The Phoenix Foundation Profile

Amanda Mills
24 Feb 2014

A decade ago, Wellington’s music scene was known for dub-reggae hybrid bands and hard rockers Shihad, rather than a sextet of often hirsute alt-rockers named after a well-known TV show.

In 13 years, The Phoenix Foundation has gone from being a band with a local cult following to winning national awards and playing on international music shows and festivals, while their recordings regularly gain good press.

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Evolution Did
Bleaching Sun
The Phoenix Foundation on their first visit to London, 2007
Black Mould (Live Sundae Session)
The Happy Ending album cover in front of Edvard Munch's The Scream in Oslo taken by a fan and gifted to The Phoenix Foundation
Phoenix Foundation on their first tour, pictured outside the Kings Arms in 2000. The photo includes Lynley Hill (their early manager) and Nic McGowan (sound). The China Cove lineup, it also features Tui Langford (bass) and Noel Phear (drums).
Publicity shot for Buffalo
Publicity shot for Buffalo
Let Me Die A Woman
The winning entry in the Phoenix Foundation "Design a buffalo" T-shirt competition
The Phoenix Foundation, 2020.
Photo credit: Photo by Ebony Lamb
Luke Buda recording guitar overdubs on Fandango at Roundhead Studios
Damn The River
The Phoenix Foundation's 2014 CD/digital EP Tom's Lunch which included the Record Store Day 2014 7-inch vinyl release Bob Lennon John Dylan / Asswipe
Friendship, 2020.
Bright Grey (album version)
Luke Buda, Lee Prebble, Samuel Scott with the Tui Awards for the 2010 Best Producer for The Phoenix Foundations' Buffalo
Photo credit: Courtesy of Recorded Music New Zealand
40 Years
Flock of Hearts
Doing overdubs for Fandango at the band's studio/practice space in Wellington
The Phoenix Foundation's 6th album Give Up Your Dreams, released in August 2015
Setlist from Botanique, Brussels, January 2011
The 2015 digital only Big Mac single release to support the Black Caps. It was written, recorded and released all on the same day in March.
All In An Afternoon
The Phoenix Foundation - Give Up Your Dreams (starring Bret McKenzie, 2015)
The Phoenix Foundation in 2007
Going Fishing
The Phoenix Foundation at Paradiso, Amsterdam, January 2011
Fandango promo shot. The first photos with new drummer Chris O'Connor. L to R: Luke Buda, Conrad Wedde, Samuel Scott, Will Ricketts, Tom Callwood, Chris O'Connor.
Rehearsing for a short NZ tour with Ryan Prebble filling in for Will Ricketts, who was touring Europe with Conan Mockasin at the time
Tom Callwood and Luke Buda recording Fandango in2012, at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. Luke is holding one of Neil Finn's Les Paul Goldtop guitars.
Love Is The Drug - Live 2008
Bitte Bitte - live for The Fly Sessions
European Tour video made by Tom Callwood, synched to a live version of Wildlife recorded in Paris
The Phoenix Foundation in The Ramen Shop, Newtown, Wellington, 2015: L-R, Luke Buda, Conrad Wedde, Tom Callwood, Samuel Scott, Chris O'Connor and Will Ricketts
Photo credit: Photo by Will Moore
The Phoenix Foundation at London's Scala in 2011
On the Buffalo European tour. The Phoenix Foundation are in the car park of a motel on the outskirts of Paris, where they spent three days decompressing after 23 shows in a row without a day off.
The 2014 Record Store Day limited edition (500 copies) 7-inch single Bob Lennon John Dylan
The Captain
Flock of Hearts- live at Rough Trade East, London 25/01/11
Luke Buda and Samuel Scott (with Richie Singleton and Tom Callwood behind) at The Scala, June 2, 2011
The Phoenix Foundation play London's Scala to a sold-out crowd in 2011
On Later With Jools Holland, 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Matt Mcleod
Chris O'Connor and Tom Callwood at a Christmas function. This was O'Connor's first live gig with the band.
Slightest Shift In The Weather
This Charming Van

Samuel Flynn Scott - vocals, guitars, keyboards

Luke Buda - vocals, guitars, keyboards

Conrad Wedde - guitars, keyboards

Will Ricketts - keyboards, percussion

Chris O'Connor - drums

Tim Hansen - bass

Warner Emery - bass

Richie Singleton - drums

Tom Callwood - bass


Flying Nun


Warner Music

Capital Recordings


Slowboat Records

Memphis Industries

Young American Recordings