Phoenix @ Manchester Academy

PhoenixManchester Academy, Feb 2014

Phoenix are one of those bands I've not really made that much attention to, if I'm honest. It's not that I dislike them - quite the opposite - I'd just never really given them chance. They've been getting quite a bit of 6music airtime of late, and have been steadily building a substantial fanbase in the UK.

I have photographed the French quartet once before, when they headlined the Radio 1/NME stage at Leeds Festival a few years back. On that occasion it was a total shit-heap to shoot, so I was hoping for a bit more luck on this tour.

An interesting (and possibly well known) fact about Phoenix - Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz was previously in a band called Darlin' alongside Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who went on to become Daft Punk. Cool, eh? I digress..

Unlike most gigs these days we weren't restricted on the number of songs we could shoot, which did make a refreshing change. Whilst it was great to have the run of more songs - which consequently had different lighting, giving my shots a bit more variety - it also meant there was less pressure to get the shots, which is something I enjoy.

Probably the highlight of the 7-8 songs I shot was when frontman Thomas Mars made his way down to the crowd for a few high-fives. Made for great tog fodder.

"Thou shalt spell the word Phoenix P-H-E-O-N-I-X, not P-H-O-E-N-I-X regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary Tells you"
Scroobius Pip