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they've got it all and they're much better at it than anything we've got over here ourselves.
Some would say flawless, rightly. Which is great but they won't change your life or blow you away or anything. It's unfortunate, really, but that's why.
Anyway the answer to the OP is clarly 'they're French'
Don't understand his lyrics much unless it's a song of their like 'Rome' or 'Long Distance Call'
And I'll be one the go ahead and say it no one wants to be a fan of a band b/c of Sofia Coppola
going to leedsfest to go see them live, I had been telling him how great they were but he never listened, but he did go and catch them, and is now raving about how great they are and why didn't I tell him :|
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (first half) = It's Never Been Like That > Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (second half)
Wolfgang...threatened (barely) Merriwether Post Pavillion's album of '09 status
Half-joking, of course, but we could and will go on about why they're not more popular. They defos should be but there's too many bellends like me out there that got into them but would now just rather to other poppy bands like Vampire Weekend and The Drums.
headlined Field Day, reputed drew a crowd vastly bigger than Pavement at Coachella... I just think the issue is that indie records don't get into the charts these days, so their profile's a bit lower. I think the fact that they're kind of MOR and accessible (in a very pleasant way) has probably helped the record become a bit of a sleeper hit, whereas MPP did its business at the top of last year.
'alt' and college radio fodder out there - alongside weezer, blink 182 etc.
They were excellent at reading though. Had a great light show as well which I don't think is in the online coverage.
And that's about the only track I still listen to. They just don't really thrill me.
Place was pretty packed, not quite as much as when Beirut played the week before though. It was a strange crowd, very diverse, including guys with short gelled hair and tribal tattoos and stuff. The show was good, first few songs were really loud and aggressive and exciting but it just kind of meandered after that; there was also a lack of interaction with the crowd until the last song of the encore. I could see them easily making the step up to stadium gigs, it seemed a bit Killers-ish to me.
That said, my friends seemed to really enjoy it, so what do I know?
but their lyrics are a bit left of centre for them to be properly big. Unless they do a Kings of Leon I can't see them ever progressing beyond Brixton Academy filling popularity.
Vampire Weekend are always on the Radio 1 playlist, Phoenix aren't. Seems unfair - '1901' should have been a massive hit.