has become a major theme in the album.”

Check out new material from Father Phoenix at the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth) this Friday, July 10th. 10 p.m. 21+ Also playing: Mother Orchis, Vampire Hands (MN). 

Father Phoenix, “Tonight”


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