Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross will play at "Wave-Gotik-Treffen" on 18.05.2018.
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SWEET POSITIVE "At Her Majesty's Pleasure"
(Azalea So Sweet / Chris Hughes / Phil
debut album on Moloko +
CD Release Party: 07.04.2018 @ Zizkovsiska, Prague (CZ)
|Together with Azalea's unbounded enthusiasm for Melbourne/Berlin rock
music, it was her raw and untapped talent that first attracted the
attention of renowned drummer Chris Hughes (Rowland S. Howard; Mick
Harvey; Nikki Sudden; Alex Hacke; Hugo Race; Fatal Shore; Dim Locator).
After Hughes recorded some demos with Sweet Positive in 2016, his
erstwhile band mate Phil Shoenfelt (Khmer Rouge; Fatal Shore; Southern
Cross; Nikki Sudden; Dim Locator) decided to get involved as well. The
result is a five song mini album – produced by Shoenfelt – called “At
Her Majesty’s Pleasure”. The CD was released by the German label Moloko +
in January 2018. Songs such as “Under The Cherry Tree” and “Kill Me”
are spooky but melodic, drawing the listener into a vortex of repetitive
riffs and dark, magical imagery. The cover art by Julia Chochola is
also remarkable for its hypnotically suggestive swirls of red, white and
black, opening pathways into the viewer’s unconscious, as does the
|† MARK E. SMITH
Still processing the unwelcome news.
R.I P. Mark E. Smith, a bona fide genius of rock & roll. A master of
lyrical opacity tuned in to frequencies that others didn’t hear. An original, a
maverick, a man who stayed true, not only to himself but his prole art muse.
Partly because he was made that way, partly to piss off the slags and slates of
Medialand GB. Despite the confrontational attitude, a fair and generous heart –
be straight with him and he’d be straight with you. Belie yourself with guile
or cliché, and his psychic antennae would
quickly find you out. Not a man to trifle with, always preferred the red pills
to the blue. Having said this, he did have a wicked sense of humour. Of course,
he could be mean and curmudgeonly, even vicious when the mood took him – as he
said last year in an interview, he could “clear a pub” when he wanted to. Proud
of it as well, showed he hadn’t lost his edge, Mark the Manc and all that.
First time I saw The Fall play live was at Manchester Poly in 1978. The last
was in Aberdeen 2005, when I opened for them at The Lemon Tree. In between the
first and last, my band Khmer Rouge supported them on several UK tour dates; my
ex wife Marcia joined them on keyboards when Khmer Rouge split in 1986; Claus
Castenskiold, ex drummer of Khmer Rouge, painted several of their album covers;
Mark released my first solo single in 1989 on his label Cog Sinister (he fucked
up the mix on the A side, but if he hadn’t given me a break and a bit of hope,
I doubt I’d ever have escaped the Camden Town shooting gallery). So yeah, a
long and sometimes “difficult” relationship – I guess the 60 + former band
members have ambivalent feelings too. But at the end of the day his vision
prevailed, influencing everyone from Sonic Youth to Pavement to Sleaford Mods.
Not to mention tipping the wink to Post-rock, lo-fi, Industrial and Noise.
Fiery Jack came up from Hell, and he never did go back to the slow life.
Cheers, Mark, and thanks for everything.
Mark Edward Smith: born 05/03/1957,
|† WILLIAM HART STRECKER
is with great sadness that Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross announce
the passing of our close friend, the American
singer/musician/songwriter William Hart Strecker. William died suddenly of a heart attack on 12/22/2017 while working on
one of his favourite activities, landscape gardening.
At one time
managed by Bob Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, William gave up music
for several years, before returning to his true passion in 1998
following a near-fatal car accident. Since then he has released several
brilliant CDs of his urban R & B flavoured songs, which feature
such world-renowned musicians as Ken Rich, Tommy Eyre, Chris Eminizer
and Frank Vilardi. The quality of his songwriting puts him up there
with immortals such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Steve
Earle, while a list of the people he has worked with reads like a
"who's who" of American Rock, Soul, R & B and Country. He and his
music will be greatly missed, not only by his many fans but by the
We treasure our memories of playing with William
several times at the Salt Creek Grill in Princeton NJ, and also the
time he played with us at the Prague pub U Vystrelenyho Oka.
Condolences, love and support to his ever-loving wife Margaret "Peg"
Strecker, his family and to all of his many friends, collaborators and
admirers. William Hart Strecker RIP.
Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross
|† MIRKO SENNEWALD
It is with
great sadness that Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross announce the death of our friend, the cultural
activist and promoter Mirko Sennewald of Dresden, after a long and brave battle
with cancer. He passed away in the early hours of 12th November
Mirko was the inspirational force behind the Bunte Rebublik Neustadt
music and arts festival, and invited PS & SC to play there on several
occasions. Through his work with the Transmusic agency, and later with Kultur
Aktiv, he made cultural connections and exchanges between Dresden and Prague,
and also with authoritarian former Soviet republics such as Belarus. To say he
was energetic would be an understatement. Mirko was fifteen years old when he
escaped the communist DDR (GDR) regime with his mother, via the West German
embassy in Prague. Along with several hundred others, they were allowed to
leave in a sealed train that took them to freedom in the west. On October 1st
2009, the twentieth anniversary of that historic journey to Hof, I was
privileged enough to participate in a recreation – The Freedom Train –
organized by Mirko to commemorate the event.
Maybe because of his experience
living under communism, and the knowledge that change was possible, he was
motivated towards human rights and freedom of expression, using his
considerable organizational skills in the cultural field to good effect. An
inspirational figure indeed.
All of us who were lucky enough to know and work
with him will miss him more than words can express.
Mirko Sennewald, dead at
|Vernissage for "City Primeval:
New York, Berlin, Prague" - an anthology of underground writing and rare
photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand:
30.11.2017 @ Haus Schwarzenberg Kino, Berlin, Germany
Shoenfelt + Marcia Schofield (ex keyboard player of The Fall) will play
together for the first time since 1986. They will perform the Khmer
Rouge song "City Primeval" in the Haus Schwarzenberg Cinema at 21.45,
following the films and photo projections. Later, Phil Shoenfelt will
perform solo with other contributors to the book at the after show
party in Haus Schwarzenberg Eschschloraque.
"City Primeval. New York, Berlin, Prague"
curated by Robert Carrithers & Louis Armand
An anthology of stories, essays, interviews and
photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand. An extract (6000 words)
from Phil’s New York book STRIPPED is included, alongside work by Lydia
Lunch, Nick Zedd, Nat Finkelstein, Victor Bockris, Penny Arcade, Max
Dax, Anthony Haden Guest, Christoph Dreher, Marcia Resnik, Peter Milne,
Rudi Protrudi, Mark Reeder, Marketa Baňková and many, many more.
CITY PRIMEVAL is “a constellation of personal documentaries of place
& time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians, designers,
filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from within the
New York, Berlin & Prague underground scenes from the late 1970s to
the present; from New York Post-Punk & No Wave, to the fall of the
Berlin Wall & Reunification, to the Velvet Revolution & the
Also included are photos of Khmer
Rouge, Fatal Shore, Jolana Izbicka and Phil Shoenfelt.
The book is published by Litteraria Pragensia and takes its title from the Khmer Rouge song “City Primeval”.
out more, go to:
Available @ amazon (Paperback / eBook)
|An excerpt of Phil's forthcoming book STRIPPED can be found on Equus Press website.
heard with sadness about the death of the great Australian producer
Tony Cohen. A wildly creative force in the studio with The Birthday
Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Once Upon A Time and numerous
others. I count myself lucky that I had the experience of working with
him on my first solo single "Charlotte's Room"/"The Long Goodbye" back
in the late 1980s. I would like to express my condolences to his family
and friends. R.I.P. Tony Cohen, a maverick, a star and a true original."
|Phil has recently finished producing the debut CD by Prague band SWEET POSITIVE. A five song mini-album, the CD is called AT HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE and will be released in autumn of 2017 by the German label Moloko +.
Phil also plays guitar on the recording and Dim Locator band mate Chris
Hughes plays drums. The line-up is completed by singer/songwriter
Azalea SoSweet on bass guitar and Sidi Santini on electric guitar, F/X
and slide guitar. The title of the CD is a play on words. The obvious
first meaning alludes to “femdom” sexuality; the second is a British
idiom meaning to serve time in prison – all UK prisons officially
belonging to Her Majesty the Queen.
|Phil has also just finished editorial work on “CITY PRIMEVAL:
NEW YORK-BERLIN-PRAGUE”, an anthology of stories, essays, interviews
and photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand. An
extract from Phil’s New York book STRIPPED is included, alongside work
by Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd, Nat Finkelstein, Victor Bockris, Penny
Arcade, Max Dax, Anthony Haden Guest, Christoph Dreher, Marcia Resnik,
Peter Milne, Rudi Protrudi, Mark Reeder, Marketa Baňková and many, many
CITY PRIMEVAL is “a constellation of personal documentaries of
place & time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians,
designers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from
within the New York, Berlin & Prague underground scenes from the
late 1970s to the present; from New York Post-Punk & No Wave, to
the fall of the Berlin Wall & Reunification, to the Velvet
Revolution & the Prague Renaissance.”
The book will be published by
Litteraria Pragensia in September 2017 and takes its title from the
Khmer Rouge song “City Primeval”. To find out more, go to: facebook.com/pg/CityPrimeval/about/
Simultaneously with these activities, Phil has been working on several
other projects: writing new songs for Southern Cross; working on
STRIPPED (which is due to be published in English by Equus Press in 2018); and writing lyrics for the next CD by New York band Sour Jazz. Phil will also be guest vocalist on the album, which will be produced by the legendary Ramones producer Daniel Rey.